COLT - City of Lancaster Triathlon
Thank you for showing an interest in COLT City of Lancaster Triathlon Club. We are a club in the Lancaster and Morecambe District that was formed in 2008 and now one of the largest clubs in the North West.
We aim to support triathlon at all levels in the district and to encourage more people into this amazing and challenging sport. From complete novice to experienced athlete we want to help you achieve your goals. The club has established itself as the premier home for multi-sport athletes in the area and we are now open for membership at the bargain price of £15 via the Entry Central.
We have a very successful and active junior section - find out more here
Have a look at what our members are achieving all over the world in the Race Reports section
Anyone interested in triathlon shall be eligible for membership & all members shall be admitted at the discretion of the committee.
Cost of membership £15.00 for adults, £5.00 for juniors.
Members will be entitled to all the following
- Club Training sessions
- Club Meetings
- Social Events
- Access to website & forum
- Discounts at local retailers
- Vote at the AGM
- Cheaper rates at open water swimming sessions at Lakeland Leisure Village
You can enter online by clicking on the "Entry Central" logo below. What are you waiting for!
Latest Race Reports
Having done this event in 2013 and really enjoyed it, I was up for the challenge once again this...
My first ever European champs representing Great Britain’s U20 team, and it’s up there as one of...
The lead up to race day was quite almighty: the Underpants Run, John trying to photobomb every...
My first ever European champs representing Great Britain’s U20 team, and it’s up there as one of the hardest races I’ve ever done; more for the ‘new experience’ rather than the race.
After myself, my dad and many others from the British team trained for a flat and fast course, we were in for a surprise. I’m not sure of the exact elevation of the bike and run courses, but I’m certain that they weren’t “flat” like advertised!
The lead up to race day was quite almighty: the Underpants Run, John trying to photobomb every famous triathlete and getting a photo with ma hero Chrissie Wellington with the COLT flag.
So I woke up at a leisurely 0430hrs for porridge and a nice cup of tea, I felt quite calm about it. Also necked a load of Prolong to get some calories in early.
Next we walked to the start which wasn't far and I said cheerio to John and headed for the tattoo tent. Nobody was up for a chat and we sweated in the crammed tent in silence waiting for a volunteer to stick them on for us, it was still pitch black by this point. I got to my bike by 0550hrs and pumped up the tyres; everything looked ready. I hired a Quintana Roo PR6, one of the pros was even riding it and I thought it would be exciting to ride it.
Ullswater Standard distance Tri, 1 mile swim, 24 mile undulating cycle, 10k run.
With a start time of 2.20pm I set off on the hours drive in plenty of time to check in at the campsite and drive the 5 mins to the race start, parked up went to register and rack my bike. We (COLT) had 6 people racing so we all met up and chatted until it was time to walk down to the lake. The men started first with women and relay 10 minutes later. The temperature in the water was 19.5C so lovely and warm....that's about the only good thing I can say about the swim!
Six weeks after my return from Lanzarote Ironman, and I was debating whether or not to try my hand at The Day InThe Lakes half-ironman event. (DITL)
Two weeks after arriving back home, I was feeling good and quite strong. There were still places left for DITL and a good mixture of fellow COLTS in there too. Having supported this event for the last two years it really appealed to me that this was my sort of event: "I don't do easy" so I was in.
Why would anyone want to attempt a double ironman? I asked myself this many times both during this year’s race and last year’s. Step back a few years to the 1999 Lanzarote Ironman. I entered this race with a couple of friends from the Oxford Tri club with the intention that I would use it as a stepping stone to a double ironman in Virginia that October.
As many of you know, Lanzarote wasn’t a good race for me and I shelved any plans for ultra races and until this year I haven’t raced anything longer than Olympic distance (last year’s Enduroman doesn’t count as I didn’t finish).
*( well, 5km short of two thirds of one!)
Disclaimer: I have rather a lot of time on my hands at the moment and have rambled on a bit… do not feel obliged to read it all!!
Margaret Thatcher….. Margaret Thatcher….. Margaret Thatcher….
I am in a private cubicle, lying on a bed, stark, b*****k naked, with two young ladies in nurses uniforms gently soaping my body with warm flannels. Just to help matters, one of their friends has wandered in for a chat with them and is absent mindedly looking me up and down. I trust they are smiling and laughing with me, and not at me…
Here are some reflections from my day on 17 May 2014.
Wetsuits: Communal COLT gathering of getting into wetsuits together on race morning in T1 was quite special, everyone nervous and dealing with their anxiety in their own way but a real sense of “this is it and we are in it together”!
Swim start: Pretty damn awesome! Standing with Mandy, Christine, Tony J and Ian Bailey (who managed to rip the seam of his wetsuit 2 minutes before we set off – ooops!). Excited! Not knowing quite what the next 17 hours would bring……
Volunteers: They were fantastic, the lathered me in suntan cream in T1 and T2, they fed me bananas on the bike and coke on the run. Thank you!
Mobile bike mechanics: Thank goodness I didn’t have to call on their services – my chain came off but I got that back on myself no bother. However, their support was brilliant, on the climb to Haria, they kept driving past us stragglers, parking at the top of the next hill, jumping out and yelling support with Queen – We Will Rock You blaring from their van. Thank you!
Well here I go Lanza 2014 would I make the start never mind the finish!!!!
My illness raised its ugly head and I had my first drop attack in Abdet. I came off the bike which slowed me down a bit but I am a Jackson so I have to crack on!! They came & went so not knowing when the next one would be it was worrying! Got to the swim crying at this point but felt good. Jacko moment!!
Firstly everybody has already said it but thanks again to Chris and Fiona Wild. For all their support and arranging the meal on the Thursday night, running us up to La Santa for registration. Most of those who know me well know I really don't sleep before any triathlon especially IM distance. Sleep deprivation started the Monday before. I will cut to the day.
I remember queuing for the toilets with Andy Ley I can't say what I really said, but in not so many words I said 'what the hell am I doing here??' The swim was like any other triathlon, lots of bumps here and there. When I made it onto the bike it was great to see the COLT support and great to see fellow COLTs out there. I would have a chat before we had to move on. Parts of the bike course are great, but the majority of it really tests your physical and mental resolve. The helicopter kept me entertained, but I knew it wasn't filming me.
Ever since the birth of COLT, I've cajoled people to come and join me for my home race, Ironman Lanzarote, one of the friendliest and most iconic races in the sport of triathlon. For some reason this year, the number of COLTs willing to travel to the hot, windy rock gathered critical mass, and before 2014 had even begun, we had 23 members signed up for Ironman Lanzarote 2014. That's about double the number that had signed up for the English version, which takes places only around 25 miles from our home town. We were the 13th largest of the 62 nations competing!
“Excited” wasn't the word. Jack and I travelled down to Leicester on the Friday afternoon and spent the Friday night and Saturday night staying over with friends. Jack raced Nottingham sprint triathlon on Saturday, a qualifier for the ITU and ETU sprint triathlon championships. Jack was 30th in his category, racing against national age-group athletes and outright winners, and only six places away from qualifying for ETU triathlon champs next year. Well done Jack.
I registered and went to the race briefing on Saturday afternoon and then the spotlight was on me.
I am more than glad that Jack had raced on the Saturday, not only was it a good opportunity for him to race and try to qualify, but it also took a hell of a lot of pressure off me going into the race, knowing that the weekend wasn't just about me and I could support him.
Arrived Tues 13th, feeling a bit nervous, but injury free and fit, met up with colt members already camped at La penita apartments, arranged to register on Wednesday while incorporating a circuit of the bike route all arranged by Chris, + great coffee stop great day out felt relaxed,
Thurs back to le santa for race brief quite interesting for a first timer, Friday last minute prep for swim, bike, run kit, then down to transition to rack bike feeling a bit tense as never been in this big arena before, no backing out now H you are on your own so just deal with it, every body is in there own little world, then coach turns up every thing ok
Carr Hill Sprint Triathlon 31st March 2014 AKA ‘how not to do transition!’
The day dawned OK but I was tired already! The clocks had gone forward and if lack of sleep due to nerves is proportionate to the distance being raced thank goodness I can’t do Ironman! I arrived in plenty of time, it was a small field of 70 only its second year of running but everyone was friendly and chatty.
The swim went well, an old pool which meant 400m was 18 lengths not 16, I cracked my hand on the ladder at the side as I finished and thought I had broke it! Outside in just over 9 minutes so pleased with that then it all went pear shaped! I couldn't get my long sleeved top on as obviously I was wet and as I had insisted to myself that I had to be warm
I also had the rest of the paraphernalia to fight with! i.e. buff, gloves ,helmet liner, yada yada…..why I thought I would be that cold when I have been swimming outside over winter in 5 degrees!! I shot out of transition eventually and got to the mount area to be asked “ where’s your number?” in my haste I had forgotten it!! So had to go back!
Yesterday was Lancaster Duathlon hosted by My Tri Events. My first ever duathlon, and for now I’m saying possibly my last.
Looking back now it was quite enjoyable, just as any race is to a triathlete or duathlete, the bigger the challenge the more enjoyable and satisfying it is to have achieved it afterwards.
From somebody who has never raced a duathlon before, and predominantly does triathlons, theoretically it seems strangely easier than a triathlon. Seen as there is only two sports instead of three. However, as you replace the swim with a run to start off with, making it run/cycle/run the gap is filled. As somebody with running as their weakest discipline this becomes a problem. So I thought I would make the time up on the bike…
As we all rev up for the new season here's a brief résumé of the tris I did last season. My intention as ever lies in flying the flag for sprint and standard/olympic distance so maybe these brief accounts may whet your appetite! Hope to see you!
April: Ribby Hall Sprint Tri@ Wrea Green 400m swim/16k bike/5k run Popular local sprint tri, pool swim, flat bike, flat run.
a) Don't assume the bike rack will be in numerical order, my part wasn't!
b) Take care on the run- somehow they don't seem to notify the holidaymakers at the venue and you spend your time dodging cars!
After arriving Thursday afternoon and checking in at COLT HQ (La Penita Aparmements), it was soon time for me and my mate/supporter/medical assistant Jonny to head out for some food and get to bed.
Friday morning meant a 20 minute stroll down the Avenda De Playa to the hotel where registration was taking place. After visiting two very nice hotels (neither of which were the correct one) we found the right one. On arrival I was greeted by Kenneth Gasque, and after a short chat I went to get sorted. 514 would be my number. I was given a goody bag, carried out some obligatory triathlon mingling and left with Jonny to head back to the apartments. As it was only 10.30 and bike check in was not until 3 I took time to work hard on the tan! Kel and Andy Holgate will be pleased to know that I applied suncream to my head this time and therefore did not suffer the same fate as May 2012, which can only be described as a glowing red cone erupting from my head.
From the heat of Hawaii and Lanzarote, to the wilds of Scotland and Norway, amazing images from COLT members in races all around the globe and of course locally.
This year four COLT's were selected to represent Great Britain in their age-groups over a range of distances.
Jack Billingham qualified at Oulton Park duathlon in October 2013 and raced at the European Championships over the sprint distance in Horst, Holland in April 2014. He finished in 1:08:01 and was 8th in his age-category.
Niamh Lewis is racing Challenge Mallorca which is the European Championships in October 2014. Niamh qualified in middle distance triathlon after winning her age-group at the Outlaw Half 2014.
Jenny Evans is racing this year in Edmonton, Canada over the standard distance after qualifying in Chester in 2014.
Richard Mason raced in the ITU Pontevedra Duathlon World Championships over the long course and finished in 2:14:20 and was 30th in his age-category.
Two other COLT's, Sarah Hodgson and Beau Smith also represent GB in the elite category. Sarah raced at the ITU world series in Kitzbühel, and finished her first international race in 11th place!
More COLT international success! After competing at the Chester diva triathlon about 3 weekends ago (she says she didn't think she had done that well!) Jenny now has a place at the world championships in Edmonton Canada. "The race is the 1st September so I'm going to have to get training (and begging for money!) it's standard distance."
Racing - It’s been a busy few weeks on the COLT calendar with COLTs racing at home and abroad – Pontevedra (Northern Spain), Lanzarote and nearer to home in Coniston and Nottingham to name but a few. We also had our very first Double Ironman title last weekend going to Matt Barnes (alias The Beard). Well done to everyone racing, supporting and flying the COLT flag.
A date for your diary – Monday 23 June – will be holding an Ironman Distance swim (about 8 laps of the lake if I remember rightly) followed by a Q&A session about Ironman UK (20 July) and The Outlaw (27 July). Our very own IronHippy who has done both races with be there to lead the session. So come along after the swim if you are competing or just merely curious to hear more about long distance racing – everyone welcome.
Donation – we have received a small donation to the club from a grateful competitor at Ironman Lanzarote who was so impressed with the COLT support! COLT support crew your fame spreads!
Race Reports - Good luck to all COLTs with your training and racing over whatever distance this season – do let Tom Phillips, our Webmaster have your race reports for the website with photos if possible. It’s great to hear what everyone is up to. Niamh Lewis now posting the race reports to the website. Thanks for the Help Niamh!