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Cycling updates

I thought I would take this opportunity to update everyone on the last few weeks in the cycling calendar for Sweet Peaks, after last week updating on the great medals won in more running & swimming based events.

Sheffield Grand Prix 

The Sheffield Grand Prix, part of the national circuit season, once again took place on a barmy Wednesday evening in Sheffield City Centre on 18th July. Sweet Peaks corner was resplendent as the riders hurtled past at high speed, luckily once more with no one ploughing straight into the barriers.

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Congratulations to all the winners but especially to local boy Joey Walker from Team Wiggins on winning the main race and also Andrew Douglas of Velo Viewer who finished 4th in the support race but winning the Sweet Peaks 4th Cat prize for the highest 4th Cat finisher.

Cycling Sheffield Team

Its been a busy month for the Cycling Sheffield team with the circuit races happening in quick succession but they have had some great results.

This last week saw a great 4th and 10th place finish in the Holmfirth Road Race. Earlier in July there had also been great results in the North Wales RR with a 5th and 8th position finish for Joe and Kieran (respectively) whilst also getting through many of the circuit races unscathed which is no mean feet in itself.

A huge result at the local and prestigious Bradfield Hill Climb too with a win for Joe for the second year in a row and a great 4th place finish for Kieran too despite forgetting his shoes and having to have a pair lent to him by another sponsor!

Geared Up Cycles Road Team

Geared up Cycles have also had a good couple of weeks with Adam Quixall finishing 6th in the WNT Support race at the Sheffield Grand Prix followed in by James Quixall in 12th and James Ward in 14th. Adam also finished a brilliant 4th in the Holmfirth Road Race in the Support Race.

 

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National Aquathlon Championships

Its been a heck of a couple of weeks for results. Yiannis Christodoulou in the World Champs Aquathlon (9th), our fantastic 3 girls in the English Schools National Championships (Silver Medal for Cyane), our own win in the Small Business Awards (not quite the same but I’m going to keep shouting about it!) and now its a double podium for Team Sweet Peaks at the National Aquathlon Championships!

Helen Russell is concentrating more on Quadrathlon these days, where she is leading the way in the British Series once more, but she took on the Aquathlon National Championships last weekend (I am assuming because she had a free weekend!). Helen had a really strong race and finished in 3rd in her age group taking home yet another medal!

Yiannis Christodoulou was backing up from his brilliant performance as captain of the Age Group GB side at the World Champs in Denmark where he finished 9th. As with any age group champs you cannot always tell quite how well you are doing and Yiannis himself thought he had had a bad race, if only all our bad races ended with being crowned National Age Group Champion!!!

Fantastically well done to both Yiannis and Helen, we are all very proud of both of you and how well you are doing!

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Yiannis and Helen sharing the podium for a Team Sweet Peaks shot!

 

The Star Small Business Awards Winner

I am very proud to announce that we have won the Family Business award at “The Star Small Business Awards 2018” at a ceremony held in Sheffield City Centre on Thursday 19th July.

Managing Director Richard Pitchfork was there to pick up the award at the Virgin Money Lounge and commented “It is a huge honour to be recognised by a panel of judges looking for companies that are really adding to the City and doing the City proud. We are a City of Makers and Innovators from our very beginning and to be recognised as a company that is striving to keep that tradition alive is brilliant for us. We are an old business but we are one that is trying to develop for the next generation and we are pleased that all the efforts we are making are being recognised. There is a long long way to go but we feel as though we are making progress.”

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Richard Pitchfork being presented with the award by Ashlea McConnell of MK Public Relations

English Schools Success and other results since July 5th!

Its time for a quick run down of the weekend’s results, and there are some really fantastic individual achievements to celebrate! Its running heavy this week and I make no apologies for it, and I am sure you will understand why when you see the results!

This weekend was the English Schools Athletics Championships and, as many of you who read this blog will know, we support not only Team Russell Athletics but also Cyane Robinson, Emily Simpson and Esther Rowe-Towle separately. This weekend all 3 were taking part with great results all round.

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Cyane with coach Jamie Russell and her Silver Medal!

Emily was at her 10th Champs (which is an epic achievement in itself) but this will be her last as she leaves the Schools age groups behind. Unfortunately Emily was in a slow heat in the Senior 1500m and found herself boxed in missing out on the final by just 1 place. Esther has been battling a Stress Fracture for the last few months so simply making it to the start line for the Inter 3000m was a great achievement. She was personally disappointed with a 13th finish but with another year in the age group and after the year she has had she should be very pleased with the result. Cyane finished in 2nd in her Senior 1500m heat so progressed to the final where she raced a strong race finishing in a fantastic 2nd place and a SILVER MEDAL!!

A very special group of athletes which we are very very proud to support!

 

On the other end of the Sepctrum (sorry Rich) the Mohican Runner Rich Heyes was up at the North of England Masters championships where he won the mens 1500m! A huge achievement well done!

Denmark is our next stop with Yiannis Christodoulou Captaining the GB age group Aquathlon team at the World Championships where he finished a fantastic 9th place, qualifying again for next year’s competition.

Back to the UK and the Box End Quadrathlon with Helen Russell who took the win to make it 3 from 3 in what was a British Series and World Cup race! That gives her a pretty healthy lead in the British Series and a great World Cup result too, along with a medal presentation by Olympic Champion Etienne Stott.

Adam Holland has also finished his Barrow 10 marathons in 10 days averaging a superb 3hr 2min 39sec. But as every with Adam, not satisfied with 10 in 10 he decided only a matter of days after this event to do the Snowdonia Trail Marathon coming 3rd!

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June Round-up

Well June has gone by far too quickly and we’ve been very busy here at Sweet Peaks Towers so my huge apologies for not updating people on the brilliant results our supported Athletes and Teams have been getting. If you want to keep more instantly up to date please follow us on Twitter as we retweet and are tagged in some of these great results. In this post I will give a quick rundown of some of the best of June, if I miss anything out please accept my sincere apologies!

Connor SwiftFirst off though a bit of a throw back. When we started Sweet Peaks one of the first supported teams was EnvelopeMaster-Giant Cycling which is now Cycling-Sheffield who we are still very proud to support. On that team was a certain Connor Swift (brother of, then, Team Sky Rider Ben Swift). Last weekend Connor, now at Madison Genesis, won the HSBC National Road Race title beating full Pro riders, Grand tour riders and Olympic Champions! Huge Congratulations to Connor and to Dave Coulson the DS at Cycling-Sheffield who helped nurture and grow Connor on his path to the National title!

Anyway on to the results from June

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A great month with an Overall Individual Win at the Giro Del Mon stage race, also the Team Win, King of the Mountains Jersey, U23 Win and stage 1 Win!

Following this great success there was a 3rd place win at the Sam Walton Memorial RR and also a 4 day trip to Belgium where the racing is always tough with a very high standard of very street wise racers. A 7th and 9th were fantastic results in themselves with other promising results during the stay topping up the team prize fund nicely!

All eyes are on some up coming “home” races with the Otley Grand Prix coming up and the true home race Sheffield Grand Prix (once again we will have “Sweet Peaks Corner” sponsored at the race) on July 18th!

Sheffield Giants

The Giants have had a successful June culminating in a massive 59-38 win against Edinburgh Wolves which now leaves their season nicely balanced at 4-3.

Helen Russell 

Helen has begun the Quadrathlon Trophy series in great form. The 6 race series is the top level for GB Quadrathletes and Helen is determined to win it in 2018 and she is well on her way with 2 wins already and leading the series.

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Yiannis has his sights very much set on the World Aquathlon Championships in Denmark on 12th June where he will once again Captain the side (a great accolade again well done!). Training is all being aimed at this but he has also warmed up with a win, and course record, at the Dartford Bridge Aquathlon.

Good Luck in Denmark Yiannis!

Adam Holland

Adam has had another very very busy month and while writing this he is on his 8th Marathon in 10 days at the 10 in 10 Great Barrow Challenge!

He has also won the Yeovil Marathon with a course record and came 2nd in the Devon track 10km… to name a few. Adam is always active he runs 24hr races (to just see how far he can get!) and also numerous park runs around the country where he is very happy to meet people and talk to them. Keep up to date on his whereabouts through his website and twitter (more information can be found on his biog page here)

The Redster

Red has had some really good success in June too with 2nd place finishes at the Southern Criterium Champs, 2nd at Thruxton and a 2nd at the Portsmouth NECC Road Race. Lets hope he can get on the top step in July, he is certainly training hard as can be seen on his YouTube Channel!

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Rich has had some great success in June too with wins at the Northern Masters Track 800m and 1500m along with the multi terrain 5km. All of this while keeping on with his 2018 charity challenge.

Team Russell Athletics

Last but by no means least is team Russell. All the team have had a great June with some fantastic results and times from all the team from U8s all the way through to the U20 runners.

The next week or so are all aimed at the English Schools Athletics Championships where some great results are possible for our key athletes (separately supported) Emily Simpson (in her 10th and last champs), Cyane Robinson & Esther Rowe-Towle.. good luck to all!

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Madhatter Polkerris Aquathlon

Madhatter Sports’ popular Polkerris Aquathlon is back on Saturday 14th July and well worth entering for all you mutli sports types! What a stunning location to do it at as well!

Whether you’re a novice or experienced triathlete, challenge yourself and be part of this stunning but tough event.

Starting on the stunning Polkerris beach, the event involves a 1.5km open water sea swim in and around the harbour followed by a tough but rewarding 6km run along the scenic South West Coastal Path. You’ll travel towards the sight of Gribbin Tower before looping back to finish on the beach where a warm Mad Hatter congratulations will await you.

The event is open to both individual and relay entries so if you don’t fancy doing both disciplines, grab a mate and do one each!

The entry fee includes an event medal and a silicone swim hat.

To enter go to https://www.madhattersportsevents.co.uk/aquathlon

Madhatter SUP Fest ~ Polkerris Beach

Its getting closer… the Madhatter Stand Up Paddle fest at Polkerris beach will take place on June 16th.

Another new and different event for Madhatter sports in 2018 is our SUP Fest. This event will see participants take part in one or more events from individual to team races throughout the day. This is a great event for people of all paddle boarding abilities and there will also be kit demo’s, music and great food available.

The events include:
Sprint races of 200m will have a buoyed start and finish. This event will be run as heats in a repechage format, so you will have multiple races if successful.
Distance race of 5km
Technical race (beach start, number of buoyed turns, very short beach run to finish)
Team race 1km (4 people on a Mega SUP board)

A limited number of SUPs will be available to hire for the long distance events however we cannot provide hundreds, they will be distributed at the appropriate time for each event and you will not be able to select board size etc. Boards will be supplied for the sprint and technical events although you can use your own.

To enter go to https://www.madhattersportsevents.co.uk/supfest

Weekend Round Up 12-13th May

What an amazing weekend of results we have had this weekend. A huge well done to all our supported athletes and teams!

Sheffield Giants: A great result this weekend in their 4th match of the season with a 39-0 win over the East Kilbride Pirates! Congratulations to Head Coach Tony Chesters and the rest of the team!

Cyane and Emily at Yorkshire SchoolsTeam Russell: Its been the Yorkshire Schools Championships over the weekend and it was a record breaker for the team. Emily Simpson has a fantastic weekend winning gold in the 800m and 1500m U20 girls events. Cyane Robinson also had a great weekend bringing home a Silver medal in the 800m and Bronze medal in the 1500m. Both Cyane and Emily also both have individual support from us too and this is great news (and the recovery drink helping between races, words from Cyane not me!).

There were also Gold Medals for Ella Kynoch in the U15 girls discuss and also Annie Naylor in the U17 girls 1500m. Josh Kynoch also took 2 bronze medals in the boys Shot and Discuss. Teoni Ojibah won a bronze in the girls 300m and Zak Ferguson also won bronze in the U13 boys 800m with a new personal best.

There were a lot of other fantastic results for all the boys and girls in the team with some great personal bests and goals met so well done to everyone within the team!

Cycling Sheffield: This weekend was the Lincoln GP and the virus that has gone through the team struck Charlie this week so he was unable to take part. Louis, Joe and Harry all managed to make good breaks but, as is often the way with cycling, they couldn’t make them stick with the peleton chasing them down each time, a sign of respect?

By the end all 3 had ridden hard and well but it wasn’t to be with Louis finishing a respectable 32nd and the others not too far behind.

RUn Gatwick HalfAdam Holland: after 3 races last weekend you would have thought a weekend off may be in order, but not for Adam! This weekend saw him take on the Gatwick Half Marathon. Without a specific aim he decided to follow around the one man aiming to do the course under 70 minutes (2 minutes under Adams PB) and see how long he could keep up. It turns out he could keep up for pretty much the whole course with a gap only opening up right at the end. Adam came 2nd with a PB of 69:09 which is really rather impressive!!

Geared Up Cycles: Congratulations to Curtis Maltby on a great 3rd place and podium at the University of Sheffield Road Race at Hadge Edge.

Sheffield Giants

LogoWe are very proud this year to be supporting the Sheffield Giants American Football team who play in the Premier Division North of the British American Football League. If you would like to help support them please use discount code GIANTS15 for 15% discount and to raise money (10% from all orders on his code) for the Giants.

Since inception in 2008 (as the Predators) the Club has generated a number of international-standard players at every level. Some have gone on to represent Team GB in both European and World Championships across Adult Contact, Flag, Student, Women and Youth levels.

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As with almost all amateur sports clubs at this level the Giants are run by volunteers and it is their hard earned time and money that goes into supporting the players as much as possible, while the players also fund their travel and expenses. We are pleased to take some of that burden away by giving a discount to product that is needed but also to help give back with the 10% reward on all orders on their discount code.

The club is working hard with local schools, colleges and universities, introducing the sport of American Football to a wider community. The Club has particularly supported the growth of local women’s sport, providing coaching to the Hallam Women’s Flag team and helping them to achieve 3rd place in the National Championships in only their second year of existence.

Please keep up with their scores on their twitter and facebook feeds and we will also update as the season progresses too.

Good luck and GO GIANTS!

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Results for 28th/29th April and 5th/6th May

Sorry about not getting the last weekend of April’s results out before now, it was a very busy week last week so I am going to try and run through things as much as I can with some links to the bigger/wider stories as we go through.

Cycling Sheffield: a slightly off colour and under the weather team went out on the weekend of 28th/29th April to the Klondike GP. After a puncture Louis finished a respectable 19th so not all too bad. For the full report see here

This weekend saw them head to the ThamesVelo road race and the Stamfordham GP I’ll tweet out the results once I have been sent them through

LogoSheffield Giants: Our newest addition to the Sweet Peaks family is the Sheffield Giants American Football Team (more in a separate block in the next few weeks). In their opening Premier League North fixture they came away with a win over East Kilbride Pirates but unfortunately fell to the Manchester Titans this weekend. We look forward to keeping everyone updated with their progress in the coming weeks.

Team Russell Athletics: after a return from Spain Team Russell has been in training again for the past couple of weeks but that training has included Park Runs and some team Records and personal bests tumbling!! Well dont to all those involved. There have been a few races dotted around and I’ll update you with “start of the track season revied” separately in the next few weeks.

Adam “Tango” Holland: what a weekend this was, and I will have to link quite a bit here as its been busy. Saturday was the Plym Trail Marathon which Adam won in a course record 2:39:29sec . Sunday he backed up with 1st Male in the UK in he Wings for life race running 51.93km in 3:41:50. Monday saw him run his 3rd marathon in 3 days and finish  23rd in 3:03:58 more info on all of the races can be found on his facebook page here. Huge well done and now have a sit down and relax!

Yiannis Christodolou: Yiannis is building up his training with the world championships on the horizon, but he has also been have some great races in preparation. This weekend Yiannis took on the Fleet Half Marathon and knocked 4 minutes off his PB to finish in 1:19:29 in a brilliant 22nd place. He has also written a fantastic blog detailing his competitions over the past month which can be read here.

The Redster: Red raced on the weekend of Apr 28th/29th picking up a fantastic 8th place in the Nat B Chitterne Road Race. He is really racking the points up this year and it is great to be involved. He is also posting some great videos on You Tube so please do keep an eye on his channel here.

Helen Russell: Helen has just finished her Charity Watt Bike classes for the WBA foundation and is in training for the start of her assault on the Quadrathlon world (after conquering Britain last year). In her first every Kayak only race last weekend she finished 2nd (1st Lady) and got promoted a division! Not a bad start!!

The Mohican Runner: Rich managed to get the first of his 18 races this year underway after an elongated off season. A very warm day at the North Lincs half was probably not exactly the way he wanted to start but a great time of 1:24:23 is a brilliant way to start the challenge. For more information on the challenge or donate please go here.

The Mad Hatter Series: The Mad Hatter series got underway this weekend too with the Swim SUP run event, a new take on the triathlon which seemed to go down very well on a lovely sunny day in Cornwall. Well done to all those involved and those taking part!! keep up to date on what is coming up in Cornwall here.