Cheltenham Triathlon Club
For experienced and aspiring triathletes
Liz runs into transition

It was a lovely day for a Triathlon and what better way to start than with a precarious climb into mud followed by a swim along the River Severn? The Upton triathlon is always a well-run event and this year was no exception. Starting at lunchtime rather than a groggy early morning - what to eat is a major concern for some - too late for just porridge and too early for lunch. As usual there was a good representative of Cheltenham Triathlon Club members with 4 doing the sprint distance and 22 the standard/Olympic distance.

With good weather conditions, some fast times were achieved, Simon Clarke came out second fastest in the swim and 10th overall in the MSEN category but he was still almost two minutes behind CTC member Richard Walklate who finished seventh in the MSEN category in an impressive 2hr 16min. Douglas Waymark sixth overall on the bike and 18th also in the MSEN category.

Sally Freeman was the first female home and seventh overall in 2hrs 32min with Sue Bathgate being the fastest CTC lady in the FV40 category being sixth in a time of 2hrs 43min.

In the sprint event Jeff Knap was fourth overall in 1hr 12 min while in the ladies event Ann Simmons was sixth in FV40 category in 1hr 38min.
 

The whole event even inspired Josh to commit the experience to verse:

Last Saturday's tri at Upton was a fun affair,
With the usual mixture of blood, sweat and tight lycra-wear.
An Olympic-distance debut Elizabeth Haigh did make,
Justifiably enjoying that evening some much needed cake.
In the fast but murky River Severn waters there were super-fast times from Blackbird and Clarke,
Joining Alfie at the finish line was Bri with his dogs that had so much bark.
The weather was kind without the relenting sun of last year,
The dodgy flowings of the Severn have left my guts with much to fear.
Walklate was the quickest with a fast bike and speedy run,
But all who competed had a great deal of fun.
Terribly sorry for this awful rhyme,
Now school has abroken I've got to fill my time.

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