Swim start times out

Compo says you’ve got to read the race brief when you’ve got your swim start times for the First of the Summer Tri, sprint triathlon which takes place on Sunday 15th 2016.

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Early Bird Entry to First of the Summer Tri 2016 only £30

We’ve just announced our Early Bird entry to the First of the Summer Tri on 15th May 2016 is now open and it’s only £30.

The Early Bird price is available up to 31st December 2015, after which it increases to the full price of £42, so don’t leave it too late!

Enter now via this link.

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Last of the Summer Triathlon, Holmfirth 2015

At 8.00am on Sunday morning, 4th October 2015, with a grey and overcast sky, the first of 130+ swimmers started the first leg of their sprint triathlon at the Last of the Summer Tri in Holmfirth.

By the time the first elite triathletes had finished their swim, bike and run, the sun had started to shine through and the rest of the competitors were making their way through this multi-disciplined sporting event.

Holmfirth’s triathlon takes place twice a year, and is a sprint distance triathlon made up of 400 metres swim in a 20 metre pool, followed by an 24 kilometre cycle route. The run which is just under 6km, completes the triathlon at the swimming pool and sands recreation facilities in Holmfirth.

Joint organisers Dave Armitage and Simon Jones, were delighted at the response from competitors after the event on their Facebook page. The official technical report from Triathlon England, who were present on the day, had this to say “A real grass roots event which was well organised and delivered, just the sort of event I enjoy supporting.”

Steve Marshall, from Triathlon England continued, “Lots of positive comments were made by the athletes. They commented positively about the overall organisation and the support received. Many of the novices said they would be back to take part in future races. Excellent atmosphere.”

Dave Armitage, Race Director of Last of the Summer Tri said “Without our competitors, our sponsors and partners; The Butchers Arms, Albion Cycles, Holme Valley Sports Injury Clinic and Triathlon Box, all the marshals from Holme Valley Mountain Rescue, the volunteers, Purple Dog first aid, all our friends and family, we couldn’t put on one of the best local triathlons in our area. It’s down to everyone who made it such a success.”

Winning times recorded for the first male, were Paul Robson in a total time of 1:16:09 and the first female Anna Hobbs in a total time of 1:30:36. They both get first place prizes of Triathlon Boxes from entrepreneur John Paul Ashton, together with vouchers from local Holmfirth main sponsors The Butchers Arms and Albion Cycles.

First place local athletes Ben Humphreys and Emily Harris received sports massage sessions from local business owner and team GB triathlete Jonny McLean’s Holme Valley Sports Injury Clinic.

Team Phoenix (pictured) a local team of athletes from the Honley Phoenix Squash Club managed an impressive team relay effort in a combined time of 1:19:24 putting them in 4th overall place. Carl Tinson (m) did the 400m swim followed by Gary Culverwell (l) on the bike for 24km and finally Bradley Bedford (r) for the 5.7km run.

team-phoenix

Simon Jones, co-organiser of the event said “On the day, we raised over £250 through the sale of teas, coffees and home-made cakes for our chosen charity, Holme Valley Mountain Rescue, who were our marshals and volunteers. They always do a great job and support us at our events every year. We also had Steve, Helen and crew from Purple Dog Training supporting us for the first time with first aid and also helped with marshalling the event. They’re such a great team, and never failed to smile and help out and we’re looking forward to working with them in future events.”

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Holmfirth’s First of the Summer Tri 2015

British Summer time may have officially started but the triathlon season well and truly gets under way this weekend with the First of the Summer Tri in Holmfirth, West Yorkshire on 24th May 2015.

For what promises to be a thrilling bank holiday weekend in the Holme Valley, Holmfirth’s First of the Summer Triathlon will be a hotly contested race, following some of the latest Tour De Yorkshire bike route.

Consisting of a 400m pool swim, followed by a 24km bike ride around Holmfirth, New Mill and Brockholes and finally a 5.7km run, the sprint distance triathlon now in its fifth year, proves to be a popular first timer triathlon as well as a great start to the season for amateurs and pros alike.

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Holmfirth Harriers Mark Buckingham to Compete in the 2014 Last of the Summer Tri

We’re really really (really!) pleased to announce that Mark Buckingham will be joining us and competing at the Last of the Summer Tri on 12th October 2014. How cool is that?

Mark Buckingham Holmfirth Harriers

Mark who is a member of and trains with our friends at Holmfirth Harriers also trains with the Brownlee Brothers in Leeds. And if you didn’t already know, he recently won his first British Elite Triathlon for the Olympic Distance in June 2014 after previously being British Elite Duathlon Champion. So he’s got the creds then!

OK, whilst Mark is highly likely to win the Last of the Summer Tri, he won’t be taking all the glory from the two hotly tipped contenders going head to head; local lad Jonny Mclean and Hamish Shaw of Knutsford Tri Club.

Mark is sponsored by Yonda which is run by Angus Greenwood who some of you may know from Holmfirth Harriers.

 

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Butchers Arms Sponsors Last of the Summer Tri 2014

We’re really pleased to announce another headline sponsor for the Last of the Summer Tri 2014 is The Butcher’s Arms of Hepworth, Holmfirth.

The Butchers Arms Hepworth, Holmfirth

The Butcher’s Arms will not only be providing prizes for our main winners, but also random spot prizes on the day. They’ll also be providing a stand for competitors, spectators and families to buy and sample their produce on the day; 12th October 2014 at the Holmfirth Pool.

Commenting on the new sponsorship deal, Dave Armitage joint organiser of the Last of the Summer Tri said “This is another great local sponsor joining us in promoting the Last of the Summer Tri 2014 alongside our new friends at The Albion Cycling Company of Thongsbridge, Holmfirth.”

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New Local Sponsor for Last of the Summer Tri 2014

We’re really pleased to announce our new headline sponsor in this years Last of the Summer Tri 2014 is local bicycle shop and cafe Albion Cycling Company.

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Based in Thongsbridge Holmfirth, Albion Cycling Company was formed recently in 2014 by Darren Clegg and offers a full range of servicing, parts, accessories for road and mountain bikes, together with a great range of kids and family bikes from Orange, Focus and other great brands. And if that wasn’t all, there’s also a great cafe in the shop with home baked cakes and goodies that’s well worth a stop off on a bike route through Holmfirth.

The next Holmfirth Triathlon; Last of the Summer Tri is on 12th October 2014.

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First of the Holmfirth 10k a resounding success

Summer Tri Series organisers Dave Armitage and Simon Jones would like to say a big thank you to all entrants who made our first 10k race such a success today.

The weather stayed good if a little windy and followed some of the most stunning scenery on the tops of Holmfirth starting from Hade Edge.

The race set off from Hade Edge down Greave Road towards Rowan Yarns at Washpit Mills before heading up the steep cobbles of Green Lane on to Cartworth Road up towards the cricket club. Turning left onto White Gate Road takes you up and past Coddy’s Farm Shop before heading up the long slog of Linshaws Road and eventually onto the aptly names Bare Bones Road. A final left turn onto Dunford Road and it’s all thankfully downhill to the finish line in the recreation ground at Hade Edge.

Holmfirth 10k - 2014 winner Oliver Carter

Holmfirth 10k – 2014 winner Oliver Carter

First over the line was Oliver Carter from Ackworth Road Runners in a new course record time of 00:41:24 followed closely by John Watkins in a time of 00:43:30. First woman over the line was Ann Bonner is a time of 00:57.35. Full results can be found here.

Commenting on the race Ann Bonner said “For such a small event with only 19 runners, the atmosphere was great and it was lovely to be part of the first Holmfirth 10k from Summer Tri Series. I can imagine there will be a lot more wanting to take part next year and it would be great to see more female competitors.”

Joint organiser Simon Jones said “Thankfully the weather was good today and not as hot as yesterday. We did a sighting lap on Saturday morning and put the route signs up later on and the heat was getting quite unbearable.”

Joint organiser Dave Armitage said “We didn’t expect such a good turnout today. Word spread through Holmfirth Harriers which we’re very grateful for and through local word of mouth, so thanks to everyone for making our first 10k such a success.”

“It was also really great to see Rob Kelly take part too. Rob organises the Honley 10k Trail Run which is a great event which takes place on 23rd August 2014 at 11:00 am. We’re looking forward to racing in this one and not having to be the organisers this time!” said Dave.

“Thanks again to everyone who entered and the support from friends and family. We hope to see you at our next event on 12th October 2014, Last of the Summer Tri 2014.”

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Holmfirth 10k Road Race

Organisers of the Last of the Summer Tri are pleased to announce the inaugural Holmfirth 10k road race will take place on 27th July 2014.

“We’re expecting about 100 runners of all abilities to start at 10.00am on Sunday from the recreation ground at Hade Edge, Holmfirth” said race organiser Dave Armitage. “The race itself will last for about an hour and half and all competitors and spectators should be gone from the area by 1.00pm” he continued.

“The run itself will start from the recreation ground, then turning right down into Choppards, then up to Cartworth Moor, over to Dunford Road and back into Hade Edge recreation ground to the finish line” said Simon Jones, joint race organiser. “It’s the first time this route has been set as a 10k road race and will prove challenging to all abilities” he continued. “I’d be surprised if anyone breaks the 40 minute barrier on this race because of the hilly nature of the route” he said. “But it will be worth it when you get to the top of Cartworth Moor and see the views down the Holme Valley. Hopefully we’ll have some good weather to show off the natural beauty of the area.”

The event has been authorised and approved by Kirklees council and Kirklees highways and car parking will have a minimal impact on the village say the organisers.

The organisers have said that the event is an ideal opportunity for local residents to make it a memorable one and are encouraging anyone who wants to set up stalls to raise money for charity to get in touch. “Our own food and drink stall will be raising money for our chosen charity; The Holme Valley Mountain Rescue team on the day, but we’re more than happy to see others getting involved” said Dave, “just give us a call or drop us a line on Facebook” he suggested.

Dave Armitage and Simon Jones, joint race organisers.

Email: lastofthesummertri@hotmail.co.uk or call Dave’s mobile: 07775 564 254

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First of the Summer Tri 2014 Results

We’re pleased to announce the results of a great First of the Summer Tri held on Sunday 27th April 2014 at the Holmfirth Pool and Fitness centre.

First over the line for the men was Hamish Shaw in a new course record time of 01:11:52. Hamish is sponsored by TORQ Fitness and trains with the Knutsford Tri Club.

Hamish Shaw - Overall winner of the First of the Summer Tri 2014

Hamish Shaw – Overall winner of the First of the Summer Tri 2014

Holmfirth’s very own Jonny Mclean was a close second finishing with a PB of 01:12:34. Jonny is sponsored by Jackpot Racing and trains with the Holmfirth Harriers.

First over the line for the women was Sarah Terry in 01:29:15 closely followed by Lucy Scott in a time of 01:31:33. Sarah competes for Long Eaton Triathlon Club and Lucy for Knutsford Tri Club.

The sun made a few quick appearances on the day and the rain held off for what everyone commented on being a successful event.

Proceeds from the sale of cakes, tea and coffee, kindly donated by friends and family of race organisers Dave Armitage and Simon Jones, helped to raise nearly £300. The total now exceeds £3,000 since the Summer Tri Series started in 2011 and all proceeds go to the Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team who marshal the triathlon events every year.

Both Dave and Simon would like to personally thank all competitors, course marshals, pool counters, transition marshals, family and friends for helping out on the day. “Without the support of everyone involved we wouldn’t be able to make the Holmfirth Summer Triathlon Series the success it is” said Dave Armitage, founder and event organiser.

“We’re already planning for October’s event; Last of the Summer Tri which takes place on the 28th September 2014. We’ve also got some other races planned this year so keep an eye on the website and our Facebook page” said Armitage.

First and Last of the Summer Tri events are a sprint triathlon series held in Holmfirth in April and October respectively. Keep up with latest news, reviews, training tips and general triathlon fun on https://www.facebook.com/lastofthesummertri

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FOST 2014 swim times out now

The first in our Holmfirth Triathlon Series for 2014 is the First of the Summer Tri being held on 27th April 2014 and we’re pleased to announce the swim times are now out for competitors on the website here.

There will be goody bags for competitors as well as cakes and hot drinks available for sale to everyone with all proceeds going to our local charity; Holme Valley Mountain rescue team who will be marshalling on the day.

Why not bring along the family for a great day down at The Sands in Holmfirth?

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Race brief 2014

Our latest race brief for the Last of the Summer Tri series 2014 is now available in PDF format Last of the Summer Tri Series Race Brief.

To all entrants in our First of the Summer Tri on April 27th 2014; please make sure you have read and understood this important race brief.

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