Ode To RCC

Welll… two 25mile TTs under my belt since last post,
last weekend : Farnham course – 1.09.38
this weekend : Horsham course – 1.13.forgotthesecons

Oddly – I felt like I pushed a whole lot harder today than last weekend.
However – the time difference could be down to:
-being tired from three event weekends in a row
-it being a more undulating course
-it being a windy day
The latter two I expect made a big difference. On the plus side, I did a 25 on the Horsham course April 10, and I think my time was something like 1.16 or 1.15. Irritatingly I didn’t write it down, should probably start doing that. Regardless – despite wind today I was still faster than last time, so that’s good.


I’ve been beavering away recently working on two page features for Surrey Mirror Sport and two features for Triathlete’s World. (during the weekend – newsdesk and shorthand own/rule the week!)

I got a lot of satisfaction out of writing the Mirror features – mainly because not only do they (hopefully) make the interview-ees happy, they also offer great publicity for the club.

As a comparative newbie, I feel I have done a lot of taking and not so much giving as part of the Redhill Club Family.

I’ve moved to a brand now town, and found myself housed and befriended. When I need a quote for an article I’m writing, I’ve got over 300 people to choose from – all with their myriad professions, talents, opinions.

Speaking to chairman Adrian recently, in the lovely Urban Kitchen in Reigate (home no#2, I kid you not), it dawned on me quite what an asset our club is to each and every one of its members should they choose to utilize it – and also, quite how much work it takes to fuel it, tend to it, and keep it alive. It’s a bit humbling really.

It feels great to be a part of a community such as ours, and I enjoyed writing about the club and it’s heroes (heroes is a bit strong – but it sounds good in the sentence so I’m not changing it), because I felt I was using my own talents to add my own contribution.

And – of course – it goes without saying that there are clubs who support, advise and encourage new athletes across the country. I came from Brighton Phoenix and my brand new passion for sport came into its own while I was there. I might not have maintained that without help from its members.

So whoever you are, wherever you are: Ask not what your club can do for you, but what you can do for your club.

(PS Interestingly, by the way – my last article was all about the (almost) brand, spanking new Redhill Triathlon Club – watch this space my friends.)

Published by michellearthurs

I'm an NCTJ Journalist and work at Cycling Weekly. Previous to this, I was the Editor at Total Women's Cycling. I've also dabbled in marketing and copywriting - having been Marketing Coordinator and Social Media/Content Editor at Evans Cycles. My first job was working on a local newspaper.  I've written for a variety of titles on a freelance basis, too. I got into cycling when I entered my first triathlon in 2010. I now race crits, road races, time trials, and do a lot of track training for not very much track racing.

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