The Frosty Aquathlon is a great swim/run race organised by Tuff Fitty and is open to everyone.
The event is a very successful annual competition where the conclusion of the 2018 event completed the 23rd staging of the event. The Frosty is traditionally held on the first Sunday in March each year and as the name implies we have seen frost and also snow as well as fine sunny weather. Many competitors view this as a curtain raiser to their new season and with it the chance to see how successful their winter training has been. The Frosty covers two Aquathlon races:
The Frostbite:400m Pool swim and 5k run or
The Frosty:800m Pool swim and 10k run
The swim takes place in Littlehampton Swimming Pool (Littlehampton. West Sussex - postcode BN16 2NA) which is a 25m Pool. The run takes in a circuit around the local boating lake and then out onto the seafront promenade. Subject to weather conditions the course is flat and can produce some fast times. It is worth mentioning that Transition is indoors along the side of the swimming pool, so if weather conditions are inclement competitors can pull on their running shoes indoors before departing for the run. Competitors receive a memento for completing the course, plus prizes for the following:- 1st Male and 1st Female senior competitor and 1st Male and 1st Female Junior competitor. Entries are available on-line for both races with an entry fee of £TBA for BTF members or £TBA for non-members. The first wave of the Frosty will be off at 6.30 am prompt.
See the write up in the May/June 2017 edition of Triathlon Plus, describing the Frosty as one of the best places to test yourself:
The longer Frosty Race, also has a team event. This comprises four competitors, at least one of which must be a Female. Each competitor can enter individually, and they race as such, but by entering a Team name these four nominated competitors will see their individual result combine to produce one overall time. The team with the quickest time will be declared the winning team. The team event has become hotly contested over the years in it's own right. Horsham Amphibians had a great record but Brighton Phoenix took over and retained the team title on multiple ocassions. Tuff Fitty snatched some wins more recently and are the 2016 champions. The prizes awarded in the Frosty are:- 1st, 2nd and 3rd Male. 1st, 2nd and 3rd Female. 1st Veteran Male and Female (over 40) and 1st Super Vet Male and Female (Over 50), plus the team prize. Competitors in this race also receive the memento for finishing.
4th March 2018 Frosty Aquathlon Race Report
With the “Beast from the East” bringing snow and travel chaos around the country, the organising committee, and no doubt all the competitors, were anxiously looking at conditions leading up to the weekend. The forecast scheduled the heavy snow Friday lunchtime, but everyone was hoping the warmer temperature forecast for Saturday was correct.
The committee were up early Saturday and the thaw was well underway leaving the promenade dry and no sign of snow anywhere – Race on. There was a chance rain might have swept in, but even that stayed away and the sun made an appearance turning the previous weeks artic temperatures into almost tropical feeling 7 degrees.
The longer Frosty was first off, and one of the features of the event is that swimmers are set off in waves. This means that the faster runners can see those who exited with a quicker swim and leads to a competitive race. Sam Wade from Team Pedalcover raced last year and had smashed the 8 year old course record. He was racing again and immediately got into his rhythm in the pool. However he was closely followed by Drew Gowland from Tuff Fitty Tri, who got past in the latter stages of the swim. Sam sped through transition (which is indoors in case of inclement weather) and exited the pool in just 10:53. As this time includes transition – a scorching performance. Drew followed in 11:00. The run route takes in a lap of Mewsbrook Park around the boating lake before running out along the seafront promenade. This year Sam improved his 10k run split to cross the line in a total 43:11 which shaved a further 48 seconds off his own course record. Jacob Cann (Horsham Amphibians) also raced last year and this year shaved over 4 minutes off his time to cross second position overall, Southampton University’s Nino Guillermo was third to finish
The Ladies race saw Bethan Male from Brighton Tri Club returning the quickest female swim split exiting the building after transition in 12:52. From there Bethan pushed home her advantage with the only female sub 40 minute 10k time. This achievement saw her cross the line in 51:35, 6.5 minutes ahead of Bobby Searle from Brighton Phoenix. Lowenna Hawkay from Southampton Uni was third.
Michelle Peckham collected the trophy for first female veteran and her clubmate from Horsham Amphibians – Julie Gallagher, won the female supervet prize. The first Male supervet was Matt Ryley – Horsham Amphibians who finished ahead of the first male vet – Brighton Tri Club’s Andrew Babbayan.
The Frostbite race comprises a 400m swim and then once along the promenade. From the start this shaped up to be a very competitive race with two junior athletes – Ethan Fincham and Toby Nisbet exiting the pool in 5:35 and 5:55 respectively. Both are members of Team Synergy and they sped off across the 5k run course. Andrew Robinson was meanwhile running well recording the fastest run split of just 16:56. He could not quite catch Ethan, who won the event in a time of 22:55. Andrew finished in 23:27 just ahead of Toby in 23:32. What was particularly special in Ethan’s race was that the Frostbite course record had stood for 14 years. Ethan’s time was one second quicker – a new course record. Ethan also won the Junior title – he clearly has a bright future ahead.
Naomi Fonteyn ensured a Brighton Tri Club double in winning the ladies title as Bethan had in the Frosty crossing in 7th position overall. Sally McGrandle of Southampton Uni was second lady and Lucy May from Stubbington Green Runners was third.
Jon Binney was the first male vet representing Tri Tempo Eastbourne with Pete Wallis from Team Raw Energy Pursuits first supervet. Amanda de Ridder from host club Tuff Fitty won the female veteran prize and Julia Hopes the female super vet prize.
The team prize was another hotly contested affair where a club combines their four fastest times, which must include at least one female. Brighton Tri Club who had their team all home in the top ten, finished with a combined time of 3:26:28 just over 6 minutes ahead of Horsham Amphibians who were the reigning team champions