New Website – Welcome

Welcome to the new and improved website of NE31 Triathlon club. The demand for a new website from prospective new members and current members has been very high, so without further a due, this is it.

We hope you like what you see. Feel free to have a look around on any page that interests you, from our latest news to events, from training to contacting us. Anything you need to know about NE31 Triathlon club is here on this website.

However, if there is anything you don’t see on our website, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Even better, why not pop along to one of our training sessions (see ‘training’ for further details). There will always be someone here at NE31 willing to offer you advice.

We’ll look forward to seeing you!

Don’t forget, we’re also on Facebook too so if you want to follow us please follow this link HERE (you must be logged in to Facebook first).

World Record Rowing Attempt

ian seanOn Friday 9th January, club members Sean McGuigan and Ian Spedding (pictured) will attempt to join the record books and achieve a life long dream…setting a new world record on a concept 2 rowing machine. On behalf of everyone at NE31 Tri Club, we wish Sean and Ian the best of luck in their endeavour – show your support by going along and cheering them on…C’mon!!! Sean recently wrote in his blog:

“It’s almost upon us.

On Friday 09th January 2015 at 10AM Ian Spedding and I will begin our attempt to break the existing Men’s over 40’s Heavyweight Tandem continual rowing World Record on the Concept 2 Rowing machine at Anytime Fitness in Gateshead.

The existing world record stands at 30 hours exactly. All being well we will pass the existing record at 4PM on Saturday 10th January 2015. We are aiming to pass the existing record by an hour.

The format is simple. From the moment that we start until the record is broken the flywheel must not stop moving. Nobody but Ian or myself must propel it or assist us to do so.

We really appreciate the offers of help and support. Many people have said that they will attend to offer support. I would imagine that the hardest point will be after midnight on Friday through until 8am on Saturday morning. So if anybody is passing by and can spare a couple of minutes between these times it would be a good boost.

We are still looking for an official sponsor for the event itself. Local newspapers are doing a feature on the attempt before the race and after the record is broken. These will carry photographs. There will also be radio interviews and a strong chance that local TV cameras will be present to film us passing the existing record. We are happy to wear sponsors logos on tee shirts and hats and place banners. For only a few hundred pound for the whole event it is a great chance to get some positive advertising for your business. If you think you know a business that may be interested then please make them aware of the event.

Can I ask everybody to share the details of the event by social media and word of mouth like in the old days.

Thanks for your help.


Tis’ The Season

shaun lawrence xc“It’s cold”

“There’s frost around”

“It gets dark sooner”…

All reasons why many athletes might back off their training this time of year. But not NE31′s athletes who are still out training in all weather and still racing in all kinds of conditions. “Winter smiles equals summer smiles” or so they say and NE31′s athletes look to be in great shape for a summer of smiles come 2015.

On Sunday 7th December, Tony Gladstone set himself the challenge of the Kielder Duathlon, a unique and tough event which consisted of a 7k off road run, 20k mountain bike ride followed by another trail run, which this time was 6k.  We are still waiting for the official results however Tony performed brilliantly with lots of noisy support from team mates Ali and Ken Kidger. We’ll add Tony’s time and finishing position asap.

The North East Harrier League Cross-Country series is well and truly into full swing. At the third instalment, at a quagmire of a course in Aykley Heads, Durham on November 22nd, we once again had representation in both the men’s and women’s races. In the men’s 10k event, Graham Stephenson was first home from the club in 245th position in 44.49 as Shaun Lawrence (pictured – photograph courtesy of Hippie Nixon Photography) finished in 427th in 53.02. In the ladies 4 mile event, Lisa Tweddle finished in 68th place in 34.08.

The fourth harrier league cross-country event took place just one week later at Wallington Hall in Morpeth. Andrew Hudson was the sole representative in the men’s event as he crossed the line in 483rd place in 59.14.


Mud, Sweat and (no) Tears

chris mWith the multisport season now over for another year, our athletes have been turning their hand to different challenges. From winter training miles to cross-country and running events, NE31′s members can still be seen out and about in as they prepare for the 2015 race season.

At the second installment of the North East Harrier League Cross-Country series at Temple Park we had representation in both the men’s and women’s events. In the men’s 9k race over a fairly flat but heavy course where there were over 450 finishers, Brendan McMillan finished in a superb 11th place overall in 31.49. Chris Morley (pictured) finished in 39th place in a speedy 33.35 as Tony Gladstone finished in 334th spot in 42.59. In the women’s 6k race in a field of over 300 finishers, Lisa Tweddle finished in 66th place in 28.33.

At the November edition of the popular Monthly Mile, Deborah Todd finished in a fantastic 21st spot in a great time of 8.32.

Money is now being taking for the club’s Christmas Party – see Michelle to book your place and for more information.

End of Season Sucesses

ne31 at hartlepoolAnd that’s a wrap folks! The 2014 Triathlon race season has now come to an end for another year and what a fantastic year its been for NE31 Triathlon Club – could it be the best year ever? It has certainly been special with personal bests beaten, new members competing in their first ever triathlon’s, new names added to the ironman hall of fame, comebacks, national medals and GB qualifiers. However, I have a suspicion that 2015 will be even better. Watch this space ;)

Before we reflect on this season and look to the season ahead, we have three more race reports to bring you from the past fortnights events. First up was Ironman Mallorca where Bob Skeoch, who has been enjoying a superb season, was flying the flag for NE31 Tri Club. Bob’s times have been improving again this year so heading into the race in Mallorca he was looking good for a strong performance over the 3.6 mile swim, hilly 112 mile bike and stage and 26.2 mile run leg. He clocked a brilliant swim time of 1.06 ensuring he was high up in the field, he went on to average a speedy 32kmh on the bike (6.06) and a strong, consistent run of 4.58 meant that Bob came out with a cracking overall time of 12.16.41. Bob Skeoch…You….are….an….ironman! On behalf of everyone at NE31 Tri Club, a big congratulations goes out to Bob :)

Next up was the Brownlee Triathlon, a beautiful sprint triathlon taking place on the Brownlee brothers (Alistair and Johnny) stomping ground at the picturesque Fountains Abbey in North Yorkshire. Now into its second year, the event has grown in popularity with more competitors than last year taking part. Sue Barnes was one of those athletes and she gave a great performance clocking an overall time was 2h:37m.  Her race was even more impressive the fact that she was hampered by cramp and a hamstring injury but by true NE31 grit, she did not give in. Sue said: “It was a good event with great weather – but the lake was unpleasant – full of silt and weeds! I was very glad to get out and onto the bike and I was pleased with my race overall”.

NE31 Tri Club were out in force at the Hartlepool Sprint Triathlon, the last triathlon race in the North East calender for 2014, with no less than 10 club members toeing the start line. It’s been great to see Ken Brown, one of NE31′s founding members, back in action this season as he once again enjoyed a brilliant race to be the first athlete home from the club in a brilliant 21st place overall and 3rd super vet in 1.10.50. Ken was followed closely by Andrew Softley in 26th in a great time of 1.11.17 with Tony Gladstone michael hartlepoolfinishing 36th in 1.13.04. Marc Flanagan posted a strong time of 1.15.28 for 54th place as he was followed by Michael O’Reilly (pictured) who is also enjoying a great comeback to his season in 74th place in 1.18.30. Jason Jobes finished in 80th place in 1.19.15 as Kenny Coates who has enjoyed his best season yet, finished 102nd in 1.22.02. David Robinson finished 164th in 1.30.18 with Ali Kidger following in 174th place in 1.32.00. Colin Wilkinson finished inside the top 200 for 196th spot in 1.38.06. Full results can be seen HERE.

Despite the North East multisport season being over don’t forget there are still plenty of events you can get involved in. There are cross-country events, road races, sportives, cyclocross events…the list is endless. If you are now enjoying a season break, enjoy it. If your winter training has already begun, be sensible but keep focused on your goals for 2015. With this in mind, and the 2014 multisport season being over, all that is left to say is on behalf of everyone at NE31 Tri Club, your family and friends, thank you! Your support and team camaraderie has been exceptional as always and something as a team we pride ourselves on and indeed are renowned for. Lets have more of the same for 2015 and make NE31 Tri Club bigger and better – we’ve got some big plans for next season, watch this space ;)


Ironman Wales

mark and dan walesIts been a non stop season this year for NE31′s triathletes where we have had representation in most events this season not just around the UK but also around the world and across around of distances and sports too. This theme continued at the weekend where we had our athletes in action at Ironman Wales and the Buttermere Long Distance Triathlons. We also had representation at the Monthly Mile in South Shields too.

First up was Ironman Wales, a fairly new event to the Ironman series which is regarded as one of the toughest events in the world. A tough choppy 3.8k swim followed by a 1 mile uphill run just to get to T1, a hilly 112 mile bike ride and to top it all off, a 26.2 mile undulating run making this event not one for the faint hearted. Mark Linney, in his second Ironman event of the season and Dan Weatherspoon (both pictured) in his debut Ironman were the athletes flying the flag for NE31 Tri Club. Neither of them enjoyed the swim leg which was made a lot tougher by the big waves (blame the weather) however once out onto the bike they soon forgot about that as they flew through the field. At the end of the bike leg there wasn’t much time separating these two strong athletes so it was going to be an interesting battle to see who would make it home first. On this occasion it went to Mark who once again clocked a superb time of 12 hours 31 mins with rookie, Dan following a mere 7 minutes back in a very impressive time of 12 hours 38 mins. On behalf of everyone at NE31, your family and friends, congratulations to Dan and Mark…now put your feet up :) . Full results can be seen HERE.

At the Buttermere Triathlon, another tough event taking place in Cumbria, we had Ian Spedding and Andrew Hudson in action. The Buttermere event takes place over a 1.5k lake swim, 44k bike and and 10k run – a reflection of how tough this event is shows in the finishing times. Normally, the winner in Olympic distance events will finish in just under 2 hours; today the winning time was just under 3 hours. Ian Spedding was first home from the club in this extreme event, crossing the line in a fantastic time of 4.10.59 for 142nd place. Andrew was performing really well with a strong swim and bike leg however during the fell run, he suffered a fall injuring his foot. As a result he was unable to carry on racing. Full results can be seen HERE.

At the Monthly Mile in South Shields, Deborah Todd made her debut over this distance. She performed really well and had a smile on her face the whole way around to clock a great time of 8.41. Full results can be seen HERE

sean rowFormer Royal Marine, Sean McGuigan (pictured) isn’t one to shy away from a challenge and his newest venture is no exception – he’s going to row across the Atlantic (thats an epic 3000 miles in total!), all in the name of charity as part of Tallister Whiskey Challenge next year. Training has already started for this event, which can take up to 90 days to complete and is a true test of endurance. In a recent interview with the Chronicle, Sean said: ““Clearly this will be very challenging and we will have to contend with fatigue in addition to the problems of hunger, sea sickness and weather conditions. It is our aim to win our class.” You can show your support to Sean by donating to his charity of choice at: You can also read the evening Chronicle article about Sean HERE

Get your glad rags on, we have a date and venue for the club Christmas Party :D . For further details and to buy your ticket, speak to Michelle – she will need a £10 deposit from everyone who would like to come. Remember, this is your chance to let your hair down and celebrate an amazing season with your team mates. Family and friends are also welcome too.

Ironman Wisconsin

graham s IM WisconsinCan you believe that the 2014 multisport race season is almost over again!? For some of you, the race season is actually over and your enjoying well deserved breaks but for some of you there are still a couple of events to go. This was the case last weekend as we had club members in action at the Ironman Wisconsin and Helvellyn Triathlon’s as well as the Great North Run.

First up was Ironman Wisconsin in the US of A and Graham Stephenson (pictured) was the sole representative of NE31 Tri Club. However, he was not only flying the flag for NE31, he was also flying the flag for the whole of the UK as the only British entrant in action. This was also Graham’s first attempt at the Ironman distance, a 3.2 mile swim, 112 mile bike and 26.2 mile run. With all of his training and race preparation done, Graham did himself, his family, friends and team mates exceptionally proud as he clocked a supeb time of 11.35.54 in very hot conditions. Congratulations Graham…You…are…an…Ironman :D !

Next up and a little closer to home, was the Hellvellyn Triathlon, a very popular race which is regarded as one of the toughest triathlon’s in the UK – not for the faint hearted. A 1 mile swim in the chilly waters of Ullswater, followed by a 38 mile very hilly bike ride including a 3-mile ascent up the infamous and aptly named “The Struggle” (aka as Kirkstone Pass) and to top it off an 8 mile run to the top of Helvellyn and back down the other side. First home from NE31 was club chairman and Helvellyn regular, Chris Morley in a brilliant 26th place (and 2nd V50) overall in 4.06.15. Andrew Softley was the clubs second finisher, 143rd in a strong 4.35.22 as Dave Smith followed in 282nd place in mcihelle wonderwoman4.59.03. Sean Lawrence in his first attempt at the Helvellyn Tri finished strongly in 457th place in 5.36.08. Full results can be seen HERE Free downloadable photographs courtesy of Sport Sunday can also be seen HERE

The final event last week but by no means the least was the Great North Run. As always we had club representation who joined the other 55,000 runners for this very popular 13.1 mile running event. I’m aware of three club members in action however there will no doubt been more of you – if this is the case, please let me know and I’ll update this section of the results. Michelle Hartley, running as her childhood heroin, Wonder Woman clocked a great time of 1.44, Sue Barnes courageously ran through a hamstring issue to clock 2.29. Marc aka as Elaine :p also enjoyed a good run too.

Paras 10 Results

brian parasCongratulations to Brian Anderson who competed at the notoriously tough Paras 10 on Sunday at Catterick Garrison. He had a brilliant result to finish 16th in his mv50 category from 108 finishers in his age group. The very popular race involves a 10 mile run with a twist where competitors have to carry 35lb in kit and run in boots too. Brian clocked a superb time of 1hr 50.26. Full results can be seen HERE

Rubicon and Newbiggin

Last weekend’s races were a tale of two totally different race distances, one being a sprint triathlon, the other being a half iron distance triathlon. Both events saw NE31 Tri club well represented, a theme which has ran through more events than ever this season from local races to those far and wide.

At the very popular Newbiggin Sprint Triathlon, we had no less than eight club members toeing the start line in the 750m sea swim, 20k bike and 5k run event. Dave Turnbull was first home from the club in his final race of the 2014 multisport season, finishing in a superb 7th place overall in a speedy time of 1.08.09. It was great to see club Chairman Chris Morley back racing and he gave a great performance to finish 13th overall in 1.10.03 and in doing so took 1st place in the supervet category. Ken Brown in his come back season improved yet again as he finished 38th overall in 1.15.36 as he was closely followed by Tony Gladstone who was 42nd in 1.15.52.

Michael O’Reilly once again gave a strong performance by finishing in a great 90th place overall in 1.21.21 as he was followed by Jason Jobes in 116th place in 1.23.19. Colin Wilkinson finished in 232nd spot in a solid time of 1.38.54 with Dean Jukes following 6 spots later in 1.40.16. Full results can be seen HERE

The Rubicon Half Iron distance triathlon, taking place at the picturesque Newby Hall near Ripon and now into its second year, saw no less than seven club members tearing up the tarmac. Race distances were a 1.9k swim, 58 mile bike and 13.1 mile run. First home from the club in 125th place, in his first ever attempt at this distance and in a superb time of 5.18.31 was Mal Ireland-Craig. He was followed a mere 29 seconds later by Craig Napper who clocked a great time of 5.19.00 for 127th spot. Mark Finlay, another first timer at this distance had a strong race to finish 157th in 5.31.31 as Kenny Coates, who has enjoyed his best ever race season, finished 214th in 5.47.52. Nick Roberts gave a great performance to finish 243rd in 6.06.32 followed just 60s later by Mark Kidger in 6.07.33. Strong woman, Ali Kidger (pictured) set a new pb time for this distance in 6.09.11 and 250th place. Full results can be seen HERE Official event photographs courtesy of Sport Sunday can be seen HERE

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Race Round-Up

MARK FINLAYThis week we bring you the results from five events from around the region across a range of different sports. These events are; The Spanish City Sprint Triathlon, The Bass Tri, The Monthly Mile, Ryton Tri 21 mile cycling time trial and last but not least, The Cock Crow 5k run.

First up was the Bass olympic distance triathlon, taking place in Bassenthwaite, Cumbria. We had 4 of our athletes toeing the start line alongside 200 other eager triathletes raring to go in the 1500m swim, 40k undulating bike route and fast 10k run race. First home from NE31 was Dave Turnbull notching up another top 10 finish in a superb 5th spot in a speedy 2.15.40. Bob Skeoch followed Dave home with a cracking performance in 30th place in 2.27.49. Ken Brown has been having a superb come back year this year and his fantastic progress continued as he finished 44th overall in a time of 2.31.39. Mark Finlay (pictured) enjoyed the performance of his season to claim 74th spot in another great time of 2.39.20. Full results can be seen HERE

Next up was the Spanish City Triathlon. Andrew Hudson was the sole representative of NE31 Tri at this new sprint event in Whitley Bay, but he flew the flag well as always as he finished in 152nd spot in a fantastic time of 1.38.42. Full results can be seen HERE

The Cock Crow 5k race, hosted by Jarrow & Hebburn AC, took place just down the road from our home base in Hebburn at the Cock Crow pub. Brian Anderson swapped two wheels for two legs as he competed in his first 5k for a few years to clock a swift time of 21.45 for 38th place. Andrew Hudson, who had competed in the Spanish City Triathlon just a few days earlier, raced well to finish in a time of 22.26 for 44th place.

At the Ryton Tri Hilly 21 mile TT (cycling), Kenny Coates showed that he is now fully recovered from his brilliant exploits at the Outlaw Ironman earlier this year as he clocked a fantastic time of 1.05.00 to finish in 35th place. Full results can be seen HERE

At the very popular Monthly mile event taking place on the Gypsies Green in South Shields, Paul Tyrell tore up the tarmac to clock a blistering new pb time of 4.50 as he ran out a clear winner of the event. It was great to see Sue Barnes, who is a regular competitor at The Monthly Mile, taking up marshalling duties too. Full results can be seen HERE