Cheltenham Triathlon Club
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2012 Race Reports

Nikki Weatherley and Mark Lyes

Perhaps one of the most beautiful venues for triathlon in the whole country welcomed 400 competitors last Sunday. The Westonbirt Triathlon, based at the beautiful school of the same name, was held in stunning weather. Cheltenham Triathlon Club was represented by a strong contingent of 21 competitors, with the most successful being Nicki Weatherley who won the female over 40 category in a time of 1:19:34 and Sue Bathgate who won the female over 60 category in 1:22:12.

Top if the men’s pile from Cheltenham was Richard Walklate, who achieved overall 10th position (6th in the male under 40 category) with an impressive time of 1 hour, 8 minutes and 43 seconds for the 400m swim, 25km bike and 5km run event. Jez Preston-Jones also came 6th in his category (17th overall) in a time of 1:11:53. Others to finish in the top 50 were Martin Downward (26th overall, 9th vet: 1:13:41), Doug Waymark (27th overall, 14th M/U40: 1:14:16), Gareth Blackbird (35th overall, 20th MU/40: 1:15:06) and Neil Hutson (49th overall, 25thM/U40: 1:17:37). First female Cheltenham competitor home was Emma Godson, who was 4th woman overall and 4th in her category in a time of 1:19:34., closely followed by Nicki Weatherley and Sue Bathgate.

Name Category Overall Time Category position

Richard Walklate

M/U40

01:08:43

6

Jez Preston-Jones

M/O40

01:11:53

6

Martin Downward

M/O40

01:13:41

9

Douglas Waymark

M/U40

01:14:16

14

Gareth Blackbird

M/U40

01:15:06

20

Neil Hutson

M/U40

01:17:37

25

Matthew Aston

M/U40

01:18:18

27

Emma Godson

F/U40

01:19:18

4

Nikki Weatherley

F/O40

01:19:34

1

Graham Johnston

M/O40

01:19:39

22

Anthony Lloyd

M/O50

01:22:07

10

Sue Bathgate

F/Supervet60

01:22:12

2

Chris Dry

M/O40

01:23:51

43

Lee Hunter

M/U40

01:27:27

64

Neil Dooley

M/O50

01:27:47

22

Mark Lyes

M/O50

01:30:35

24

Colin Watkins

M/Supervet60

01:31:33

4

Cathy Booth

F/Supervet

01:36:19

8

Michelle Rawlinson

F/O40

01:43:31

40

William Jones

M/Supervet60

01:52:01

8

Marilyn Miller

F/supervet60

02:22:59

5

 

Neil Dooley and Neil Hutson

A number of members from the club took part in this event and the resluts can be seen below.

 

Name Gun Time Chip Time Notes
FOD Half Marathon 01/04/2012
James Wilkinson 1:31:36 1:31:22  
Doug Waymark 1:39:35 1:35:36  
Tim Cavanaugh 1:49:10 1:47:54  
Neil Hutson 1:52:02 1:47:33  
Mary Sietsma 1:58:13 1:55:24  
Mark Lyes 1:59:10 1:55:54  
Karen Hilton 2:02:45 1:55:54 45 second delay crossing the road!
Neil Dooley 2:04:15 2:01:42  
Sarah Roberts 2:10:07 2:05:30 45 second delay crossing the road!
Andy Roberts 2:10:07 2:05:30 45 second delay crossing the road!
Abi Hawman 2:10:48 2:08:25  

 

London Marathon Finish

I was lucky enough to win a club place for the marathon at the Christmas do. Having calmed the drunken thought that a quick lap of the racecourse could put me in good stead I set about taking my running from two or three days a week up to six. By keeping lots of the running off road I was fortunate enough to avoid any injuries en route and had a pretty smooth run up to the big day itself. I found the training experience extremely rewarding: following a schedule, measuring progress and seeing the weeks being ticked off led to an increase in confidence much more tangible than when training for three disciplines.

Josh running in the London Marathon

The marathon itself is an incredible experience – the weather was, unexpectedly, glorious, the support throughout is superb and you get to indulge in a full tourist trail of the sights of London. Being in Pen 3 of the Blue Start I crossed the start line after only 35 seconds. The first mile was heavily congested and so was about 30 seconds slow – after that it was possible to run at by target pace. The miles flew by at about 7.15 pace and I was excited to see Lucinda, Simon and Karen at mile 8 – excellent banner! The many twists and turns of Canary Wharf seemed to make things a little harder: at mile 19 Simon received some short shrift when shouting: “You’re almost half way!”

The final three miles were genuinely agonising. Runners all around were pulling up with cramp and I resorted to counting to ten over and over again. My pace slowed by around a minute a mile. Finally I understood Simon! Why the cameramen are prevalent in this area is beyond me – I felt and looked an absolute state. I was delighted to see my supporters five times in total (great work team) and finished the race in 3:12:22. I didn’t rule out another marathon when asked immediately after the race – I guess that means I’ll be back for more punishment sooner rather than later.

On a final note, I am really pleased to have raised £2000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation – thank you very much to all those who helped me achieve this.

Bourton 10k 26/02/12

18 members of Cheltenham Triathlon Club came out of hibernation early on Sunday to record some impressive times at the Bourton 10k.

The benign conditions played into the hands of the summer-loving triathletes and consequently their times were unexpectedly fast.

The fastest Tri club member was Richard Evershed, who came in 20th overall in an extremely impressive 34:55, despite his belief that the course was 150m too long. Just two minutes or so behind RIchard was Simon Clarke who was pleased with his 37:30. Josh Hand (in preparation for the London Marathon) and James Wilkinson both recorded PBs (Wilkinson by a full 20 seconds).

Further down the finishing list Tom Cantle stormed through in 46:33 before dashing off to Newent to play Hockey in the afternoon. Sally Freeman (one of only two female members to take part this year) found Bourton tougher than usual, finishing in 45:35.

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