Cyclists are urged to roll out for Ashgate Hospice

Picture courtesy of Pete Frost

Budding cyclists are being urged to take on a fresh challenge for north Derbyshire’s Ashgate Hospicecare by joining the Cycle Derby Sportive around the county’s Dales and Peak District.

The event will provide an alternative to the hospice’s Flagg Challenge which will not be taking place this year.

Those interested in the sportive can register on a choice of 40km, 80km, 120km and 160km rides via the HUUB Events website. Make sure you join TEAM ASHGATE when you enter the event and you can also donate via the entry form or request a fundraising pack.

Anyone raising over £300 will receive a Polaris cycling top.

To find out more about the work of this fantastic charity, visit the Ashgate Hospicecare website.

Ashgate Hospice
Jon Cooper, Derbyshire Times

Novice Athletes Gear Up for Jenson Button Trust Triathlon

More than 300 people have already entered this summer’s Jenson Button Trust Triathlon which will be held for the third consecutive year in Derby on Sunday July 23.  The largest number who have already signed up are novice triathletes who will be competing for the first time alongside Formula 1 McLaren Honda racing driver Jenson Button as well as seasoned and elite athletes on the day.

Race Director Claire Duffin said: “It’s great to see so many entries from  from people who are doing their first triathlon with us. Jenson and his team at the Trust have always been keen that this event is achievable for novices but equally challenging to more experienced and even elite athletes.  That is why we have the two-legs in the event with everyone racing in the morning and then the top 50 going through to both the men’s and women’s and team finals in the afternoon with a separate race for everyone else.”

Novice entries included local people and those from across the UK and Europe.

Mark Gould (36) from Markeaton Village is amongst those who will be doing their first triathlon at the event. “I have been involved with the JBTT for the past two years as my employer epm:technology have made the medals and trophies. It was suggested last summer that I should have a go and has snowballed since then and has given me a great focus to get fit.

The great thing about JBTT is that it is accessible.  The distances are short so they are achievable and it will be great to race against some of the best – including Jenson Button himself – although they will all no doubt be leaving me in their wake!”

Tanya Muller Bourges (35) will be travelling to Derby from her home in Brussels to take part in her first ever triathlon and is excited to be part of the day and to see the city.

“My boyfriend is a keen triathlete and an avid fan of Jenson Button so he suggested that we should enter together and make it the highlight of a holiday in the UK. I do running but need to work on my swimming and cycling skills but actually my goal on the day is to achieve the best time that I can but, more importantly, to have fun and meet some new people.”

Another option for novices is to team up with two colleagues or friends and enter the team challenge.  The Yorkshire Puddings team have done just that – made up of Nicola Ayre (34) and Susan Gillie (31) from Sheffield and Nicola’s sister Ally Anderson (32) from Shropshire.

Nicola, who will do the running leg, said: “Susan is pretty fit but Ally and I have started from scratch. It has been a good way to get motivated to do more exercise.

The short distances are very accessible for novices like us.  Doing all three stages would be way too much for me but doing it as a team is much more achievable.

The fact that we can do this as a team and that Jenson Button will be there makes this the perfect event for us.  We are all real fans of him and it should be a great day out.”

Also, back by popular demand, during the JBTT lunchtime break there will be a free to enter family triathlon in the park which is open for children aged between seven and 15, accompanied by an adult.  This consists of a 50m swim in the lake then heading out onto the closed roads for a 2.5km cycle before a 750m run – crossing the same finishing line as the JBTT triathletes.

Spectators are invited to join in the fun.  As well as the opportunity to watch the competitors in action, a wide range of family activities will also be held at the event village set up in Markeaton Park.

The event’s headline sponsor is Santander who work closely with Jenson as one of their brand ambassadors as well as supporting this year’s chosen charity Barnardo’s.

To enter and for more information, please visit and, for latest news and training tips, please follow on Twitter @JBTrustTri

Local Athletes Compete in First Staunton Harold Triathlon

Whilst elite athletes gathered in Leeds for the UK leg of the World Triathlon Series on Sunday – nearly 250 amateurs from across the East Midlands descended on the Staunton Harold Estate for their first triathlon to be held there, organised by Derby-based HUUB Events.

The event was divided into three main categories. The Sprint consisted of a 600m swim in the lake, 28km bike ride and then 8km run around the estate. The shorter Super Sprint started with a 300m swim, 14km bike ride and 4km run. The junior Aquathlon then saw young people aged eight to 16 complete a 100m open water swim followed by a 1.5 km run.

The winners of the Sprint were Lawrence Fanous (31) from Loughborough who competed in the Rio 2016 triathlon event representing his home country of Jordan.  He said: “This was a challenging course but very enjoyable and it was great to see so many triathletes of all ages come together for a great day of sport.”

Fastest female in the Sprint was Kelly Weall (38) from Nottingham.  She said: “This was my first triathlon of the season and it was a great honest course.  I went wrong on the cycle stage and had to quickly turn around but luckily this did not affect my time too severely.”

The Super Sprint male winner was John Pope (51) from Aston-on-Trent who came out of retirement for his first race in three years.  “I was hoping to win my age group so was delighted when I won the overall race.”

Fastest female was Sarah Martin-Smith (39) from Derby who managed a fast time despite having recently recovered from tonsillitis.  “I have been feeling dreadful for a couple of weeks which has badly affected my training but just went for it – and it paid off.”

HUUB Events Race Director Claire Duffin explained: “We had fantastic conditions for the first ever Staunton Harold Triathlon and the feedback from competitors and supporters alike is that it has been a great event.

“The field was split between season triathletes and novices and many have also signed up for our next big event – the Jenson Button Trust Triathlon which will return to Markeaton Park in Derby on Sunday July 23.”

Staunton Harold Hall was formerly a hospice run by the Sue Ryder charity and was bought by the Blunt family in 2003.

Caroline Large is the daughter of the estate owners John and Jacqueline Blunt and lives at the Georgian hall with her husband and three children.

She said: “It was wonderful to welcome so many new people to Staunton Harold Estate for what has been a very well organised and friendly event. Hosting this triathlon has given people access to parts of the estate that they would not normally have and it was certainly the first time that we have had people swimming in the lake.”

Provisional results for the event can be found HERE.

Official photos from Charles Whitton Photography can be found HERE.


East vs West at the Midlands Junior Duathlon

Over 250 young athletes from around the Midlands competed in a Junior Duathlon on a closed circuit at Darley Moor race track in Ashbourne on Saturday.

The event was open to young people aged eight to 16 as part of British Triathlon’s East and West Midlands Junior Race Series. It been organised by HUUB Events in partnership with junior triathlon clubs – Derby’s HUUB Sports Academy and Ashbourne-based Peak Performance. As well as individual trophies, the times recorded by the young athletes also contributed to the regional scores and the overall trophy went to the East Midlands who scored 1,700 points compared to the West Midlands’ 450 points.

Competitors started with a run before transitioning to a cycle stage and then completing the final run distance however, due to increasing wind speeds, the Youth event became a 5km run.  Good job too as during the race gazebos went flying and the finish gantry had to be deflated!

 Several families also took the opportunity to camp overnight free of charge at the race track and then took part in an adult duathlon the following day organised by Crazy Legs Events. 

HUUB Events Race Director Claire Duffin explained: “Although we are best known for organising the Jenson Button Trust Triathlon, we are developing a programme of different events both locally and across the UK which appeal to all age groups and abilities. To see so many children taking part and enjoying the sport was fantastic and we had a combination of first timers as well as club athletes. We were delighted to be teaming up with the HUUB Sports Academy and with Peak Performance who share our ethos of making sport accessible to all – particularly in the triathlon elements of swim, cycle and run.”

Trophies were presented by Dean Jackson, founder and owner of triathlon kit designers HUUB and co-founder of the HUUB Academy.

Thanks once again must go to our volunteers who gave up their time to make the event a success and also to our event parters HUUB, Inchcape Toyota, Jewson and Mobile Solutions UK.

Click HERE to see the overall results.


First Maltby Triathlon hailed a success

Around 130 athletes entered the first Maltby Triathlon on Sunday May 14. The event was based at Maltby Leisure Centre which is managed on behalf of Rotherham Council by Places for People Leisure.

The event was designed with two different distances – making it ideal for novice, improver and experienced triathletes. The Sprint distance was the ultimate challenge – consisting of a 400m indoor pool swim (16 lengths), a 24km bike ride on country lanes around Stainton and Braithwell and a 5km run around the neighbourhood, finishing at  Manor Fields. The Super Sprint event was half the distance – 200m/12km/2.5km – making it ideal for novice competitors.

Meanwhile, a free duathlon event was organised for children aged five to fourteen.  This was a run-bike-run on the playing fields outside the leisure centre – giving young people the chance to try out the sport.

The inaugural event winners were:

Sprint Male, Overall Winner – Kev Dawson, 1:02:07 (pictured)

Sprint Male Fastest 1st Timer – John Spencer, Team Manvers,  1:18:00

Sprint Female – Rebecca Lineker, Belper 1020, 1:14:07

Sprint Female Fastest 1st Timer – Elizabeth Docherty, 1:17:57

Super Sprint Male, Overall Winner & Fastest First Timer – Luke Davis, 41:42

Super Sprint Female, Overall Winner – Angela Parkin, Team Manvers, 49:32

Super Sprint Female, Fastest 1st Timer – Samantha Weatherall, 50:06

Claire Duffin, Event Director for HUUB Events commented “The event was designed to encourage people to have a go at triathlon but equally to attract local triathlon clubs and more experienced athletes from further afield which is exactly what happened.

We have had some great feedback on social media and I am particularly pleased that around half of the starting field were people who were doing their first triathlon.

We were fortunate to have some great local volunteers who worked incredibly hard throughout the day and local community came out in force to cheer everyone on.

I therefore want to thank everyone who got involved – whether as an athlete, marshall or spectator in making this such a fantastic day.”

Triathlete comments about the event have been posted on

They included first timer Hayley Brown who wrote: “This was my first triathlon and I was nervous to say the least. The whole HUUB Team were spot on, answering the many questions we asked on the hints and tips session on the Saturday. The triathlon was very well organised and the marshals were supportive throughout. I can’t find anything that would need improving, an amazing experience. Thank you to all involved.”

Fellow novice David Shepherd posted:

David Shepherd Shepherd: “Entered this event as it was local. Hoping for a reasonable morning. Better than expectations. The event team were welcoming, friendly and efficient. The swim venue, indeed the whole venue was first class. The bike course was quick with some nice short, sharp climbs, but straight roads in the main. The run course of two laps in the residential area had spectators to cheer you on. A successful day. Will be back again if this venue is used.”

Will we be back in 2018?  Watch this space!