Rugby Triathlon Club
Its been a busy few weeks for members of Rugby Triathlon Club both domestically and internationally.
First off Phil Scott, Peter Wright and Greg Ashley ventured to Lanzarote for a week’s training and to compete in the world famous Volcano triathlon, a tough 1500m swim, 42km bike and 10km run. Greg took club honours and ended up 9th Vet in a personal best time of 2hours 34 mins. Phil Scott came home 11th vet and Peter Wright, competing in his first triathlon in over three years following a serious injury, completed the course in 2hours 55min and 23rd vet. It was a great warm up for Greg with Iron-man Lanzarote two weeks later.
Top of the athletic tree were the intrepid athletes who ventured to Lanzarote to compete in the Iron-man, a 3.8km swim, 180km bike ride and a full marathon at the end, all within a 17-hour period.
It is recognised as the toughest Ironman on the calender and this year was one of the toughest ever conditions, thanks to a 50mph wind that had battered the island all week and hadn’t abated by race day.
The swim was a tough affair, large waves and swells, but all the athletes coped well and ventured on to the bike for a hard day out, before enjoying 30 degrees of heat and sun for the marathon.
First home for Rugby was Rob Riddell in a time of 12hours 16mins.
Adrian Wyatt in his first ever Iron-man 13hours 15mins.
Greg Ashley 13hours 27 mins.
Garry Haynes 14 hours 23mins
Ross Wearing 14hours 57 mins.
Mike Donnelly 16hours 25 mins.
All fantastic achievements on such a tough day.
Meanwhile over in Majorca, Tamara Hardman enjoyed a fantastic day out at the Majorca 70.3 half Iron-man event, to come second in her age group and qualify for the world championships in Austria.
At the Coventry Sprint triathlon, victory went to Tom Greeves with Andrew Boon taking 10th place.
Claire Kelly ventured to Eton and took 2nd in her age group and 10th overall at the Eton Sprints event.
Next up was the Outlaw Half Iron-man event held at Holme Pierrpoint near Nottingham, the 1900 metre swim, 90km bike and half marathon. This event was also doubling up as the club middle distance championship.
On a tough day, constant rain and wind made it a tough day out. First home from the club and club champion was Hywel Davies in 4hrs 24 mins.
Keith Edwards 4hrs 59mins.
Phil Scott 5hrs 04 mins.
Tamara Hardman 5hrs 14mins.
Greg Ashley 5hrs 26mins.
Brian Reynolds 5hrs 28mins.
Matt Uzzell 5hrs 33mins.
Andy Childs 5hrs 34mins.
Shayne Wright 5hrs 35mins.
Damon Street 5hrs 43mins.
Shane Owen 5hrs 45mins.
Richard Rawnsley 6hrs 00mins.
Emma Richards 6hrs 24mins.
Alan Richards 6hrs 34mins.
Mathew Hunter 6hrs 50mins.
Stephen Brookes 6hrs 53mins.
Lisa Melvin 7hrs 12mins.
All superb efforts on a tough day. Keith Edwards was second in his age group and there were age group wins for Tamara Hardman and Hywel Davies.
Tamara was crowned club ladies’ champion, followed home by Emma Richards and Lisa Melvin.
Rachael Rathbone (swim), Ali Moult (bike) and Sally Baker (run) teamed up to do a relay and put in a dominating performance to take the ladies’ title.