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  • 28/11/2021 18:05 | Emma Croxon (Administrator)
    Calling everyone that’s not got tickets and has been thinking about coming on Friday. 


    It’s going to be great, there is plenty of space for us to party and we will have a few windows open for lots of fresh air to circulate around  

    We promise you a fab night with lots of celebrations, laughs and fun  

    You’ll find the tickets for sale on Wild Apricot 

    xxxx


  • 23/11/2021 18:36 | Emma Croxon (Administrator)

    Hi everyone 

    if you have been thinking about coming along to the Christmas Party now is the time to get your tickets. I’m going to confirm the scrummy food numbers very shortly. 

    Don’t let the excuse of ‘but I know no one!’ Get in the way …by the end of the night you’ll come away with loads more friends and cheer leaders. 

    please come it will be a brilliant evening 

    Xxx

  • 02/11/2021 17:31 | Emma Croxon (Administrator)

    At last I hear you say!

    Tickets on Sar via wild apricot (where you book swimming) on Friday 5th Nov

    Also an update on here or maybe as a reminder ….bring a partner or a plus one to the party. Just purchase 2 tickets. 

    sooooo excited now, hope the costumes are coming on nicely 

    xxx

  • 21/10/2021 19:59 | Emma Croxon (Administrator)

    So here it is…….

    Christmas Party Time on Friday 3rd December in Henlow Cricket Pavilion 

    We will have hot food, a bar, an award ceremony and a disco for plenty of dancing. It starts at 7:30 (arrive from 7:20) and finishes at 11:30.

    All this for only £10 a ticket 

    So what’s the theme I hear you shout …..

    Dress Your Initial (Dress up (or down) based on your first initial only)

    For example 

    E is for Easter

    S is for Squirrel  

    A is for Ant    

    It can be anything or anyone as long as it begins with you first initial

    Get your thinking caps on and the paper mache out! 

    Book out the date and I’ll let you know how to buy tickets shortly.

  • 23/08/2021 17:30 | Emma Croxon (Administrator)

    A Party I hear you say!!!!

    We have booked Henlow Pavilion for this years Christmas Party.

    The date is Friday 3rd December 

    The time is from 19:30 to 23:30

    Many more details to follow but there will be fun, laughter and dancing, lots of dancing!

    All you need to do for now is reserve the date.

    lots of love

    The Committee xxx



  • 14/04/2021 18:51 | Jane Britten (Administrator)

    On Sunday, two Freedom Tri members took part in Duathlons held at Bedford Aerodrome.  Simon Jackson was taking part in an Age Group Qualifier for the World Sprint Duathlon Championships and Ann Tryssesoone went slightly longer entering the standard distance race.  Both races were organised by Active Training World.

    With the temperature fresh and it being windy, the weather created challenges on the course but with it the same for everyone, Simon was giving it his all to see how he could perform.

    Simon went through 5km in a new PB pace before keeping the pace for the final 400m on the run for him to be fastest in AG on his first run.

    After a quick transition it was on to the bike for the 5 lapped course of the race trace.  The course was fast but with it being non drafting there was lots of high speed overtakes that Lewis Hamilton would have been pleased with.

    After the 3rd fastest transition in the whole race Simon was back out on the run and giving it his all, finishing in 1 hour 6 minutes and 28 seconds.  This got Simon 2nd in AG and frustratingly 15 seconds behind the winner.

    A tired Simon said after the race 'I gave it my all and it seems like I have qualified for the Duathlon World Champions.  It's a shame there was a staggered start as if I could have seen the guy in front, it may have spurred me on to give it a little bit more on bike.  ATW did such a great job putting on the covid friendly race and it was a great decision to stream it online rather than allow supporters at the venue.

    Ann's race was later in the day with an, unusual, afternoon start time.  With a cautious start after seeing a fellow competitor come off their bike on the wet tarmac, she finally began to enjoy the race and was consistent with her runs finishing 1st in AG.  She said 'the weather was bonkers!  Sun, blustering winds, snow and sleet'.  


  • 29/04/2019 11:13 | Gareth Sharp (Administrator)

    Members of Letchworth-based triathlon club Freedom Tri spread their wings far and wide over the last weekend in April to compete across four countries and two continents.

    Stevenage duo Anne Tryssesoone and Simon Jackson travelled to Spain to race ‘IRONMAN 70.3 Marbella’, a middle distance triathlon which involves a 1.2 mile sea swim, 56 miles on the bike and a half marathon (13.1 miles) run. Ann enjoyed an outstanding race, finishing third in her age group (50-54 year olds) in a time of 5:57:22. Speaking from the bar afterwards, she said: “Absolutely delighted with my race. Survived the swim, smashed it on the bike, legs a little weary on the run but overall an incredible experience.” Simon finished in a credible 35th place in a highly competitive 40-44 year old age group, completing the three disciplines in a time of 4:54:40.


    Rob Sedgwick took his family, friends and race gear across the pond to compete in the ‘IRONMAN North American Championships’ in Texas. Rob swam 2.4 miles, cycled 112 miles and ran a full marathon (26.2 miles) in 30 degrees Celsius to finish in a superb 12:39:07. Rob commented: “Well that was a tough one, unbearable heat on the run and up to 25 mph headwind on the bike, but got the job done.”

    A bit closer to home but still a fair distance, six brave Freedomites took part in an epic trail run along the Pembrokeshire coast in Wales. Facing down Storm Hannah and 35 mph headwinds, Sarah Taylor, Sarah O’Callaghan, Jackie Livings, Angela Phillips and husband John Phillips all finished within seven seconds of each other to complete the ‘half-marathon’ 15-mile race in approximately 3 hours 40 minutes. Liz Aitken competed in the ‘10k’ class, which was really 8 miles, finishing in 2:01:30.

    Last but not least, Freedom was represented at the London Marathon, with Tracey Palmieri and James Parsons running 26.2 miles around our nation’s capital in great race conditions and through a wall of sound created by the millions of spectators. Tracey finished in 3:37:19, with James coming home in 2:58:34.

    Three other Freedom Tri members competed in local running club colours and ran their best ever marathon times. Michelle Reeves (3:14:02), Jenny Cotter (3:37:20) and Matthew Sayers (2:41:18) all ran through London like they’d stolen Sir Mo Farah’s mobile phone, smashing their PBs – Michelle by a good 20 minutes.

    All in all a cracking Spring weekend’s racing from Freedom Tri.


  • 18/11/2018 21:00 | Anonymous

    Sadly it was a no show from Robbie Williams at today's Herts Half Marathon at Knebworth House. But there was a great turnout from Freedom Tri. Putting in some quality winter base work in the shape of a 13.1 mile hilly jaunt around the closed lanes of Hertfordshire. With the mercury in single figures runners were treated to an high energy warm up session in front of the main stage followed by a Cadbury's hot chocolate (flake optional). 9.30am and the runners were off. The first mile being an scenic lap of the grounds of Knebworth House which included a cheeky little climb to serve as a taster for what was to come. By mile 4 the hard work began. A slow uphill climb towards the Langley turnaround point that seemed never ending. Eventually the race leaders were pounding past in the opposite direction. Time to knuckle down and focus. Luckily the weather improved as the course unfolded with runners finding their rhythm slowly ticking off the miles back towards the finish. As always race organisers like to put a sting in the tail and today was no exception. The final drag towards the finish was a lung busting ascent, rewarded by the welcoming cheers of friends and family. Race over. Time for maybe one more hot chocolate before heading home.

    Results: Ben Field 1:25:51 (17th in Cat); James Parsons 1:28:02 (8th in Cat); James Thomas 1:32:53 (14th in Cat); Adrian Robinson 1:51:03 (55th in Cat); Christine Caine 1:58:11 (18th in Cat); Lynda Robinson 2:06:04 (26th in Cat); Emma Clark 2:07:51 (52nd in Cat); Greg Blount 2:24:40 (15th in Cat).

    A misty start welcomed runners to the Herts Half at Knebworth House this morning.











  • 01/10/2018 21:00 | Anonymous

    Race report curtesy of Tracey Palmieri:

    "Brecca Coniston Sprint - its not a sprint! It was definately the hardest thing I've ever done especially with swimming being my least confident activity. Two laps around the Blue Lagoon is a real push sometimes also the cold was one of mine and Rachel Carling's biggest concerns. I actually cut an old wetsuit in the end for desperation of a little thicker neoprene!The course was beautiful and I realised how much I love off road running. It is a really well organised, well marked, route although looking for red markers can be a little tricky when you are so cold you can't form words because your lips are still frozen from the last swim as you head to the next.  We only made one little detour but we took a couple of teams with us so could have been tactics rather than a mistake! We had five swims each in a different lake/mere. One was actually a very enjoyable swim, the last one seeming to go on forever and the water even went pitch black at one point which was odd so I looked up just to make sure it was only the water!! Having a good team mate is essential. Rachel Carling and I were well matched although none of it seemed to phase her except maybe the hill at the very start was I think perhaps Rachel's moment of realisation of what we had entered! It was very steep and long and then slippery tree roots with a stoney decent to the first swim. We were very hot at this point expecting it to be a good thing but only heightened the shock of the water temperature. My realisation of 'what the hell had we got into' was in Lake Windermere part way through the swim, this lake had proper waves - I was not expecting that! I did have a moment wondering how was I going to do four more swims, and how long would Rachel hate me for if i climbed into the rescue kayak!! At this point Rachel realised my dilemma and was very kind and patient and offered to do breaststroke, but I had already given that a go and it doesnt work very well especially with trainers and a pull bouy. So only one other option 'get on with it' so we did and we survived. Many words of encouragement that people from the club have given me over the years got me throughthe swim. Greg Blount's calm, smooth and lots of bubbles and Jane Britten's encouragement during most events and training sessions together. Remembering James Knight's elegant smooth swim stroke and attempting to mimic it! Anything but thinking about the waves, distance and the rest of the race! Thankfully that was my lowest point, the rest was enjoyable fun and I would love to do it again, especially knowing what's coming; BUT a little warmer would be nice!! Need to say thank you to Rachel for being a brilliant and lovely team mate, Suzy Hawkins and Michelle Reeves for very kindly lending us their kit which I know is not cheap, but they didn't hesitate. Also their tips for the event and Chris Clark and James Parsons for their tips and bringing it to Rachel's attention in the first place. Finally the club, coaches and members, without whom I would never had got to the start line of many races, especially this one. It is a fantastic club, thank you xxx."

    Tracey Palmieri and Rachel Carling set off on the Brecca Coniston Swim Run.


  • 23/09/2018 22:00 | Anonymous

    Weymouth, normally an ideallic Dorset seaside town sheltered in a bay at the mouth of the River Wey in the English Channel. Not this weekend though, as Ironman was in town with their annual 70.3 suffer fest. Torrential rain and blustery winds meant the worst conditions in years, forcing the organisers to reduce the swim split from 1800m down to 1150m. Subsequently by the end of the race 500 athletes had regretably pulled out. Freedom Tri's finest athletes were in attendance and were not to be peturbed! In the women's race Suzy Hawkins was 36th in 5:24:45; Michelle Reeves 46th in 5:32:39; Ann Tryssesoone 108th in 6:06:46 with Leigh-Ann Beel 290th in 7:17:21. Over in the the mens's race Simon Jackson came 234th in 5:12:57; Hamish Sabey-Corkingdale 256th in 5:15:57 closely followed by Richard Springall in 277th place with 5:18:12. We congratulate them all for an outstanding day of racing prowess, where grit and determination with the help of freedom wings proved an unshakeable combination.

    This year we are proud to mention two members who have entered the 'London Classics Hall of Fame'. Carol Paul & Karen Parnell. Both have competed in 1) The London Marathon 2) The Prudential Ride 100M & 3) The Swim Serpentine 2M. Carol is a veteran of no less than 22 London Marathons with her best time being 3:46:52. Karen has run the race twice with both ladies completing the medal haul in 2018 in less than ideal conditions. Superb effort, we salute them both!!


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