Castle Tri BBQ

Next on the Castle Tri social calendar, is our BBQ, which is open to all our members and their families.

Saturday 22nd July 2017 from 14:00 onwards.


Contact us at Castle Tri – for more info.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Go Tri Event Report 23rd April 2017



Castle Tri hosted our 5th Go Tri event on 23rd April 2017 at Prudhoe Waterworld, which was another tremendous success.

Sixty-four Go Tri athletes assembled to take part on a chilly but sunny Sunday morning in Prudhoe. For most, this would be their first taste of triathlon: Go Tri events are aimed at newcomers and Castle Tri do all we can to make the atmosphere welcoming, relaxed, friendly and fun. As ever, the event attracted a diverse group of entrants, from teenagers to sixty-somethings. The challenge of completing your first triathlon should not be underestimated and Castle Tri is extremely proud of everyone who enters these events. It is a real privilege to help so many people become triathletes! Special mention goes to the graduates from Castle Tri’s Couch to 5k programme who added swimming and cycling to their running skills. Well done everyone!

The Go Tri course followed the same format as our previous events. Athletes started with a 200m swim which is designed to mimic open water conditions as much as is possible in the pool. Swimmers started in small ‘waves’ of around five people, entering the water in the shallow beach area and completing two laps around an inflatable buoy.

The Go Tri athletes negotiated transition between the swim and bike in the Waterworld car park, swapping swimming goggles for helmets and shoes, and pulling on some layers to keep the chill at bay before heading out on the one-lap 9km bike course. Marshals stationed around the bike route were on hand to provide mechanical support, advice and of course enthusiastic encouragement! It is impossible to avoid hills when riding in Prudhoe, and Hammerite Hill provided the biggest test of the day.

With that challenge safely negotiated, the riders returned to the transition area to rack their bikes, and head out on the undulating, three-lap, 2.4km run. All 64 entrants completed the full course, which is a fantastic result. The atmosphere back at Waterworld was superb, with supporters and volunteers loudly cheering all the runners over the line to receive their T-shirts and goody bags.

We hope that the event has inspired some local people to consider entering their first sprint distance (or even longer!) triathlon, or given a bit of race-day confidence to those already planning to tackle a race for the first time this year.

If you would like to take your first steps into the world of Triathlon, Castle Tri would love to welcome you to our next Go Tri planned for September 2017. Details of how to enter will be available soon so keep an eye on the events web page and our Facebook page.

Massive thanks go to:

·         Gav Appleby, Castle Tri Events Officer, who works tirelessly to organise these fantastic events;

·         One Life Racing in Hexham for providing the bike racking, which makes the transition area look and feel just like a ‘big race’ set up.

·         Richard Roberts, Castle Tri member, for providing the transition cones

·         All our volunteers and marshals for giving up their time and providing support and encouragement, we know that this makes all the difference to the participants;

·         And, of course, everyone who entered or came and supported their friends and family – these events are all about you and we hope to see some of you soon at our club training sessions!

Some Facebook feedback from people who took part:

“Huge thanks to all involved in organising and running this. Had a fab time this morning. Faultless organisation and support from marshals and brilliant goody bag and t-shirt to take home.”

“Thanks to everyone at Castle Tri for organizing a great event! Thoroughly enjoyed it and fantastic volunteers along the course!”

“Amazing experience this morning, very well organised. Marshals were great and certainly plenty of encouragement each one unique and supportive. The goody bag and T-shirt erased the memory of that hill! Thanks everyone.”

Ashington Tri: Round Up 01/05/2017

The first club championship of the season brought Castle Tri members out in their masses. From first timers to returning triathletes everyone showed what “Train hard stand proud” really meant. Battling against the head wind after defeating Bothal Bank twice wasn’t what you wanted, but you dug in and showed Ashington what you were made

Jack Boaden came in first for the club, ranked 42nd male.  With Sarah Davies hot on his heels coming in first for the women and placed 8th overall female, what an incredible return Sarah, well done!

Congratulations everyone for your fantastic achievements today with many club members smashing their times of last year! You should all be truly proud – bring on the next club championship race: Northumberland on the 4th June.

For a full list of results see:


Rosie Raistrick

Vice Chair


Fambridge Yacht Haven (Half Iron) Distance Triathlon


Race Report by Holly Kelleher

 8 months of training nearly 6 days a week saw me in Essex this weekend for my first ‘half Iron’ distance Triathlon. A mere 363 days after I acquired my first bike as a grown up, and just over a year since I agreed to join Castle Tri just to look after their money! This was only my fourth Tri, having a Go Tri, Sprint and Standard under my belt. I had an 8 hour time limit but the cut offs for the swim and run were a mere 10 minutes under my training performance so the pressure was on.
My race prep had a few blips. We were camping and I hadn’t had the best night’s kip. I was also a couple of days into a nasty cold/throat virus and felt quite poorly. My swim was to be fuelled on coffee and bacon sarnies (a well thought out fat/protein/carb kickstart) and the day’s first disaster was that our stove had run out of gas. Cue Mr K going on a mission to find me some breakfast and me trying to get ready for a full day of competing while also looking after 2 small children in a Marina! I managed to arrive on time but without my cold/flu tablets for Transition, and my Vaseline for the swim – but so far so good.
The swim was in a river – as it opened into the sea. It was salty, tidal and rough. At 10:45 I set off on my first lap, swimming face into waves, in a mass start. Despite having a fair bit of Open Water under my belt this season, it was scary. In the first 100m I started to taste adrenaline, my heart started to race and I started to hyperventilate. If you are ever going to have a panic attack, don’t do it in a choppy river while people are swimming over you. I honestly thought I was going to have to give up, and unknown to me a few people did at this stage. I got round the first lap convinced I’d missed my time window, and just as I turned for my second I got caught by the tide and ended up under one of the swim markers! Picture evidence provided. Lap 2 was slightly better but the salt water I’d inhaled on lap 1 decided to come up and I managed to puke twice before landing on shore.
The first person I saw was Seamus who was shouting my cut off times at me as miraculously I’d come in on time with a couple of people behind me. This is when I realised I’d forgot to adjust my chin strap so my helmet remained at a quirky angle for the next 3 hours and 45 minutes and I hadn’t adjusted my Tri belt since Seamus used it so I had to tie it in a granny knot.
Onto the bike which should have been the disaster as I’m an awful cyclist. However I fell in love with my bike on Sunday. I’d got rid of my cleats against all the advice I’d been given and managed to gain another 3 places on the road, and perfected the ‘snot rocket’. The roads were fast and the setting was beautiful. However I still felt sick as a dog, and did I mention it was SCORCHING?! I knew I had to fuel constantly on the 56 mile route, I had a mix of chocolate caffeine protein bars and nuts which had melted beautifully creating a disgusting paste I had to keep scooping up, and I knew I had to drink at least 2 litres of fluid. I kept my wits and fuelled every 3 miles to let the nausea pass. I brought my cycle in 30 minutes before we (team K) predicted and my legs felt good.
My fuelling discipline on the bike left me hydrated and ready for a 4 lap 12 mile trail run. It was slow and steady and ridiculously hot, but I’m an experienced runner now and managed to complete the bit that saw another 11 competitors drop out.
I finished in  07:11:37.75. Placed 87 out of 91 finishers, 10th in my category of Senior Female and 15th out of 16 women. And one of only 82% of people that got on the start line who was able to finish the distance.
It was hard, and I have been left so ruined that anyone suggesting I do the full distance can stick their suggestion (at least for now). But what I hoped I’ve proved is that anyone can do it if they set their mind to it and are willing to put in the work. I’m not a great swimmer/cyclist/runner, but I didn’t need to be. And yes I would do it again, but not that one. I never want to see that river again!