TRIATHLON: Two Great Britain call-ups in busy time for Rugby Tri Club

Adrian Sarkies at the Manchester marathon
Adrian Sarkies at the Manchester marathon

Belfield second in Warwick half marathon

Its been a busy period of racing for the members of Rugby Triathlon club. Top of the pile was Adrian Sarkies, who travelled to Manchester for the marathon, recording a stunning time of 2hrs 59mins, a stunning PB by nearly 17 minutes. Hywel Davies recorded a superb 2-33, a great run which bodes well for his main aim of the London Marathon. Mark Slater also ran and was quicker than last year which he was pleased with.

Shane Owen at the Naseby Battlefield Duathlon

Shane Owen at the Naseby Battlefield Duathlon

Samantha Daniel got her triathlon season off to a fine start with a trip to Halesowen for the sprint tri. Samantha had a great race recording 15.51 for the 400m swim, 1.06 22km bike and a 25.53 5k run. A great race and a great start to her year.

Shane Owen - in hard training for the Lanzarote Ironman, the toughest on the planet - travelled to Naseby for the long distance duathlon and had a great race. The 20km run, 81km bike and 10km run is a tough event and Shane excelled in a time of 5hours 27mins for a great 3rd place in his age group.

Dave Conlan competed also and in his first long distance event since 2012 because of injury, was pleased to finish the event comfortably.

Jack de Bokx also raced at Naseby but in the standard distance event a 10km run, 40km bike and 5km run. Jack had a great race and finished 10th overall and also won his age group. In the sprint duathlon Tom Greeves, showing superb early season form, narrowly missed out on the win.

Kevin Sexton and Mike Smallwood travelled to Windsor for the British Duathlon Championships and both raced well, Mike winning the silver in his age category and Kevin just missing the podium but both securing Great Britain spots for 2017.

A large club contingent travelled to Warwick for the half marathon. Pete Belfield had a great race and came 2nd overall in 1-17.04, a super result as he gears up for the London Marathon.

Also at Warwick were: Sally Baker 1-29.00; Roy Broomhead 1-30.46; Claire Murphy1-35.42; Ross Wearing 01:36:04; Neal Whitford 01:38:10; Tony Johnson 1-40.09; David Phillips 1-46.42; Antonio Catalano 1-47.43; Sharon McGowan 1-48.17; Adrian James 1-48.43; Peter Wright 1-51.15; Beverley Masterman 2-08.05.

Top club and local swimmer Kelly Daghmosh travelled to Ponds Forge in Sheffield for the British Masters swimming championships. Kelly picked up a bronze medal in the 800m freestyle and a gold in the 200m freestyle relay. Rachael LLoyd also competed, picking up five medals, two gold, two silver and two bronzes.

Jen Warren had a call up to represent Great Britain at the Invictus games in Orlando. She flies out next month and the whole of Rugby Tri club is very proud.