MAD Tri is our end of season social with a twist.  We're triathletes, so why not get one last swim, bike and run in before the end of the season... just with rather more of a social edge than usual?

The exact format varies from year to year but it normally runs something like this.  Meet up on a Saturday some time in September by a lake,   Have an semi-competitive open water swim, the most competitve the day the day gets.  Then cycle somewhere (maybe in a loop, maybe point to point).  Then pub.  Then have a social run to a pub.  Then home, via... you get the idea.  And maybe other opportunities to drink along the way.  Every part of it is optional and not many do the whole thing, but the idea is that it's a relaxed event and a lot of fun.

Have a look at the tri homepage in late summer for details of the 2015 event!

Athletes at large in 2015

On the swim in 2014

Here's a report on the 2014 MAD Tri (taken from the May 2015 Gazette):

MAD Tri was an idea that Gary has had for some time.  Why not take advantage of our training venues at Southwater and the Coulsdon clubhouse by using them as the focal points for a social triathlon that would round off the triathlon season in a nice relaxed manner? 

Why not indeed.  And so, on the morning of 27 September, eight of us gathered on the pontoon at Southwater for the start of the inaugural South London Harriers MAD (Multisport and Drinking) triathlon. 

First was a 1000m swim.  This doubled as the club open water championships – something that didn’t fit perfectly with the social ethos of the event but, well, it was 27 September and we hadn’t got around to it yet.  It got a few extra people down anyway!  And actually even though it was later in the year than ever before for this event, the water was warmer than it had been for the 2013 championship.  Either way, it produced the same champions as the year before.

The plan was that we would then interrupt the multisport and move onto the drinking part of the event with a beer on the pontoon.  But discretion was the better part of valour for us this year as it was 10am and a cycle up the A24 awaited.  Everyone’s kit went into the boot of Caroline’s car as she took it up to Coulsdon and from there it was onto the road ride. 

As often happens for us, we had a clash between our commitment to the tri club and our commitment to the running club, because the event date clashed with the unusually early mob match against Orion.  And duty called.  So that depleted numbers and Caroline had a number of passengers in her car. 

We left the clubhouse for the mob match at 2pm and it was a surprise that the cyclists hadn’t arrived by then, seeing as they were only cycling from Horsham.  It was a bigger surprise when, Orion defeated, we returned to HQ to find Gary, Jamie, Ross and Steve setting out for a run.  It sounded as though the usual café stop had been replaced along the way with something a bit stronger…

The run took the hardy band of MADtriers, which much like a 60s rock group only contained one original member by this stage (Gary was the only one to do the whole thing from start to finish) to the Ramblers Rest near Chipstead and back.  About a five mile run plus the pub stop.

It was four hours before we saw them again.  Who says triathletes can’t socialise! 

Chances are we’ll try this again at the end of the season.  But can anyone apart from Gary complete the whole thing this time?