Olympic race victories for Sam and Mike

Mike Smallwood and Sam Anderson
Mike Smallwood and Sam Anderson

Olympic distance races dominated Rugby Triathlon Club’s competition schedule at the weekend, producing significant wins for both Mike Smallwood and Sam Anderson.

Mike successfully defended his British Olympic title in the 65-69 age group at the British Championships at Ellesmere, Shropshire. He beat his nearest rival by almost seven minutes and finished the 1500m swim, 40km cycle and 10km run in 2-18:24. Mike currently holds the British Sprint and Olympic, World Sprint and European Sprint titles.

Fellow competitor and Club Captain Keith Edwards managed to knock two minutes off his 2007 time. Despite heavy rain making the cycle route extremely difficult and a fall from his bike right near the end, he finished 11th in his age group (50-54) in a time of 2:11:57.

Meanwhile at Grendon, Northamptonshire, Sam Anderson won the ladies overall in this Olympic distance race in a time of 2-21:17. Her first Olympic overall win. The Grendon race forms part of the Club Championships so many club members entered.

The results were:

Sam Anderson 2:21:17 1st overall, 1st in age group (25-29);

Stuart Hopkins 2:11:00 3rd in age group (35-39);

Matt Uzzell 2:25:56 11th in age group (40-44);

Tony Johnson 2:29:23 1st in age group (60-64);

Paul Askquith-Ellis 2:33:50 14th in age group (30-34);

Derek Birch 2:38:55 20th in age group (40-44);

John Austin 2:41:07 18th in age group (45-49);

Jane Needham 2:42:26 2nd in age group (40-44);

Josie Goodwin 2:59:46 2nd in age group (45-49);

Victoria Nicols 3:01:47 3rd in age group (25-29).

n Llandudno, Wales, saw loan member Lawrence Webb try his hand at an Olympic sea triathlon. He finished 4th in his age group (40-44) in a time of 2:42:00.

n Lastly, Claire James in an open water pool sprint race at Banbury came 4th in her age group with a time of 1:28:37 in spite of battling high winds and hail.

n If you are interested in taking part in triathlon more information concerning the club’s adult and junior sections can be found at www.rugbytriathlon.org.uk.