About Kate Wallace

I've always been involved with sport of some description, particularly adrenaline sports (skiing, boarding, kite-surfing, bungi jumps, parachute jumps, mountain biking) and endurance events (7 marathons, lots of halfs, Caledonian Challenge, London to Brighton bike ride, Moonwalk, played/coached rugby), but I'm relatively new to triathlon as it's actually taken the place of other sports after a couple of bad accidents! Although looking at the biographies of all you other Viceroys I'm a bit embarrassed to admit that all I've done are a few team traitahlons (running or cycling leg) and a couple of super sprints and sprints on my own, I'm hoping that being a Viceroy might persuade me that swimming in open water over 400m is actually possible. Read more about me in the May 2012 Triathlon Plus: http://www.triradar.com/2012/04/09/were-inspired-by-kate-wallace/

Top Results for 3 Viceroys in Gruelling Dulux London Revolution

Three Viceroys entered the Revolution (Two days, 197 Miles, 9411ft of climbing) and were placed respectively:
David S – 31st 12:58:44
Andy T  – 50th 13:28:58
Seb P – 51st 13:29:02
That would be out of circa 1350 riders.
The Saturday start was nauseously early with a registration at 6:00 in Ponders End somewhere north of Tottenham.  Andy T and I Rolled out at 7:00 in the first wave, where the drizzle started damping our initial caffeine based enthusiasm.  David resplendent in borderline world championship striped Dulux Colours was on corporate propaganda duty escorting an ice cream truck across Tower Bridge.  A dreary drag through North London gradually gave way to Shoreditch, then Tower Bridge, and then the first climb, College Hill in Dulwich to the Crystal Palace. This warmed up the legs nicely for what was to come.  A steady grind up to the North Downs in a seemingly endless barrage of false flats. Then the ride opened up into rolling countryside as we passed Oxted and fought through the headwind, past Gatwick to a well earned lunch in Ewhurst.  Sandwiches and coffee dispatched the climbs started in earnest with Pitch rolling into Combe Lane, with a nervy rain soaked descent of Staples.  Then rolling into the overnight stop in Windsor Race Course.

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Team VTC Take on May Flyer 2017

This year’s 19th May Flyer Sportive sold out quickly, and as usual was a lovely lumpy course, well signed & very well-marshalled by SWRC. Two distances are available, 90k and 153k with many initially opting for the longer tougher route. Luckily that included all the young talented ones, even if several cut short at the moment of choice (and then in classic Sportive style didn’t tell the organisers that their unbelievable time was, er well, unbelievable). I had to be back home before I started, or I would be in trouble, again. I therefore sensibly entered the 90k ‘short’ route, but it is still no easy ‘Windsor’ ride. Continue reading

Lilly – Ironman 70.3 Lanzarote AGAIN!

So, last year I decided to do a 70.3 , without any Triathlon experience.
I did it but it was nearly a disaster as I finished with literally (not joking) 1 second to cut off time. Good value for money tho, I’ve used all of my time!  And then I knew it exactly what excites me and motivates me: fear! To do the impossible after being on a bike  was really a wake up call : I can do this properly.lily1 lily2
So I entered again and did a bit more training.
The run is always my biggest fear after a bad accident and being told I was never going to run. That was all I concentrated on, the bloody painful run. I started my training in January. Not that serious but with more respect-  I was loving it and getting stronger and couldn’t believe I was waking up everyday at 5:30am to train. Continue reading

John Stratford – Ironman Weymouth 70.3

Arrived in Weymouth on Saturday in torrential rain with zero visibility, fortunately Sunday dawned with clear blue skies and the sun rising over the cliffs as the swim started in clear, flat seas. The Swim went great apart from a breaststroker kicking me in the head!
The bike was good with c1100m of climb over the 91km and having ridden the course a few months ago I knew that the hills were mainly in the second half and was ready for them, unlike a number of people who seemed to be blowing up in the last quarter of the ride.
The run was a flat loop along the seafront in the sun most of the way round.  I struggled to get out of first gear after suffering a couple of ankle injuries over the summer playing touch rugby but kept moving forward and crossed the line in just under 7 hours.  Not the fastest time but pleased to have made it in one piece!
Throughout the day I saw fellow Viceroys which was a great lift, a quick chat with Mr Moody in T1, someone flying past me on the bike leg and a number of times paths were crossing with Viceroys  on the run loop.
All in all a great day!
As raced and reported by John Stratford

Yann Umbricht – Ironman Weymouth

‘Final race of the season for me with no big expectations following 2 weeks on relaxing holidays and a preparation focussing on quality rather than quantity! I arrived in Weymouth on Saturday and the weather conditions were as predicted very wet and windy. The sea was very bad and if it had stayed like that for the race, it would have been a definite DNS for me. Sunday was a very different story and conditions were just ideal. Sea was very flat, and after a friendly rolling start and a good first 750m swim in 13mn I lost my rhythm and never found it again resulting in a much slower swim thayannweymouthn I had hoped for. Being well behind my schedule, I decided that 1 or 2 more minutes wouldn’t change the overall result, and I used the facilities in T1 for a quick comfort break. Not sure how I did it, but I managed to cut my left thumb quite badly opening the toilet door and had to spend 10 minutes with the medics.

Me, my bike and my plaster were finally enjoying a fast few kilometres on beautiful roads when suddenly… my thumb decided to bleed again and never stopped until the last few kilometres of the bike course. No need to say that my bike, trisuit and I, looked pretty disgusting. Anyway, Weymouth is a tough bike course, with steep climbs, technical downhills and a nasty headwind. Second loop was mentally challenging but I managed to catch up few people and I was now much closer to the front of the race! Continue reading

Dawson Hardiman: Worthing Olympic and Weymouth 70.3

After some coercion from a couple of Sprint Distance stars, I made my way down to Worthing on bank holiday weekend for a crack at the Olympic distance tri. As the final ETU qualifier for the year, the field seemed pretty strong. It was also an opportunity to don my Viceroys vest for the first time this year, after a big money mid season transfer from B2P.dawson2

Some swell and wind blown chop made the swim interesting with some fight club at the first turn bouy. Not my strongest discipline, and too much time in calm Shepperton lake saw me exit at the back pack after 25:41 minutes, which makes me think the course was generously short. A swift transition, I was out on the bike in 170th place.

Bike course was not as flat as I expected, more ‘rolling’, but with a couple of good opportunities to get into a rhythm and time trial it. Some light rain combined with the wind saw a few crashes, and the open roads resulted in some frustration for both cyclists and drivers as we got stuck behind some of the slower competitors. A good out and back course though, and a decent run in allows you to set up for T2 (52 seconds!), out onto the run in 147 place.
The run started off well, about 10-15 secs/ km inside my usual pace, on a 2 lap course. It became pretty clear at the first dead turn that my stunning outward pace was largely a result of a 15 mph tailwind, which was now a little less helpful. This is a the first footrace where I have actively drafted other competitors, pedestrians and beach furniture. I made the most of the final outward drag, then turned and hung on for the final 3km home, crossing the line in 2:25:  all up, in 135 place, pretty much mid field.

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Jamal Shakir – IRONMAN WALES

As a bit of a back story, some of you may know that I competed at Ironman Nice last year, but failed to convert the long hours of training due to suffering from heat exhaustion and being pulled from the race, and rapidly attached to a saline bag (which actually made me feel very good afterwards!).jamal5

So, 2017 meant I had a score to settle.  However, with a new baby arriving in the Shakir household in October, training for Nice in June was going to be a touch tricky.  So Ironman Wales was selected, as it was far enough in the future to have time to train, close enough to home that we can drive with said baby in tow, and cool enough that I didn’t suffer at the hands of the heat gods again.  What I didn’t take in to account, was that this is in fact (not necessarily factually correct), one of the hardest Ironman races on the European tour.  Tidy.

Training started just after Christmas, dragging myself out of a warm, dry house into the wet and cold, where I imagined hearing the phrase ‘Jamal Shakir, you are an Ironman’ as motivation to get out the door.  The first few months weren’t too taxiing, but when things stepped up a bit, the lack of sleep and losing a training partner due to injury meant I was really struggling to find motivation with riding on my own.  This is when the good people of Viceroys took me under their wing!

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3rd Win in a Row for Yeoman

‘Wow, didn’t expect to end the season like this. This morning was my final race of a long season. The Thorpe Park Sprint is a cracking race which sees the run go through Thorpe Park – something not many races can boast about.
Three waves this morning. Under 40men. Over 40men & finally woman & relays. Having something to chase on the bike & run suits me. I looked to get away from a very competitive wave and hunt down those in front. Setting the fastest swim split put me right up there from the gun.
Heading oyeoman2ut onto road I wanted to ride within myself so I kept the pressing the peddles and by the fiyeoman3rst turn I was actually 25th overall (all from the wave 10mins ahead). By I time I got to the far turn point I was around 12th then finally coming back into T2 I could see the leader running out and about five other guys close behind. Setting the fastest bike split meant all I had to do was not get caught by anyone from my wave.
As soon as I started running I felt strong & relaxed which gave me so much confidence that I could run through them. On the second lap I had moved into 4th with the three guys in front from wave 1 only about 50m ahead. Sub 18min 5k to end the season and my another overall win making it 3 in a row.
Choosing not to head to Mexico for the World Championships was a hard tough decision as I’m not good in 40degrees of heat. But it turned out to be a strong finish for me. This season was  17 races long: 5 overall wins, two 2nd, two 3rd, a 4th, couple of 5ths and a 6th Two DNFS and one race I want to forget in 50th. So it couldn’t have been even better on the whole. Here’s to 2017′
As raced andyeoman1 reported by Mark Yeoman

2nd in AG, 5th Overall and Epic Biking at Diamond Tri (Dorney) for Tim

‘I’ve not raced at Dorney for a couple of years now. A mixture of apathy about the race venue coupled with qualifiers elsewhere kept me away from the iconic British Olympic rowing venue. However, I’d not been able to get a place at Liverpool and wanted to race – Diamond Triathlon at Dorney it was then! FB_IMG_1471281580989

I actually like racing at Dorney. The lake is always clean and since it’s a rowing lake, it’s quite easy to keep straight between the buoys. The bike course is flat and fast as is the run course. Yes, there is a degree of repetition (8 laps of the bike course, 4 of the run course, 2 of the swim course!), but it allows you to concentrate on the task at hand and really maximise your efforts in each discipline. Continue reading

A PB for Lance at London Triathlon

Lance Kesson completed the London Triathlon and recounts his race:
‘The alarm went off 5:30, racked my bike.  I had forgotten that I had set myself a personal challenge by signing up for the sub 2hrs30 wave. Was not so confident now on the morning of the event.lance1
In the water at 8.55, claxon rings, off we go. Swim was good, no panic attack.
On to the bike, I was on the Westminster route. We headed up to Big Ben, fighting the head wind, exchanging some chat with a couple of other riders, while playing cat and mouse lead change with them.
Arriving back at the Excel centre, trainers on. Now the run, this is the part the I have traditionally found tough. I am trying to reframe what the run means to me. Part of this is listening to my body and not looking at my watch. Coupled with the negative chatter in my head and the temptation of looking at the thing on my wrist, I push on, enjoying the chill of head wind when I turn into it.lance3
Finally the last lap I turn into finishing lane, where I pass Rachel who has been her amazing self all day supporting myself and any other competitors that look like they need their spirits lifted.
I cross the line, happy to get to the line feeling good, no idea what time I had done.
Rachel asks me do I want to know?lance2
I had managed to complete the challenge I set myself, and grabbed my PB by 20 minutes.
Saw a couple other Viceroys, I hope they had equally good days – a wonderfully crazy big event.’

As raced and reported by Lance Kesson