2010 Race Reports
Closer to home 19 members of the club took part in the local Cotswold Triathlon held at the Keynes Country Park near Cirencester.
This sprint event, whilst being less challenging than the Vitruvian, still packs a punch with its 750m Open Water Swim, 20km bike and 5km run.
Three members of CTC won their age groups. Richard Walklate won the 25-30 Male age group in a time of 1:07:54, Sally Freeman won the 30-35 female age group in 1:11:05 and Sue Bathgate won the 60-64 female age group in 1:16:07.
The fastest member of the club was Jason Humm who completed the course in 1 hour 3 minutes and 15 seconds, coming an impressive 15th overall (3rd in the male 35-39 age group) and beating his closest club rival by 3mins 35secs. Andy Monaghan was next home in 1:07:50 (7th M30-34) and Denis Betts was close behind in a time of 1:08:51.
Other club members who competed were Anthony Lloyd (5th M55-59, 1:09:59), Douglas Waymark (19th M35-39, 1:11:20), Gerry Carroll (9th M45-49, 1:11:27), Graham Johnston (12th M45-49, 1:11:55), Mikki Storey (19th M45-49, 1:13:13), Dale Midwinter (20th M45-49, 1:14:42), Guy Douglass (22nd M45-49, 1:15:21), Ellie Millington (6th F45-49, 1:16:38), Roger Lipscombe (28th M45-49, 1:17:41), Julian Bullas (42nd M40-44, 1:19:40), Cam Pay (55th M40-44, 1:25:31), Jose Huxford (20th F30-34, 1:31:36), Helen Yarnold (10th F50-54, 1:51:43).
An impressive turnout of club members for the Hardwick Sprint Triathlon, with 26 competitors in the field of 171 enjoying the (un?)seasonably pleasant weather conditions.
This event in the club competition series produced some close, competitive racing, as well as a bit of everything else that contributes to the pleasure of being a member of Cheltenham Triathlon Club.
The club cheering section (Karen) was in fine voice, as usual; Colin raced in the ladies wave as Sue (only on weekends and only in rubber and lycra, I'm reliably informed) were he claimed to have been 'roughed up' in the swim and Alan was on time (yes, really!) and looking remarkably unflustered, until he realised that he had forgotten his wetsuit (a plea was issued over the PA for a mens medium wetsuit and incredibly someone had a spare for Alan to borrow).
After all that pre-race action, normal service was resumed at race time with Olly posting the fastest club time and bagging ten points for the Mens Under-40 competition. A mere ten seconds back Paul W gathered the same for the Mens Over-40 comp. Maximum points also went to Anthony (Mens over-50), Elizabeth (Womens Under-40) and Cathy (Womens over-40).
Perfect dry conditions in Pittville Park made for some fast times in the Cheltenham Triathlon Club Supersprint Triathlon on Saturday.
179 competitors swam 400m in the leisure@cheltenham pool before cycling 4 laps around the park and running one lap around the same course. In addition, for the first time, 5 girls competed in the junior girls' race which was 300m, 3 laps and one lap.
In the main race the winner for the second year in a row was Roddy Gosden, who improved his total time for the course by nearly 6 minutes, completing the race in 33:30 and also winning the 40+ age group. Second was Martin Cook, 40 seconds behind in 34:00 and winner of the Senior men title.
Ade Clift was third in 34:43, another competitor who posted a massive improvement over last year (when he came 9th in 43:40).
The first woman home was Helen Russell (4th overall) in a time of 35:10, with Anna McCorquodale 2nd (35:43) and Emma Hornby 3rd (36:56).
In the junior event Rosanna Lloyd won the day in 30:24, including an extremely impressive swim time of 04:49 for her 300m. Alice Conquest (31:22), Megan Teague (31:45), Rebecca Hewlett (32:14) and Abbey Smith (33:29) (all from Ribston Hall School in Gloucester) made up the rest of the junior contingent.
For the second year running the Gloucester Police (Glospol Plodders), ably led home by Roddy Gosden, won the team event.
Full results can be found
Fun, fun, fun? Pain, pain, pain? Yes, yes, yes! How I sniggered when first told the distances in total - 200m swim, 4.6km bike, 1km run (times three - each mini-race in a different order). I have now been put firmly in my place! The Cardiff Triples is a tough event that requires a lot of power, teamwork and concentration. An ability to laugh at yourself when you realise your neighbouring competitor is keeping up whilst doing backstroke is essential.
I arrived at 8am for my 3.30pm race (a bit keen I know), and so got the chance to watch the fabulously named Cheltenham Tri Ladies Who Love Cake (Karen, Lucinda, Sally and Sarah). The team worked particularly well together on the swim and run, and Karen looked especially fetching whilst wearing a swim cap under her bike helmet! The team did well to finish as third ladies and an impressive fourteenth overall.
In the next wave a civil war of the triathlon world started as both Variants of Speed (Gail, Mary, James and Cathy) and Not the Velodrome Victors (Torie, Graham, Navah and Mark) fought it out. By this time the heat was rising and both teams did superbly - Variants of Speed claimed the bragging rights by two places.
A blessed break in racing enabled some tactics to be discussed as Col and the Gang (the gang members being Guy, Dan and Phil) readied themselves. In fact I'm sure Col could be heard in the group huddle to whisper: "We were born ready!" A mightily impressive final mini-race saw the team climb above the aptly named Norfolk 'n' Chance.
The final Cheltenham side to grace Geraint Thomas' hallowed tarmac were Ride It Like You Stole It (Simon, Gareth, Jez and Josh). The team drafted well on the bike (this was the key to a faster bike leg) and managed to latch on to a few teams. Simon abruptly ended my keenness to jump on the back wheel of the Tewkesbury Ringers with a sensible shout of: "NO!" We managed tactical run legs that meant we played to all our strengths - that was until the Preston-Jones/Hand master plan of leaving a final sprint until the last minute in order to fool the orange team. It transpired that the author had nothing left to give!
The Cardiff Triples are a truly fun event: riding in groups on the track is hilarious and you really do feel like a Chris Hoy or Torie Pendleton, spectating is great as you can see all the racing within about 100 metres of where you stand and the marshals were very adept at supporting, informing and generally picking up flying goggles and bibs. Well done to all teams!