Novice Swim Training

Are you training for a triathlon this summer? Are you a novice swimmer and need to work on your swimming technique thereby improving your confidence in the water?

Every Thursday ELT will be running a novice swim session at 8pm at the College Pool in Walthamstow.

Source: British Triathlon

The session will be led by a British Triathlon Level 3 coach in which you will do a range of drills and a little bit of swimming with no planned target speed or distance.

You can relax in the knowledge that you can go at your own pace as you build confidence and ability.

If you wish to find out more, please get in contact!

ELT Chairman

ELT Winter Warmer Duathlon

Once again ELT hosted another fantastic event at the Lee Valley Velo park, this time the Winter Warmer Duathlon. We had over 65 competitors brave the fierce winds and the icy cold weather to complete a 2 lap run, 10 lap bike, and a final 1 lap run course.

Under the superb leadership of Peter Dyer the ELT Volunteers were highly organised and extremely efficient setting up the course. It was good to see a mixture of first time and experienced volunteers turn up to make sure all the competitors had a good event.
With a constant headwind on the back straight, each lap took its toll on our competitors requiring them to dig deep and get as aerodynamic as possible to avoid being overly punished by the conditions.

A big congratulations to all of our podium finishers, the full results will be found on the veloduathlon park soon.

Thank you to both participants and volunteers that turned up on the day, see you all in May for the Dragonslayer!

The Highwaymen’s Hoard

Last weekend ELT ran it’s very own Orienteering Fitness challenge dubbed the ‘Highwaymen’s Hoard’. We had a great turnout from competitors, helpers and our supporters. It was nice to see lots of new faces too!

We met at High Beech tea hut and tested our knowledge of the forest and map reading skills in search of locations specified by grid references. We participated either on our own or in teams and both on bike or by foot. The choice, along with the route, was ours.

In the end, experience of the forest showed as our winners David Longstaff and Isabelle Schelcher trailed away managing to find 9/10 locations within the time limit. James Swift and Ali Wardle paired up and also found 9/10 locations but couldn’t keep track of time and narrowly lost out through time penalties. It was a tie in third between Pete and Sam Bitten, Angela Rouse and Janet Bywater and Alex Ward. Well done to everyone who competed.

For those of you who missed out or are more fair weather athletes, we plan to try another in the summer!


ELT Vice Chair

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.