TRIATHLON: Captain’s award for Rob McGowan

Outgoing Club Captain Keith Edwards (left) with Rod McGowan, Rugby Triathlon Club's 2013 Captain's Award winner.
Outgoing Club Captain Keith Edwards (left) with Rod McGowan, Rugby Triathlon Club's 2013 Captain's Award winner.
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Recognition for year of dedication and qualifying for world championships in Vegas

Rugby Triathlon Club’s most prestigious award - The Captain’s Award - was this year presented to Rod McGowan at the club’s annual awards dinner on Saturday.

On presenting the cup, outgoing Club Captain, Keith Edwards said: “So many members this year have achieved significant personal milestones, six have completed tough Iron Man races, eight the half-ironman distance and more than ever before have raced throughout the country. It has been difficult to choose the athlete of the year, but Rod McGowan fulfilled the judging criteria.

“He has improved massively in the last two years and has moved from being a ‘middle of the pack’ athlete to an extremely competitive one who consistently runs at the front of races. His goal at the start of the year was to qualify for the World Championships in Las Vegas and through real hard work, dedication and commitment fulfilled this ambition. I look forward to seeing what he can achieve in 2014.”

Award winners for 2013 were:

Men’s Sprint Open: 1st Keith Edwards; 2nd Greg Ashley; 3rd Dean Swindell.

Men’s Sprint Handicap: 1st Andy Overend; 2nd Eric Burke; 3rd Garry Haynes.

Men’s Sprint Novice: 1st Dean Swindell; 2nd Chris Longman; 3rd Jamie Taylor.

Ladies Sprint Open: 1st Christa Morris; 2nd Kirstie Nichols; 3rd Josie Goodwin.

Ladies Sprint Handicap: 1st Bev Masterman; 2nd Kate Vanloo; 3rd Naomi Leugs.

Ladies Sprint Novice: 1st Bev Older.

Men’s Olympic Open: 1st Derek Hoyle; 2nd Craig Pattison; 3rd Andy Overend.

Men’s Olympic Handicap: 1st James Causer; 2nd Chris Longman.

Men’s Olympic Novice: 1st Derek Hoyle; 2nd Craig Pattison; 3rd Chris Longman.

Ladies Olympic Open: 1st Josie Goodwin.

Ladies Olympic Handicap: 1st Josie Goodwin.

Men’s Middle Open: 1st Keith Edwards; 2nd Garry Haynes.

Men’s Middle Handicap: 1st Keith Edwards; 2nd Garry Haynes.

Ladies Middle Open: 1st Kate Vanloo.

Ladies Middle Handicap: 1st Kate Vanloo.

Ladies Middle Novice: 1st Kate Vanloo.

Men’s Long Distance: 1st Keith Edwards; 2nd Stuart Hopkins; 3rd Phil Scott.

Women’s Long Distance: 1st Jane Hurt.

Medal awards are made to those club members who take part in their first Ironman races. This is in recognition of the time and effort required to compete in this long distance race. This year medals were awarded to: Jane Hurt, Stuart Hopkins, Tim Bateman, Paul Collins, Derek Birch and Rob Riddell.

Rugby Triathlon Club currently organises and promotes one triathlon race a year. Taking place in Daventry, the race is suitable for novices and experienced competitors alike. More information about the Daventry Triathlon and the club’s adult and junior sections can be found at www.rugbytriathlon.org.uk