Farewell lovely Lorraine

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Farewell Lovely Lorraine

Club member Lorraine Keelan passed away on 4th January this year following her last stand against cancer. Lorraine had faced cancer three times in the last few years with amazing fortitude and strength. A number of club members, who had swum with Lorraine at the Big All Out Swim in Cheltenham in October, raising nearly £3000 for Macmillan, attended her funeral on 23 January in Chiswick.

A beautiful service was lead be Reverend Canon Dr Mark Clavier, a personal friend of Lorraine’s, and yes, she had planned everything. Typical of Lorraine! On more than one occasion, her triathlon and sporting achievements were mentioned and the belief that Lorraine’s involvement with AVTC gave her extra strength through some very difficult and challenging times.

We have lost a truly wonderful person, but to be sure that her spirit and courage will live on in our hearts and memories.

We are planning a special AVTC run event later in the year to raise money for Macmillan and we hope that every member of the club will come and race at the event.

Bring a friend for free Got a friend who just needs a little nudge to come along to training? Heard someone talking about entering a triathlon but you know they could do with some training buddies? Bring them along to any of our sessions to try. We're more than happy for people to come along and try a couple of sessions before they decide to join, so forward this email onto them and let's encourage more people into the world of triathlon:)

Strava Club

Did you know we have a club group on Strava? By joining the group, you enter the leaderboard as to who is completed what hours of training that week - don't worry, your privacy settings will determine what everyone can see, but the Strava group totals are uploaded to our website so people can see how much we are all training. Check it out! But don't be fooled though, the person with the most training hours doesn't necessarily equate to the person who wins everything...!

This week's training

Monday - 7pm - Run Social - Tilsley Park

Please meet at reception

Whilst this is not a coached session, it will help develop your running endurance - we take a 10km (ish) route around Abingdon (shorter routes are available, 5km and 7km) and run in ability groups. No-one will be left behind and there is ALWAYS someone to run with. A great way to keep your running up AND have a mini social at the same time. Win Win!

Tuesday - 7:45pm - Indoor spin - Park Club Gym, Milton Park, OX14 4RS Meet in reception 5 minutes before

Coach: Andy Always a fun session using indoor spin bikes. Based to music, this popular class is a great way to improve your cycling fitness without having to go out in the wet and cold. The class is as hard as you want to make it as the bikes have adjustable resistance that you can set to your own required effort level. Bring a drink and a towel. The pedals on the bike are suitable for trainers or compatible with Shimano SPD cleats (mountain bike cleats).

Thursday - Pool Swim -6:50-8:00pm and 7:50-9:00pm - White Horse Leisure Centre, Abingdon

Coaches: Sorrel & Wendy / George & Matt

£3 payable to coaching staff on poolside, do not pay at reception. Please come along to either the session at 7pm or 8pm, whichever suits you better for a structured swim session that will improve your fitness and technique. If you have them bring along your fins, hand paddles etc. and a drink. Also t-shirt and shorts for dry warm up by the side of the pool.

> See full training schedule on the AVTC website

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