TRIATHLON: Season in full swing at home and abroad

Adam Walker, Matthew Glenn, Keith Edwards, Ant Smith and Kate Vanloo at Pitsford
Adam Walker, Matthew Glenn, Keith Edwards, Ant Smith and Kate Vanloo at Pitsford
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Rugby Triathlon Club

The triathlon season is now in full swing and triathletes from the club have been competing throughout the UK and Europe.

Neil Whitford, Bev Masterman and Dean Swindell at the Kimbolton Sprint Tri

Neil Whitford, Bev Masterman and Dean Swindell at the Kimbolton Sprint Tri

Rugby members travelled to Pitsford Reservoir for the club Olympic distance championship. The event, which consists of 1500m swim, 40km bike and a 10km run, promoted by ‘Go Beyond Ultra’ was held on a typical British summers day, rain, wind and under grey clouds, but saw some great competitive racing,

Mathew Glenn was crowned club champion. He also came third overall in the event and won his age group. Keith Edwards, showing age is no barrier to a great performance, took second place and also won his age group. Anthony Smith, in a spell of hard training as he prepares for his Ironman debut took a superb third place. Tony Johnson also won his age group.

In the women’s championship Kate Vanloo took the trophy for first lady, as well as an age group win from Fiona Fisher with Josephine Goodwin rounding out the top three.

Rugby Tri Club members in finish order: 3 Matthew Glenn 2:10:19, 13 Keith Edwards 2:21:18, 14 Anthony Smith 2:21:20, 19 Phil Scott 2:25:41, 21 Greg Ashley 2:26:23, 23 Matthew Miller 2:27:20, 26 Adam Walker 2:28:19, 32 Brian Haycock 2:30:55, 35 Peter Satchwell 2:31:43, 37 Shane Owen 2:32:20, 41 Jack De Bokx 2:33:05, 49 Derek Hoyle 2:35:15, 52 Guy Sanders 2:36:55, 57 Ross Wearing 2:38:39, 64 Tony Johnson 2:41:27, 67 Jamie Docherty 2:42:37, 77 Richard Thompson 2:45:21, 124 Neal Whitford 3:01:25, 125 Kate Vanloo 3:01:30, 130 Alan Richards 3:03:52, 131 Fiona Fisher 3:06:26, 138 Josephine Goodwin 3:10:28, 147 Ian Payne 3:13:30, 150 Beverley Graham-Older 3:14:13, 155 Stephen Brooks 3:18:00, 164 Judith Harper 3:34:35, 165 Barry Hale 3:38:34, 167 Neil Bird 3:42:52, 169 Samantha Watkins 3:48:39.

Sally Baker, Greg Ashley and Amy Sarkies at the Milton Keynes 10k

Sally Baker, Greg Ashley and Amy Sarkies at the Milton Keynes 10k

# Some members ventured even further than Pitsford and made it to Geneva to compete in the European age group championship. The sprint distance consisted of 750m swim, 20km bike and a 5km run. The Olympic distance was a 1500m swim, 40km bike, 10km run.

Mike Smallwood again shone, taking a fine bronze medal in the sprint distance event.

Tamara Hardman had a great race, just missing a podium spot and coming home in fourth place for the Olympic distance event, held in sweltering conditions. Also in the Olympic distance event was Lawrence Webb, who although he has concentrated on long distance running showed he hasn’t lost a touch of speed with a superb top-30 time.

Dean Swindell enjoyed his first race in GB colours and competed in the sprint distance, coming well inside the top 30 in a very competitive field.

# Bev Masterman, showing some fine form, competed in the Kimbolton Sprint Tri. She went three minutes faster than last year, to record a fine second place in her age group for the 400m pool swim, 20km bike 5km run event. Going one place better was Neil Whitford who won his age group.

# Away from triathlon, members have been showing their form at other events. In the Rugby Half Marathon, Amy Sarkies took a great win in 1hr 28mins, with Sally Baker just over a minute behind for second. Elliot Parsons recorded a PB of 1.37.

Other results: Nic Clifton 1.48, Sharon McGowan 1.50, Claire Kelly 1.55, Alice O’Neil 1.57 and Rae Arnold 2.12.

# Naomi Leugs travelled to Eton Dorney, where she competed in the 5km big swim. She recorded a fine 1hr 40mins for the 5km for second place.

# Greg Ashley, Amy Sarkies and Sally Baker travelled to Milton Keynes for the East Midlands Grand Prix 10km event. A tough circuit awaited them on a hot, humid night. Greg recorded a season’s best of 39mins 42 secs, with Sally recording a great 40.28 as well as coming second in her age group, with Amy showing great form to finish in 41.10.