Lee on Solent Parkrun

On Saturday 25th November Bayside Tri Club took over the volunteering roles at Lee on Solent Parkrun.

For those that don’t know about Parkrun (where have you been????) Parkrun is anorganised free, weekly, 5km timed runs around the world. They are open to everyone, free, and are safe and easy to take part in. We are extremely lucky that we have 10 Parkruns within 15 miles of us. The runs couldn’t take place without the army of willing volunteers and runners are encouraged to volunteer whenever they can. There is a Volunteer club that rewards anyone who volunteers on 25 different occasions at any of the Parkrun events (5k or junior series). Those who reach this milestone can claim a free 25 volunteer t-shirt from the Parkrun Wiggle Store.

Lee on Solent Parkrun requires approx. 35 volunteers to ensure that the run goes smoothly. Roles include: Pre-event set up, First timers brief, Timekeeper, Funnel manager, Finish Tokens, Barcode Scanners, Tail Walker, Photographer, Report Writer, marshals and for special occasions pacers.

Bayside Tri members enthusiastically volunteered for the key roles and with some support from regular volunteers were able to fully man all marshal and volunteer roles.

Saturday morning was clear and sunny however the little bit of breeze that was there was extremely cold. Those there early helping to set up certainly needed their gloves and hats to keep the cold at bay but it was worth it so see the start line filled with so many local runners.

Club Chairman, Lee Rhodes, gave the pre race brief and managed to welcome a Parkrun tourist all the way from Chicago. At 09:00 the runners were raring to go and off they set, heading along the promenade towards the first turn point. Marshals were located at key points and encouraged all runners as they passed. A steady stream of runners returned past the start/finish point on their way to the second turn point.


As the breeze picked up and the temperature drop even further the first runners started to return to the finish line. First across the line was local runner, Lewis Banner (Stubbington Green Road Runners), in a time of 17:14. The finish line and funnel soon filled up and those bar code scanning were kept busy.

It total 327 Parkrunners completed the 128th Lee on Solent Parkun. There were 18 different clubs represented and countless PBs.

Bayside Tri thoroughly enjoyed taking part and giving something back to our local running community and we’ll definitely be back in 2018 for another takeover (maybe in the summer when it’s a little warmer!)

We’d encourage anyone interested to get involved in Parkrun, whether as a runner or as a much needed volunteer. The aim of Parkrun is to be inclusive an open to all which very much echoes our own Club ethos.

#Friendship #Endeavour #Commitment

#Parkun #Volunteer #Keepitlocal #Community #Running #Runner

2018 Annual General Meeting

It’s that time of year again when we look to hold our Annual General Meeting (AGM).

This year we would like to invite all existing members as well as anyone that is interested in finding out some more about our great club.

When: Wednesday 6th December

Time: 19:30 Start

Where: Rose and Crown, 59-61 Stokes Road, Gosport

The Agenda for the evening is to be confirmed however as a minimum we shall here from:

  • Club Chairman
  • Club Treasurer
  • Discipline Captains (Swim, Bike & Run)

as well as voting in the committee for 2018.

We would love for you to join us for the AGM and have a drink with us a we look back on 2017 achievements and discuss plans for 2018.


Bayside Autumn Duathlon 2017 – Revised Cycle Route

Due to road works on Marine Parade East we have had to change the cycle route of our event – please see the revised cycle route

Cycle Route – Plan B – 2017 – Image 1 , 2 and 3

Cycle Route – Plan B – 2017 – Image 4 and 5

Don’t forget that you can collect your timing chip and race number on Saturday 4th Novemeber from Absolute Running, Stokes Road, Gosport between 10:00 and 14:00

See you all on race day


Bayside Autumn Duathlon 2017 – Race Day Instructions

2017 medalWith a little over 2 weeks to go to the 3rd Bayside Autumn Duathlon preps are well underway to deliver another great event.

The race is a fully chip timed event, with the vastly experienced team from StuWeb (www.stuweb.co.uk) providing timing chips, race numbers and bike racking. A full results service will be available on line shortly after the race.

With close to 200 competitors due on the start line and needing to collect their race number and timing chips we have arranged for registration/number collection to be available on the day before the race. This helps us considerable and hopefully takes some of the stress away from competitors on race day.

Our friends at Absolute Running (55-57 Stoke Rd, Gosport PO12 1LS) have very kindly agreed for us to be able to use their shop on Saturday 4th November for this registration service. Competitors will be able to pick up their race number and timing chip from the shop between 10:00 and 14:00. We’d strongly advise that if you’re able to, pop into the shop on Saturday, and pick your number up.

Race Day Timings:

  • Registration: 06:45 – 07:45
  • Bike Racking: 06:45 – 07:45
  • Race Brief: 07:50 – all competitors are to attend
  • Race Start: 08:00 – mass start, both distances

A few race day instructions:

  • All competitors must have a cycle helmet
  • All bikes must be in a road worthy condition (i.e. brakes work and tyres in good condition
  • A rear bike light is advisable
  • Traffic rules must be obeyed (stop at red traffic light, give way etc.)
  • There is one compulsory stop – all competitors must put thei foot down at this point – Bayside Tri marshals will be in attendance at this point and it will be briefed
  • We share the promenade with other users, please be considerate/courteous
  • Please do not litter
  • Car parking is available, it is free before 10:00 thereafter a small charge applies

Maps of the course are available here:

Transition Area 2017

Sprint Run 2017

Super Sprint Run 2017

Bike Route Image 1

Bike Route Image 2

Bike Route Image 3

Absolute Running are kindly sponsoring race day prizes – thank you guys

Additional spot prizes will be available

All finishers will receive a bespoke race finishers medal – produced by RunningImp

We look forward to welcoming you once again to Stokes Bay

Any questions contact Race Director, Lee Rhodes, at lee@baysidetri.co.uk

Bayside Autumn Duathlon 2017

Our award winning end of season Duathlon returns to Stokes Bay on Sunday 5th November and we’ve been working hard to make this year as good, if not better, than previous years.

We have listened to the feedback provided in 2016 and will be introducing stricter security in the transition area as well as having dedicated first aid response in attendance.

All finishers will receive a bespoke finishers medal. A new design for 2017 draws inspiration from our location adjacent to the Gosport Diving Musuem and is once again being provided by the good people at Running Imp.

Once again we have two distances for competitors to choose from, the shorter Super Sprint is a 2.5km run / 10km bike / 2.5km run race and the Sprint distance race is double that (5km / 20km / 5km).

Our race is ideal for beginners or for more experienced competitors that are looking for a flat, fast end of season leg stretch.

The entry field is limited to 200 and entry can be done online via the link on our club website home page.

So far we have representatives from a wide range of local running and triathlon clubs, including:

  • Gosport Road Runners
  • Stubbington Green Runners
  • Portsmouth Triathletes
  • Hants Police Tri Club
  • Denmead Striders
  • Royal Navy Triathlon
  • David Lloyd Southampton Tri Club
  • Haslemere Border Athletic Club
  • Hedge End Running Club
  • HERC Triathlon
  • Southampton Tri Club

We look forward to welcoming you all to Stokes Bay on the 5th.

GOTRI Aquathlon – A Beginners View

On Friday 2nd June Bayside Tri Club hosted it’s first GOTRI event of 2017. This followed on from the successful race series that we hosted in 2016. The whole aim of GOTRI events is to introduce multi-discipline sport races to beginners, in a safe, friendly and encouraging environment. They are low cost events aimed to show that you don’t have to spend large sums of money on ‘all the kit’ and hopefully inspire competitors to take on greater challenges. Our event was a 300m pool based swim followed by a 3km run – known as an Aquathlon.

We are fortunate to have the new Gosport Leisure Centre as our base and an ideal venue for a pool based swim venue and with a ready made 1.5km run route near by.

On the day 35 competitors signed in, were given a race brief, completed the event, received their medal and enjoyed themselves.

One of the competitors, taking on this type of race for the first time has provided a fantastic race review, and with her permission we are sharing that with you. Please have a read and if inspired check out the future races in our GOTRI series.

“Why did we sign up for this?” was the question of the day for my friend Tracey and I as we arrived for our first Aquathlon. My answer was because I’m an injured runner, and having to stick to shorter distances I figured I may as well throw a swim in there to make up for lost miles. Tracey’s answer was that I basically talked her into it. That’s what friends are for. 

We turned up with no idea of what to expect. The preceding few days had been spent exchanging various messages: what to wear, what not to wear, yes I’ll braid your hair for you, lets share a bottle of talc, what time shall we leave? Are you eating first? …you get the picture.

We were both so nervous beforehand but the team from Bayside Tri really put us at ease. We basically had no idea what we were doing. I was wearing a pair of Nike shorts and a crop top as I figured I could swim and run in that. Others had shorts over a swim suit, and some had these fetching “tri suits”, which are like the lovechild of a swimsuit and cycling shorts. I felt like the kid with the wrong PE kit, but soon realised it didn’t matter. 

We registered, got our numbers written on our hands, and were presented with a Go Tri swimhat. 

Tracey and I found a nice spot for me to braid her hair (vital race preparation….) and chat about the event. I say “nice spot” but I actually put my towel down to kneel on right in a pile of bird poo that I can only assume came from an albatross. Note to self: prep hair before arrival next time to avoid such issues.

Soon, people started to lay out towels near the exit from the pool. Now, I’m all for a bit of sunbathing but this seemed slightly bizarre at 7.30pm. We soon realised this was their transition area, and followed suit. We undid our trainers as loose as possible, then sprinkled a bit of talc in them to make them easier to slip on with wet feet. Then we saw someone put some talc on their towel, so did the same. Lots of people had funky elastic laces to save time when putting shoes on. Obviously, as grown adults and mothers, we were confident we wouldn’t need such gimmicks and could tie our own shoelaces. 

Very soon it was time for the first wave to start. We were in the final wave, and went in to watch from the poolside. If anyone is thinking of doing any Go Tri event but is worried about the swim, then please don’t be. There were people doing breast stroke, people keeping their head out of the water the whole time, people stopping for a breather every few lengths, and people like me who usually swim in a shallow pool nearly drowning when we got into the pool at the deep end.

All nerves I had disappeared the moment I started my swim. I guess your body makes a decision that you either put your energy into worrying, or staying afloat and breathing. Thankfully my body made the right choice. The 12 lengths seemed to go quite quickly, and although I know I didn’t swim as well as I can, I was pleased. For the first few lengths I was reminding myself to stay relaxed, and then I took a face full of water from the lane next to me and that went out the window. From then on it was all about hanging on!

Transition wasn’t all that smooth. My trainers went on nicely with the addition of talc. However, I reverted to a bumbling six year old when under pressure and found myself struggling to tie my laces. Those elastic laces suddenly seemed like a very wise purchase and I cursed myself for being so naively smug about the intricacies of laces earlier on. 

As I headed off on the run my legs felt heavy. After about 200m I got into my stride, and enjoyed the run. I overtook a few people and made sure I said well done to them. Partly to be nice, but mostly because it took my mind off the fact I was running around Gosport in my swimwear. 

The run was two laps and nice and flat, which was a bonus. The support from marshals and other competitors was really good. When I crossed the finish line I was pleasantly surprised to find that all finishers got a medal. For the bargain race entry fee of £8.50 I expected the medal to be either plastic or edible. Though I would have been very happy with the latter, it was nice to get a proper engraved medal to remember my first Aquathlon by.

The team from Bayside were so lovely after the race. It seemed they genuinely cared about how people had got on, and what our experience was like. Thank you Bayside for making my first Aquathlon such an enjoyable experience and for your support all the way through. 

Would I do it again? Absolutely!

Would I recommend to others? Yes!

Tips from a first timer… sign up, buy some elastic laces, and enjoy it!

Bayside Tri Club – Swim Open Evening

Bayside Tri Club – Swim Open Evening

On Friday 26th May 2017 Bayside Tri Club will host an open evening at Gosport Leisure Centre.

The swim leg is often the discipline that gives most future triathletes the biggest concern. Swimming is often about confidence and getting time in the water. Hopefully our open evening will provide you with a some of this. The aim of the evening is to give those that are considering entering a race or of getting involved a few pointers/tips with their swimming and to build up confidence in those that are a little nervous.

We will meet in reception at 19:45, you’ll have a safety brief and overview of the planned session, we’ll then go pool side where we will have a lane dedicated for new swimmers. Our coaches will be poolside, offering advice and pointers, and you’ll be able to swim for as much, or as little, of the session as you feel comfortable.

With our GOTRI Aquathlon and Triathlon coming up this is the perfect opportunity to get some confidence in the water and prove to yourself that you can do it.

The evening will cost £5, is open to everyone and we all we ask is that you’re able to swim one length of the pool (25m) (regardless of style/technique).