UK Ultimate Triathlon June 2018 The Relays

Relay 1 – UK Ultimate Sprint Triathlon (Female Relay – Parogon ASC)

(Claire Deakes, Louy Whitehouse, Sue Morley-Smith)

Fast forward to Sunday, even clearer blue skies and temperature rising – it was the turn of our relay ladies!

A 1030 start and the Sprint event was 500m swim, 20km bike and a 5km run.  It was the first time that our fabulous trio came together to race as a team, hand-picked for their respective disciplines and they certainly rocked!

Claire opened up with a very strong swim (emerging 4th out of the water) especially given her known love for open water ;-(


The baton (timing chip) was duly passed to Louy who whizzed around the bike course (and took timely inspiration from Christina by letting her overtake and then Louy drafted legally behind to return home – a stroke of genius and solid team work);

Girls transition

Finally, a very slick handover to Sue who legged it out of transition – Sue is a seasoned runner, it was a strong run and performance, and she was pleased with her time; the heat was a challenge for everyone.

girls run

However, in the end, there can be only one winner and our ladies were victorious – a wonderful achievement!

[Total relay trophy count = 3]

Relay 2 – UK Ultimate Sprint Triathlon (Male Relay – Parogon ASC)

(Adam Whitehouse, Andy Ligocki, Mark Gunning)


Another 1030 start and the same Sprint distances as the ladies; ‘twas also the trio’s first time competing together and they naturally treated each other with a healthy respect from the off!

This is where the fun and confusion started J:

  • The team was entered under Karl (see the race numbers);
  • The team competed as Karl;
  • The eventual result was announced as Karl;
  • But where was he, clearly missing in action from this relay (see Relay 3 update)!;

An explanation is in order; we needed to re-jig the male relays during the last 24 hours to ensure Paragon ASC competed in both events. So, how did our chaps do?

Adam opened up with a strong swim (12:21), he motored around the lake in a new PB and managed to minimise the impact on his body – why bother – he was on a flight later that day to Asia for 18 hours – what commitment to Parogon ASC and his team mates!

Next up was Andy, drafted (oops coerced) into the team in the last couple of weeks and he stormed out of transition (reminiscent of recent Simon Yates’ stages in the 2018 Giro d’Italia), on the back of some very strong training runs; however, suffered from “mechanical trouble” but made swift repairs, so an admirable performance in the circumstances and especially in his first tri – brilliant!

boys bike


Mark – also a seasoned runner, often found pounding the canal paths around Trentham & Barlaston, sprinted towards “transition exit” with timing chip in his hand (to fading echoes of “Gunners, timing chip”) and in a move worthy of a Royal Ballet audition, deftly swapped the chip onto his leg, ahead of leaving transition – pure class – certainly a brave run from Mark battling with increasing heat and also nursing an aggressive injury.

However, having performed admirably during the run, and controlling both his pace and fluid intake, Mark will be remembered for his pre-race nutrition tips (or was this Karl in disguise?)

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However, in the end, there can be only one winner ………. again!

NB Sue’s trophy allegedly full of gin (again) and shared around!

[Total relay trophy count = 6]

Relay 3 – UK Ultimate Quarter Triathlon (Male Relay – Parogon ASC)

(Karl Deakes, Simon Mansell, Paul Morley-Smith)

And onto our third relay trio with an earlier 1015 start for this crew, given the tougher distances!

This Ultimate Quarter event was a more testing 0.6 mile swim, 28 mile bike and a 6.2 mile run (ok I hear you, you want it in metric, so read 960m swim, 44.8km bike and 10km run)

  • Pull-buoy Deakes – down to the water’s edge in his sleeveless number, slipped into the lake, headed straight for the start line and assessed the competition. Playing it cool for the first 150m, and swimming neck and neck with a lone contender (reminiscent of the TV show, Gladiators!), he turned on the burners and pulled away from the masses, emerging 1st from the water (in an open water PB of 12:55).  Tip to self – find your own way to each of the course buoys and don’t just follow the canoeist (improves your time)!  A special mention here to “The Beast” Davies (in his individual event) who also had a fantastic swim (as the same 1015 start) and we ensured that Parogon ASC emerged well ahead of the masses;


  • Simon – a naturally gifted cyclist and a staunch commuter to work by bike, had completed some tough training runs (e.g. recent Dougie Mac ride) and clearly a proud recipient of corporate sponsorship (look at his ‘Gucci kit’). This man lives and breathes biking … you could say he has strong “bike-ability” J  Back to the race, Simon “gently” mounted his trusty steed, took the 28 miles in his stride and raced home in a very respectable 1:30:39;


  • Paul – Mr Calm from the off and another experienced runner, was seen playing cricket with the kids before his race! Paul clearly enjoyed the experience, as he was smiling for the camera, every time we spotted him per lap and delivered a strong performance in 47:52. Well done!

Was it Karl (or was it Adam) taking the picture

However, in the end, there can be only one winner ………. not again!

olympic podium

NB Trophy on left made of solid gold and also too heavy to hold

[Total relay trophy count = 9]

So, what did we learn?

Like all post-match reviews and write-ups, this was a fantastic club event for us, on both days, with great organisation from UK Tri.  The kids were amazing and luckily the weather was cooler for them (but still hot).  Even when the adults were ‘competing’ on Sunday, the kids played well together and required little supervision.

The vocal support that we provided all weekend was inspirational, not just for Parogon ASC but for so many other competitors, and some were in a tough way on Sunday, given the heat.  For me, this level of support is a true test of a club. Plus, it was great to see support from friends and family which contributed further to the atmosphere and celebration of our achievements – an event to be remembered for years and hard to top (now there’s a challenge).

A special thanks to Ian and Christina for all of the admin behind the scenes leading up to the event, the setting up of our humble abode (“Gazebo Parogon”), plus goodies, and keeping the pace/energy/motivation going all weekend!

Well done all!

i & C

[Editor’s note – for those struggling to remove their race number tattoos, or destined to proudly display for a few more days, I am reliably informed that Johnson’s Baby Wipes are up to the job – yet to test at time of writing.]

UK Ultimate Triathlon June 2018

What a fantastic weekend for the club, bringing together general members, swim trainers, polo players and swimming lesson kids and parents. ‘Gazebo Parogon’ was at the heart of the event and could not be missed by anyone and the camaraderie, support and friendship from all was fantastic. I for one will never forget the noise and support every time I passed a club member or supporter and the noise as each competitor came down the finishing lane was enough to bring a tear to the eye of this man as I finished my event!

Remember it’s the members that make the club – and this weekend we showed what a great club we are!

UK Ultimate Kids Triathlon

Saturday June 2nd saw 11 kids registered under the Parogon name take on the challenge of swim, bike, run at Alderford Lakes in Whitchurch.

It has to be said that they were all fantastic, taking to the lake and swimming fantastically, they were a credit to themselves and the club with many overtaking those who started before them. The race director was even heard to liken some of our swimmers to Olympians past and present!!

Then it was onto the bike, a tough grass course with some undulations pushed the kids to the max, completing their designated number of laps they then hit the run and this is when the realisation of the challenge hit home.

Poor Sophie missed one lap and then promptly threw up, now that is hard core and she had no issues hitting the BBQ later in the day!! Norika really dug in on the run with dad Adam running alongside and she did fantastically to finish and should be very proud of herself. Spencer was second in his age group, again a fantastic achievement. Team Deakes Junior competing for the first time were superb completing the course with smiles son their faces and the seasoned athletes, Amelia, Evie and Maisie lapped it all up! Zac was our first finisher and unfortunately I missed him as mine were starting their swim…

The phrase of the day was, ‘much better than Trentham!’ The associated support crew was loud, vociferous, and enthusiastic – a sign of things to come on Sunday!!

Well done all a great day and the future of the club looks to be in strong hands!

To see the results follow this link:


UK Ultimate Half Triathlon

Now the kids had set the bar high for the adults on the Sunday and they duly obliged!

First off it was the Half Ironman – 70.3 miles in total comprising of, 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike and a half marathon to finish. With the clear blue sky’s overhead and the predicted high temperatures it was going to be a long day for our competitors: Harry Belfield, Ed Cross, Neil Oliver, Olly Tarpey, Ian Cartwright and ex club stalwart and polo player Ian Ross.

We started off by being paraded down the finishing lane behind a Union Jack with music blaring being duly cheered by the assembled relatives and supporters – that got the adrenaline going and calmed any pre race nerves. It was then into the fantastic lake, clear and warm at 21 degrees for our two lap swim with a small jog between each lap. First out was Harry followed by, and in the top 10, the 2 Ian’s, who somehow manged to stay together for the whole swim – the only way through the field for me from then on was backwards!!! I had peaked on my best discipline!!! Olly was not far behind and came into transition just as I was leaving. All swimmers, as with the kids, posted great times setting themselves up for the rest of the race.

We then headed out on the bikes for our two lap 56 mile ride, the course headed to Malpas, out to Bangor on Dee and back to Whitchurch – undulating but nothing too challenging with good areas to recover and conserve energy for the run that was to come. Food and drink was the order of the day on the bike and the order of team Parogon was shaken up, Harry, Neil, Ed, Ian R, Olly, Ian C – but would that hold through the run!

So we now hit the half marathon with temperatures hitting 26 degrees on the road section it was going to be tough. A three lap run, round the lake and down the lane with feed stations every couple of miles – much needed. Personally I hated the first 5km but then got into my stride, walking through each feed station taking on water and also chucking it over my head to cool down, Olly tied up on the run and did fantastically well to finish. The noise from the rest of team Parogon whenever we past them was suburb and really kept us going as did the multi-lap as we kept passing each other shouting words on encouragement, high fiving and keeping each other going. I also found the other competitors to be fantastic, it almost becomes a self-help group getting each other to the end…

So how did it all pan out:

Harry – an unbelievable 4th overall in a time of 4 hours 32 mins

Ed – 42 and second in age group in 5 hours 16 minutes

Ian R – 54th in 5 hours 22 minutes

Neil – 73rd in 5 hours 35 minutes

Then our first timers at this distance:

Ian C – 103rd in 5 hours 55 minutes

Olly – a courageous 131st in 6 hours and 10 minutes

216 starters

Whilst we were racing – so forgive me for the slight lack of detail – we had multiple competitors across other races.

UK Ultimate Sprint

Christina completed the sprint, 500m swim, 12 mile bike and 3 mile run, the longest race she has done as an individual and she did fantastically coming in as the 8th female out of 27 starters. Having put in a strong swim, she flew the bike and put in a steady, hot run to finish in 1 hour and 34 minutes. Again another fantastic achievement and she has even said she will race that distance again!

UK Ultimate Quarter

Tom ‘The Beast’ Davies took on the ¼ just under the Olympic Distance – 0.6 mile swim, 28 mile bike and a 6.2 mile run. No mean feat as Tom has only ever done one other event. As with all the club members Tom put in a strong swim exiting the water in 5th place, and he then hit the bike. Having only started riding this year he did a strong ride and then a good run posting 1 hour for the 10k. As with all of us Tom suffered with the heat and I was so pleased to be able to sweaty high five him a number of times on the run – it was that club spirit that got us all through….. Tom finished in a time of 3 hours and 3 minutes – again another wicked performance in club colours!



We also had three relay teams competing and a report is on its way to me for those to send out – but lets just say for now. Three teams, three trophies!!!!!