What will 2018 bring for you?

Christmas is long gone, the days of stuffing your face and sitting on the sofa are distant memories as we turn our attention to the year ahead. This time of year is the perfect time to start thinking about and planning your goals for the upcoming year.

What is your big race for the year? Will you do your first ever triathlon? Will you try to conquer a longer distance race or perhaps improve your time over the same distance? Do you want to get as much experience as possible and learn a few new skills? How about conquering a swim run, or a time trial, or something else altogether?

Once you know what you want to achieve for the year, write those goals down and break them into small steps. Make a plan and tell people about your goals; it will help you stick to them. My big goal for the year is to go below the 2 hour mark at the ETU Standard Distance Championships in Estonia.

As usual, the club will be putting on its Grand Prix of Races with the first race being a Duathlon in March followed by an Olympic Distance triathlon in May. Our first Sprint Triathlon is on May the 20th and will be held at Eton Dorney. Eton is a great venue, suitable for all abilities, with fantastic support and amazing flapjacks. Check out the Grand Prix page to see what other races we are racing as a club and let’s push for a big turn out from ELT!

Lastly, our training sessions cater to all levels and are designed by our experienced team of coaches. Come along and chat with the coaching team to discuss your plans and get some advice on how to smash your goals for the year. Our training schedule can be found here.

Here’s to another good year!

ELT Chairman

ELT Hill Challenge 2017

An AMAZING turnout this morning for the legend known only as the ELT Hill Challenge. It may have been a little cool but the competition was feisty and in good spirit.

We arrived 09:00 at the Tea Hut for schedule and briefing were I quickly realised I should have taken a bigger piece of paper as 27 (yes, twenty seven) awesome East London Triathletes rocked up ready for battle. Each blasted up Mott Street in 30sec intervals for a 2km brutal but beautiful climb.

After a quick change a we had a gentle jog to the bottom of Church Road, a quick photo and then the mass start. A 1.2k sprint up a 39m elevation was certainly a way to build an appetite! Warm clothes donned and then off to the Bikers Hut for well deserved hot food and drink.

A BIG thank you to organisers, supporters and all who took part. Awesome.

Olympic Distance Club Champs


Wow, what a morning.

Ive competed on numerous occasions at Rutland Water, but never have I seen it as beautiful as it was last Saturday. This was the stage for the Dambuster and from an ELT perspective the club champs at Olympic Distance. A good turnout to with some of the club setting up camp the night before while others chose the graveyard Uber shift opting to take advantage of the M11 and A14 at 4am.

There was a relaxed feel on arrival with some 500 competitors registered. Split down into three waves, each set off, one every ten minutes, rudely awaking the calm, sparkling waters, towards the distant orange buoy signalling the first of three turns. It seemed like an eternity to get there, but once reached we knew we were only one more turn from home, but once around that my focus was grabbed by the newly instated water park. It was only due to the early hour and therefore closure that I didn’t veer off for the to enjoy the slides and floating icebergs.

It got hotter during the bike although I find you never really feel it given the self-generating wind machine a triathlete tends to become when on two wheels. Thus by the time you get to the run you’ve half forgotten how hot it is and then boom you get a wake up call a couple of km in. Thankfully the marshalls were out in force armed with water, high 5 (other energy drinks are available) and a variety of gels, bars, bananas to push you over the line. Note to self, make sure you listen to what the marshalls are giving out as pouring high5 over your head doesn’t cool you down or improve aerobic efficiency.

Crossing the line, breath back and heart rate returning to normal, the free beer was a welcome sight as was the cooling waters to sooth the aching limbs and provide the perfect setting to gas with clubmates about the race, tactics, final positions and how glad we were to have finished before the mercury rose further.

By the time the awards ceremony had begun the temperature was up to 29 degrees and there were still some poor souls out there. Meanwhile as a club we were justly feeling pretty pleased with ourselves,  enjoying the moment with possibly our biggest medal haul of recent memory, with an Age group 1st (Sarah Burns) two 2nds (Lawrence Shafier and Simon Laver) and a third (James Swift). It was great to hear the club being called out so many times and hearing the cheers from all those that stayed. As well as the medallists, there were great performances all around from ELT including an Olympic debut from Alistair X, and as for the club champs, Sarah Burns and Simon Laver took home the honours.

Great to see a good turnout and positive competition, but as ever, there is always room for more, especially you ELT ladies, so roll up and get involved in the next Olympic grand prix race on 6th August and then 20th August for HIM distance.

Dragonslayer 2017 Review

A cold and windy day greeted DS2017, a far cry from the sundrenched 2016 version. Still, 100+ hardy competitors tackled the fast undulating tarmac that makes up the 1 mile circuit adjacent to the Velopark for round 5 of the 2017 London League.

There were a fair amount of hands in the air when our very own DS co-ordinator Peter Dyer asked whether there were any first timers racing. Great to see so many newcomers still taking up the sport and where better for your first race.

There were some great Results ELT Dragonslayer 7th May 17 from young and old, newbies and experienced duathletes alike, helped along by shouts of encouragement from the always excellent ELT Marshalls who gave up their morning to put on another great event.

Here’s to another in 2018.


Ful-On-Duathlon – Event 1 London League

Well done to those who took part in the first grand prix and first London league race of the 2017 season. Great to see a good turnout.
It was a hot but beautiful morning at dunsford aerodrome better known as the Top gear test track.
Both the bike and runs were flat but the pace was furious especially on the first run. The surface was a little uneven in places at the infamous Gambon and hammerhead corners.
Don’t forget the next Grand Prix race is at Thames turbo on 1st May which is also a London league race.
Do get involved and turn your training into points. Your club needs you 

ELT host Junior Duathlon at the VeloPark

A great turn out last week on a blustery and very cold Sunday and the VeloPark. It was amazing to see that these unwelcome conditions didn’t put off the next generation of duathletes who raced their socks off around the mile circuit in East London.

ELT hosted the race alongside English Triathlon representatives, with volunteers marshalling the far reaches of the course, managing registration, co-ordinating the race as well as briefing the young tri stars to make this a very successful event.

Their were races in age groups ranging from 7 years to 16years which saw boys and girls competing against each other in this run-bike-run challenge. Distances varied depending on age group and was great to see so many smiley faces crossing the line to collect their medals.

The future certainly looks bright for these young hopefuls.



Welcome to 2017

Hi all,

sorry for my tardiness, given its nearly feb already, but welcome back to a new year in triathlon. We’ve got a great new Grand Prix Series so have a look and get entering to make the most of your new year training. We’re paying special attention to the London league this year so it would be great to see our club colours at these local events.

There’s also the excellent ELT coaching sessions, with 3 evening swims a week at the college pool, then there’s the evening track session at Woodford Green AC which alternates with the mother of all turbo sessions in South Woodford on Wed nights.

On the weekends we have a the forest run on Saturday mornings (see new run rota), and the sunday morning ride from the Castle. Look on facebook and email to see what’s going on or to organise yourselves.

Have fun, train hard and I hope to see you out there training soon.


ELT to team with Triathlon England again

ELT are again teaming up with Triathlon England, to host yet another magnificent day of sport at the iconic Velopark, this time on the same day as the Womens Triathlon in Rio.


On Sat 20th August, there will be multiple beginners duathlons featuring realistc and achievable distances of 600m run, 3km cycle, 600m run. Childrens races are for 9-13years and adult races starting from 14 years.

For more info: http://www.triathlonengland.org/london/news/gotrintrd_7037

This will be a very enjoyable family friendly day so come down and take part, spectate or maybe be part of our superb marshalling team.

Dragon Scorcher


The heat was turned right up to 27 degrees yesterday when ELT hosted their Annual Duathlon Event at the Olympic VeloPark.

The Dragonslayer attracted 120 + duathletes spread over two waves, who tackled the fast and technical course under the brightest of blue skies with little or no wind to cool their efforts.20160508_110251

Congratulations to all participants, there were some great results with Michael Dowds taking 1st male and Hannah Ewens taking 1st female.

Special mention also goes to Gary Donald our first para-duathlete and John Nugent as the oldest competitor in the race at the sprightly age of 74. Amazing effort.

Results can be found on the velopark duathlon webpage here, and some Pics of the event can be found here

Hope to see you back in 2017



Dragonslayer 2016 – Only two weeks to go

2016 Dragonslayer Duathlon on May 8th
With over 100 entries sold, athletes will soon converge on the velopark in Stratford for the 2016 Dragonslayer Duathlon, hosted by East London Triathletes with great support from Truestart.
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Part of the London League Series 2016, the Dragonslayer course has it all, with undulating terrain, fast straights and technical corners. The event is a great test for experienced competitors and a great introduction for beginners. There’s nothing to stop you joining in!!
More information and entries can be found here: http://elt.london/dragonslayer/