Great morning at Woodhouse Moor parkrun

At the weekend our parkrun league visited the third event of this years league at Woodhouse Moor parkrun, following our previous trips to Otley Chevin and Roberts park in Saltaire. We had a great time and went for a slap-up breakfast afterwards. Our next fixture is at Cliffe Castle, Keighley on the 9th of April, why not join us? You can see the latest league table here.

Entry for the Junior Aquathlon now open!

Date:- Saturday, May the 21st at 3pm After a covid break, we are delighted that all the young budding triathletes in our region can have a go at our popular aquathlon. All ages from 8+ and all abilities from those doing their first-ever event to seasoned regional competitors can race at the wonderful facility of the Edge within the University of Leeds campus. Click on the junior section above to find out more and register your child!  

Winter Schedule announced!

We are pleased to announce that the club after working very hard behind the scenes have released the schedule for Winter with swim, yoga, run, bike and strength and conditioning sessions throughout the week. Click on the regular schedule to find out more and upcoming events to book! Clubs google calendar is here:- https://tinyurl.com/LBTevents

Club Time trials and Hill Climb dates announced – booking available now.

The club is pleased to announce that as Government restrictions are eased and racing and training can start to resume, we have arranged a number of time trials for members through the summer starting next month. These are open to all abilities and any type of bicycle as long as it is roadworthy! A great way to test the lockdown legs or sharpen up for those races.   10 mile TT – Sunday 11th April 10am – V212 Boroughbridge 10 mile TT – Sunday 9th May 10am – V212 Boroughbridge 10 mile TT – Thursday 17th June 10am – V212 Boroughbridge Hill Climb – Thursday 14th July – Norwood Edge   They are now available to book online, on the club website here for just £5 each.   https://lbt.org.uk/upcoming-events/

Resumption of face to face training – update.

I am sure you will have seen the news about a further restriction on numbers of people gathering socially. British Triathlon have confirmed that swim, bike and run activity and events in England are exempt from the new guidelines. Activity and events can continue to operate provided they are Covid Secure and delivered in accordance with our guidance: https://www.britishtriathlon.org/return-to-play We pleased to say we will shortly be starting up limited face to face sessions gradually, following the period of lockdown and government restrictions. However there will be a new system in place for attending sessions. All members must book, and pay for in advance via the website. There will be no option to turn up and pay cash or card as before just right now. This is the system which will ensure we are able to return to training as safely as possible. Please note section 1 is a mandatory part of the process. Members who have not filled out and returned the form will not be able to attend any sessions until they have done this. You only have to do this once. If you continue to book a session and have not returned the form you will not receive a refund. This is what you will need to do:- Complete and send back the “Return to training” document. This is a one off task and you must send a hardcopy wet signed by yourself. The document is available via this link https://drive.google.com/file/d/1yH_6v2ttb2fEOyM74ZJN4I05zUgrtC3z/view?usp=sharing (if anyone has an issue printing this off please email the communications officer) Book online via the website, completing the fit to train questions on the booking form prior to adding it to your cart, and completing payment. These questions are mandatory and you’ll not be able to continue with your booking if you have not answered them. Receive an email 24hrs prior to the session confirming your attendance. Enjoy the session! Whilst following all the guidelines and instructions to ensure the session is safe for all. As soon as sessions become available on the website we will inform members via email and social media channels.

Club hill climb and time trial

Dates for your dairies Norwood Hill Climb 2nd September starting at 1830. Time Trial V212 course close to Boroughbridge 6th September starting at 1000. Cost £5 per event. Both events will have a limited number of places, we are currently finalising details, booking opens 1800 on Thursday 27th August. You must have completed and returned the ‘Returning to Training’ questionnaire prior to booking and you should ensure you read, understand and are able to comply with all the Terms and Conditions as there will be no refunds.

Return to training compulsory questionnaire

In order to help the club return to sessions and activities, British Triathlon requires us to appoint a Covid Officer to oversee this takes place in a Covid secure manner. Committee members Nicky Roughton and Julie Weatherall have taken on this role and are working hard on your behalf to make it happen. All members will have received a ‘Returning to Training Questionnaire’ via email on Monday 17th August. This is a mandatory part of the process and will ensure that you are able to sign up to club run sessions and activities as and when they become available. Please complete and return to the address provided. Please support them, and respect their decision making. LBT Committee

Important club update

Dear Members This year has been financially challenging for the club, and the committee has worked tirelessly since the start of the pandemic to ensure we can meet our financial obligation and continue to operate as a club. In particular the club owes a huge debt of gratitude to our friends at Otley Sailing Club for their generosity and understanding during these difficult times. However, it has become clear that we will not be able to run Open Water Swimming this year given – The limited time amount of time remaining in the open water session The cost implications of attempting to run an open water session, with extremely limited numbers permitted to attend. The amount of time it would take to put in place measures to make these sessions Covid Secure. We believe that our efforts would be better concentrated on looking to restart other club sessions and activities that will run through winter and see us ready to take on the challenges of the 2021 session. Going forward the cancellation of Ilkley Triathlon which we as a committee support, leaves a massive hole in the club’s finance and means that we can no longer subsidies club sessions and activities for the foreseeable future. Going forward we have no alternative but to ensure all our sessions and activities are run on a break even basis, and ideally make a minimal profit to ensure the financial stability of the club going forward. This will inevitably see an increase in sessions fees, with the likelihood that there will no longer be a universal session fee but rather different sessions will be charged at different rates to reflect their true costs We are working hard with our facility providers to understand the measures we need to put in place to slowly restart club sessions and activities as and when venues become available, and we are hoping that we will be in a position to announce them to you in the next couple of weeks. In the meantime, please take the time to complete this short survey which will enable us to make informed decisions around sessions and activities. If you could complete this survey within the next two weeks it would be greatly appreciated. Participation Survey Click here. Thank you for your ongoing support. Stay safe, LBT Committee.

Club position regarding open water swimming

Following the governments recent relaxation of lockdown, which enables certain outdoor activities to recommence there has been speculation on various platforms as to when LBT’s open water swimming sessions will start. As a committee we understand your desire to get back in the water, but LBT will not be starting open water swimming sessions at the moment for the following reasons – We are a club that operates under British Triathlon’s governance and guidance, as such all club activities are suspended until July 4th (and subject to 1 week rolling review thereafter). Our insurance is provided by affiliation to British Triathlon, if we were to deviate from their stated position we would immediately invalidate our insurance. When British Triathlon’s position changes and they permit club activities to restart there will be significant hurdles and challenges to overcome to enable open water swimming to commence whilst complying with government guidance and social distancing. LBT’s open water swimming sessions have some unique challenges, including – The large number of volunteers required to safely run sessions, typically 10. These volunteers would have to be willing to actively participate in the evacuation of a casualty from the water. Qualified first aid volunteers who are willing to come into close contact with a casualty. The club will need to source and purchase appropriate PPE for all volunteers All equipment used during sessions will require cleaning and sanitizing, this will require us to purchase equipment and supplies, as well as develop processes to facility it. There is currently no access to the club house at the Sailing Club, as a result there is no toilet or changing facilities available. There will be a reduction in the number of people able to swim at each session. As a result session cost will increase significantly in order to make them financially viable. The water will require testing and the results received to confirm that the lake is safe, before any swimming can commence. There also does not appear to be any clear research / opinion as to whether COVID 19 is transmissible in water. The revision of risk assessment, standard operation procedures and emergency evacuation plans in light of COVID 19, and available advice. As a committee we are working hard to try and find solutions, and prepare for the time when LBT’s open water swimming sessions can restart, but they can only do so when – We as a committee feel they can be run in a safe manner that does not pose a risk to our volunteers who we depend upon to deliver these sessions, or those participating in them. The operation of the sessions is unlikely to place a burden on our overstretched emergency services. Club activities are sanctioned and insured by British Triathlon.   Take care and stay safe   LBT Committee