TRIATHLON: Busy time for Rugby Tri Club

Adrian Sarkies in Barcelona
Adrian Sarkies in Barcelona

Sarkies outstanding in Barcelona Ironman

It’s been a busy period of long distance racing for the members of Rugby Triathlon club.

Greg Ashley

Greg Ashley

The outstanding performance came from Adrian Sarkies competing in Ironman Barcelona, having crashed out at Ironman Bolton.

He was determined to finish Barcelona in style and had a storming race finishing his debut ironman in 10 hours 48 minutes a stunning time for the 2.8-mile swim, 112-mile bike and full 26.2- milemarathon,

Greg Ashley travelled to Exmoor to compete in The Beast – a two-mile swim, 60-mile bike and 12-mile off-road run – billed as the hardest race in the country.

Greg had a great race taking 12th overall and third Vet in a time of 6 hours 52 minutes.

Alison Rose Quirie

Alison Rose Quirie

Shane Owen visited the New Forest to race the New Forest Middle.

Over a a 1.9-mile swim, 56-mile bike and 13.8-mile run, Neil stormed to a new distance personal best of five hours 45 minutes for this tough end of season race.

Roy Broomhead raced the Bosworth Autumn Sprint Tri and had a great race coming in 18th overall and eighth in his age group for this cold, end-of-season race.

The 750m swim is always cold and this year was no different although the 13-mile bike and 5km swim soon warms you up.

Garry Haynes, Kelly Dugmosh and Rachael Rathbone

Garry Haynes, Kelly Dugmosh and Rachael Rathbone

Neil Whitford raced the Buckingham Pool Sprint Tri in 1:10 over a 400m swim, 20km bike and 5km run.

He took 19th overall and fourth in his age group – a fine way to end his season.

Bev Graham Older, Josie Goodwin and Claire James teamed up to do the relay at the Buckingham Tri.

Claire did the swim in 9:55 secs, Bev completed the bike in 40:40 and Josie the run in 25:36 to take third overall in the relay event.

Alison Rose Quirie travelled to Lanzarote to compete in the 70.3 Half Ironman event, one of the hardest on the circuit.

Alison conquered the tough course to secure a stunning age group win in a fine 6:16 for the 1.9-mile swim, 56-mile bike and 13-mile run, a superb result on a tough course.

Brian Haycock was also in Lanzarote to compete in the world-famous La Graciosa Swim.

It is a 2.6km sea swim from the island of La Graciosa to Lanzarote, a hard choppy swim greeted the swimmers but Brian mastered the conditions to record a fine 39 minutes47 seconds for fourth in his age group.

In long distance swimming events, Rachael Rathbone, Kelly Dagmosh and Garry Haynes went to the Birmingham Night Swim races.

The team excelled with Kelly taking third overall, Rachael fifth and Garry sixth.

In running events, Sally Baker showed great form to win the Blenheim Half marathon in a time of 1:28.

Rae Arnold, Bev Masterman, Tamara Hardman, Stephanie Seeley, Julie Davies and Dean Swindell raced the Run for Rotary at Draycote Water and some great times were recorded.

Tamara was top finisher taking sixth overall in 40:21, Dean was eighth in 42:23 with Julie (45:16), Stephanie (50:19), Rae (53:37) and Bev (54:33) following them home.

Greg Ashley raced the JW Ultra, a 31-mile race from Stratford to Bournville along the canal.

He recorded a time of 4:52 for a top-20 place.

Jack DeBokx competed in the Bournemouth Marathon.

It was a tough day but he still recorded a fine three hours 27 minutes for fifth in his age group.