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

Monthly Duathlon now up and ‘running’!

Following the success of the Duathlon in May will we now run this virtual competition monthly for the foreseeable. 5km Run, 20km Bike, 2.5km Run: anytime, anywhere. facebook event page here or you can email your result to communications.officer@lbt.org.uk Rules: 1 – Road, trail, treadmill or turbo. 2 – Run 1 & Bike to start & finish at the same transition but Run 2 can finish anywhere. 3 – Time your full event including transitions 4 – To be completed before midnight Tuesday 30th June 5 – Enter as many times as you like, fastest time to count. Times: Please post your overall time and activity splits, including transitions in this Facebook thread. – Any screen shots, photos of your watch etc will do. – Please indicate if you used a turbo or treadmill. – Plus your age and gender. Results – Monthly and on going league results – Bonus kudos for photos of you in action in your LBT kit. ** Please continue to exercise & compete responsibly & safely. **

Virtual Sprint Duathlon for May!

The LBT Virtual Sprint Duathlon – May 2020 is now live!! 5km Run, 20km Bike, 2.5km Run: anytime, anywhere. Rules: 1 – Road, trail, treadmill or turbo. 2 – Run 1 & Bike to start & finish at the same transition but Run 2 can finish anywhere. 3 – Time your full event including transitions 4 – To be completed before midnight Sunday 31st May. 5 – Enter as many times as you like, fastest time to count. Times: Please post your overall time and activity splits, including transitions on the facebook thread which is pinned in the group page. We know Strava isn’t very good at ‘multi-sport (Garmin is better) so: – Any screen shots, photos of your watch etc will do. – Please indicate if you used a turbo or treadmill. – Plus your age and gender. If you are not on facebook reply via email to communications.officer@lbt.org.uk Results – Age group categories for the results – Bonus kudos for photos of you in action in your LBT kit. If you enjoy the competition we’ll go again in June and can refine things if needed. ************************ VERY IMPORTANT Please be safe for everyone and take no unnecessary risks. This is just a bit of fun and exercise. Please please run/ride individually and keep your distance from other people at all times. Plan your route to make sure you are social distancing. Stop to avoid people if you have to and wait. Be particularly aware when you are out on your bike. Many drivers and pedestrians seem to have forgotten that cyclists exist. **If anyone has any concerns surrounding this please drop me a personal message.**

Club Position in regards to open water swimming

As a result of the Governments recent revision of lockdown, press reports and speculation on social media; it seems appropriate to state the club’s position in respect of Open Water Swimming. Having reviewed Government, British Triathlon and other governing body guidance; along with the current position our partner organisations have adopted. We will not be starting Open Water Swimming, now or in the foreseeable future. As a committee we appreciate that you will find this hugely disappointing and be assured it is not a decision we have taken lightly, however at this time it would not be feasible or safe for those participating or running these sessions within current guidelines. We will continue to review the situation as and when new guidance and information is issued. The lake at Otley is not available for members to use independently, and should members choose to make their own arrangements and go ‘wild swimming’ we would urge you to act in a socially responsible manner and consider the implications of your actions. Many of us would regard ourselves as experienced open water swimmers, but that does not make us immune from getting into difficulty. If this were to happen you would be putting other people at risk and require the support of the emergency services at a time when they are already at their operational limit. These are frustrating times for everyone, but now is the time for us to all act selflessly and not selfishly. Take care and stay safe The LBT Committee

Covid-19 Chairman’s Update

Dear Member, The last few weeks have been strange and challenging for everyone, and things are likely to remain so for the foreseeable future. Be assured that the committee are working hard to find ways of delivering an alternative club program, with a number of sessions going online and various club challenges in the pipeline – see below for the current offering we are able to deliver.. We are very much feeling our way and if you have any ideas/suggestions or things from other clubs you are involved in that we could ‘borrow’ please send me an email – club.chairman@lbt.org.uk or PM me via Facebook. We are also looking to the future, when things start to return to normality; this will undoubtedly be a slow, staggered process with safety, logistical and financial challenges all having to be addressed before sessions can restart. It is conceivable that some sessions will not take place this year (open water swimming) or be restarted for a considerable period of time. Ilkley Triathlon has always been critical to the club’s ongoing financial stability, this year more than ever. We are working hard to ensure that this year’s event goes ahead and I would urge you all to pencil September 20th in your diaries as the day you volunteer and help your club. Without volunteers this event will not go ahead, and without this event, there will be a significant impact on the cost and sessions the club is able to offer. I appreciate that much of the above is potentially not what you what to hear at the moment, however, we felt it was important to be open and transparent with our membership at the earliest possible juncture. I am confident that by being prudent and working together as a club we will overcome the challenges we face at the moment. For the time being it is critical that whilst trying to train we act responsibly within the current guidelines, supporting each other by staying in contact by using your preferred remote method; but most importantly Stay Safe Carl Akeroyd Club Chair   What can we currently offer:- Monday: Zwift ride 20:00 Tuesday: Coached Turbo 18:30 (using Zoom) Wednesday: Yoga 19:00 (Using Zoom), Zwift ride 20:00 Thursday: Friday: Saturday: Zwift ride 9:00 Sunday: Zwift ride 20:00 Anytime: parkrun league – post your best 5k for the month Club hill climb – 1hr of climbing running or cycling Strength and conditioning For an invite to the zwift rides follow Andrew Willis, Richard Ellis Tri or Neil Holloway – we have also added a ‘discord’ channel to improve the experience. Discord is an app that allows users to chat to each other whilst they ride. Allan Dodds has kindly put together a step by step guide for this which can be found here.

Club donates water bottles to Covid-19 NHS staff

Over last week the club have been able to play a small part in helping the fight against Covid-19 by donating our entire supply of water bottles for staff working in the ICU departments of St James hospital Leeds and the Bradford Royal Infirmary. Thank you for the good work you continue to do. The club are running regular swift rides, yoga on Wednesdays and you can still take part in our now virtual ‘parkrun’ league. Stay safe everyone.

Covid-19 Club Statement (updated) cessation of all training sessions.

Following on from the updated advice from the government, athletic associations, and due to the fact Leeds City Council will be closing all public sports centres from midnight tonight, we have taken the decision to suspend ALL training sessions with effect immediately. We will constantly review this and update all members as soon as any further information is available. The Zwift session running tomorrow (18/03/20) will still go ahead, and we will look into increasing the use of this kind of technology and how we can engage our athletes in alternative ways during this time. LBT Committee

Covid-19 Club Statement

Given the current climate the LBT Committee feel that is important to update our members in respect of Covid – 19, and our training sessions and events. We are currently adopting a business as usual position in line with Government and BTF guidance, should you wish to explore this please see the below links – https://www.britishtriathlon.org/important-information-on-c… https://www.gov.uk/…/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-res… This decision has also been taken in conjunction with our partners who provide the facilities we use for our sessions. Please be assured that if this guidance/advice changes we will review our position and take the appropriate action, immediately. We would ask all members to take the time to review the guidance available and act accordingly, personnel hygiene is critical to reducing the risk, and we would ask that if members feel ill / under the weather they do not attend club sessions. We will be encouraging our coaches to be proactive in encouraging increased hygiene at club sessions and asking members who present as ill to not attend/leave the session. Please support our coaches in this, they are doing it for the benefit of all those present. If you wish to contact me in respect of the above, please feel free do so via the below email – club.chairman@lbt.org.uk Thank you for your support, happy training and hopefully here’s to a great year of racing.

LBT wins UK Club of the Year 2018!

We are delighted to announce that the club has won the UK club of the year award for 2018, meaning that the title of the best triathlon club in the UK has been held by us for 4 years running.  A big thank you to everyone who voted for us in the 220Triathlon magazine awards. It means a lot for the committee, coaches and volunteers who make the club the success that it is.