Cheltenham Triathlon Club
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2010 Race Reports

Cirencester Duathlon

The "right sort of mud" compared to last year contributed to some fast times by those racing on Sunday - this year the course had a slippery surface but the mud was less deep and glutinous.

In the glorious setting of Cirencester Park the off-road Duathlons consist of a 2 mile cross country run (all off road) followed by a 10 mile MTB bike (all off-road) and finishes with a second 2 mile cross country run (or 1-5-1 in the shorter single lap event). The bike ride is two laps on undulating, wooded trails with a grass section beside the Polo pitches. An unusual feature of this event is the top class loos in the middle of nowhere, with wallpaper and hot running water (as used by the Polo players and royalty allegedly).

The title for best fall of the day was retained for the 2nd year running by the Carroll family, with Dawn this year the wettest finisher after falling into the deepest puddle on the course.

First man home for the Club was Gwyn Williams nearly 10 minutes quicker than last year, and first lady was Sue Bathgate, also winning the 50+ ladies trophy by just 16 seconds.

 

 

Short Race

Name Position Category Run 1 T1 Bike T2 Run 2 Overall
Dawn Carroll 55 FVet 40+ 10:48 01:35 36:40 01:02 10:33 1:00:38
Helen Yarnold 68 FVet 40+ 16:17 01:20 00:37 01:13 17:41 1:37:08

 

Long Race

Name Position Category Run 1 T1 Bike T2 Run 2 Overall
Gwyn Williams 35 MVet 40+ 16:26 00:44 42:25 00:33 17:17 1:17:27
David Symes 46 MVet 40+ 16:56 00:44 43:59 00:37 16:38 1:18:53
Mike Saunders 55 MVet 40+ 16:19 01:13 43:14 02:12 16:41 1:19:40
Gerry Carroll 69 MVet 40+ 15:09 01:40 47:40 01:15 15:43 1:21:27
Tim Besien 90 M17-39 16:53 01:28 47:15 01:24 17:30 1:24:30
Anthony Lloyd 95 MVet 50+ 16:56 01:04 48:23 01:04 17:54 1:25:20
Phillip Powell 108 MVet 40+ 18:01 00:54 47:49 00:48 19:52 1:27:25
Sue Bathgate 173 FVet 50+ 20:02 01:53 56:00 01:40 18:54 1:38:28
Stephen Yarnold 174 MVet 50+ 18:32 01:05 59:13 00:46 18:52 1:38:28
Neil Dooley 195 MVet 40+ 21:30 00:54 58:33 00:45 21:36 1:43:19
Colin Watkins 204 MVet 50+ 22:34 01:306 57:45 01:24 22:53 1:46:06

 

Ben running

A number of our club members could not resist a couple of end of season challenges in the shape of the Devil's Aquathlon and the Cricklade Half Marathon. There were a number of very creditable performances and a team win.

 

Devil's Aquathlon:
Lucinda Neeves 1:30:01(3rd female) Karen Hilton 1:41:31 Lesley oliver 1:50:54 Mary Welsh 2:12:19

Paul Wakefield 1:24:13(4th male) Tony Lloyd 1:28:04(6th male) Ben Axeford 1:30:01 Adrian Lockstone 1:32:49 Kevin Ord 1:33:41 Richard Mann 1:35:37 Martin Downward 1:36:37 Mikki Storry 1:46:24 Cameron Pay 2:08:05

Karen, Lucinda & Paul won the team event with 4:35:18

Cricklade half marathon:
Josh Hands 1:31:57 Garath Blackbird 1:42:22 Sally Freeman 1:43:11

Mary at the World Championships

Mary Welsh of Cheltenham Triathlon Club competed in the Dextrose Energy World Triathlon Championships, held in Budapest, Hungary from 8-13th September. Thousands of top-class athletes congregated in this famous World Heritage Site city for the final of the ITU 2010 Championship Series where the races took place on the banks the great Danube river.

The swim section was located in an inlet of the river which formed a small, sheltered lake. Following on from transition the cycle course followed the Buda side of the river, a flat route with tight turns at each end. The run was a point-to-point along river's edge of the Buda side of the river, crossing the famous Chain Bridge which was the original crossing between Buda and Pest and which had to be reconstructed after its destruction in WW2, to finish in Roosevelt Square. A fleet of local ferries transported the athletes back to the start area.

The weather was unseasonably wet with a heavy downpour all night and day making conditions on Friday extremely difficult for racking the bikes and the transition area became completely waterlogged.

Mary competed in the Sprint event which took place on Saturday morning and fortunately the rain halted for this particular time slot. She was fourth in her age group (65-69) in a time of 1hour 40 minutes. Photos and videos can be seen on www.marathon-photos.com.

Thanks to everyone in Cheltenham Triathlon Club for all their support, encouragement and training in the run-up to the Championships. Special thanks go to Jane Wild who helped with travel arrangements, who endured the continual downpour to cheer everyone on and who was there with the champagne at the end!

One of the Clubs most recent new members, Mary Sietsma competed in the standard distance in an overall time of 2hr 23min 22sec (1500 swim, 40km bike 10 km run) and finished in 27th place out of 51 competitors in the 45 to 49 age group.

Mary who moved this year to work in Cheltenham from Canberra, Australia, was representing her home country.

Just 19 weeks after giving birth to her first child, Cheltenham Triathlon Club member Katie Blackbird completed the gruelling Vitruvian Triathlon at Rutland Water on Sunday.

Raising over £1000 for Acorn's Childrens' Hospice along the way, Katie completed the 1.9km open water swim, 84km bike ride and half marathon in only 6 hours and 20 minutes, 10 minutes faster than she dared expect.

"It was an amazing day" said Katie, even though the swim was so foggy you couldn't really see where you were going, and we were told to "just head for the sun!".

Four other members of the club competed alongside Katie. Paul Wakefield just missed his target of five hours, completing the course in 5:02:41. Steve Yarnold was very pleased with his time of 5:20:45, as was Kevin Ord with 5:33:43. Clive Duffy completed the course in 5:43:31.

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