The Fan Dance Summer Series 2018 – 8th July
The Fan Dance is a gruelling 24km SAS Selection test march staged over Pen y Fan, the highest mountain in the Brecon Beacons. The infamous march is the world’s oldest Special Forces test and is used as the first major indicator of whether a candidate has the physical and mental aptitude to complete the legendary Selection course. The AEE Fan Dance Race Series event is the original version with a provable and undeniable heritage. Founded, organised, and managed by veteran SAS & SBS soldiers, our ethos is of integrity and the unrelenting pursuit of excellence.
Rex Walsh completed this tough test in 4:17:00
Upton Triathlon – Saturday 14th July
Sprint Distance Triathlon consisting of a 750m swim, 21.5km Bike and a 5km run
Colin Hann 01:30:39
Ironman Bolton – Sunday 15th July
3.8km swim, 180.25 km bike and 42:20km run.
The beautiful lake swim takes place in Pennington Flash. Cyclists will embark on a 112-mile (Reduced to 95 miles due to the recent fires in the area), two-loop journey from Pennington Flash and onto the breath-taking Lancashire countryside. The run begins at T2 at Queens Park and athletes will head into Bolton town centre, out and back through Queens Park completing four loops before finishing in Victoria Square
Lawrence Williamson 12:22:28
British Triathlon Sprint Distance Championships – Sunday 15th July
This perennial favourite is held at Woodhorn Museum in the QE2 Country Park which boasts a 16-hectare lake surrounded by developing woodland and open grasslands. The swim will be in the warm shallow freshwater lake. The “undulating” bike route will take you out towards Widdrington Village, before sweeping onto the coast road near Druridge Bay and then along to Cresswell village with some breath-taking views along the coastline. The run will be on the footpath that winds its way through the woodland and open grasslands that surround the lake and run passes the Finish at the end of each lap. 750m swim, 24k bike and 6.5k run (Pic of Darren on the podium included)
Darren Jones 1:20:15 3rd in his age category
Long Course Weekend – Friday 13th – Sunday 15th July
We had several members take part in this event which involves the following events:
Saturday – The Wales Sportive
There are three different distances for The Wales Sportive. The short distance of 45 miles, the mid-distance route of 66 miles, as well as the full distance course of 112 miles, for the athletes who really want to push their limit.
Sunday – The Wales Marathon
Sunday is the day contestants take on arguably the more difficult event of the weekend. Athletes will either be running the Wales Marathon of 26.2 miles, or the Wales Half Marathon of 13.1 miles.
The following members completed the full distance for the Long Course Weekend
Peter Buckley – 10:50:03 (1:09:06 Swim, 5:58:27 Bike, 3:42:30 Run)
Stuart Mann – 14:11:46 (01:11:26 Swim,07:59:56 Bike,05:00:23 Run)
Junior Long Course Weekend – 1.2-mile swim, 42 mile cycle and 10km run
Jordan Mann 05:58:58 (Swim 40:26, Bike 4:19:44 and run 58:47)
Ryan Hawtin completed the 66-mile bike 04:35 and Half Marathon 02:03:00
Richard Buchanan completed the 45 mile Bike and 10k Run
Jack Buchanan completed the 45 mile bike and 10k run
Nick Whiffin completed the 2.4 mile swim, 45 mile bike and 10k run
Jay Whitehouse completed the 1.2 mile swim and 112 mile cycle
Adam Phillips completed the 2.4 mile swim and 112 mile cycle
The Big Welsh Swim – Saturday 14th July
The BIG Welsh Swim will take place in Llyn Padarn, Padarn Country Park, Llanberis, Snowdonia National Park, North Wales. The swim route will involve lengths of the lake (each length is 3km) with a choice of 4 different distances to choose from.
Susie Nicholas completed the 1.3 mile swim
The Bantham Swoosh 2018 – Sat 14th July
Now in its fourth year, the Swoosh is a world-class 6km swim in a sandy-bottomed estuary in Devon. Among the things that make it special is the fact the estuary we swim in is both shallow and sandy bottomed – so water is clear rather than muddy, and swimmers have a view of the sandy bed most of the way. The swim culminates in a “swoosh” as the ebbing tide is funnelled through a narrow section of the river, speeding you along over the riverbed at up to four times your usual swimming speed.
Paul Casey 1:43:23