TRIATHLON: Rod McGowan qualifies for World Ironman Championships

Derek Hoyle
Derek Hoyle
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Derek Hoyle first club member home at Bosworth Water Park

Rod McGowan, a Rugby Triathlon Club member, overcame the most appalling weather conditions in the Ironman 70.3 UK race at Wimbleball, Somerset, to secure a place in the Ironman 70.3 World Championships at Lake Las Vegas, Nevada this September.

Extremely cold water temperatures, high winds and torrential rain made the 1.2 mile lake swim, 56 mile cycle and 13.1 mile run very challenging not only in fitness terms but in mental toughness too.

Rod was 11th in his age group (40-44) in a time of 5:47:36 and fellow club member Greg Ashley was 26th in his age group (45-49) in a time of 6:08:46.

The same day but further north and in much better weather conditions eight members took part in the Club’s Olympic Championship race - the Big Sow - at Bosworth Water Park, Leicestershire.

This race (1500m open water swim, 40k cycle, 10k run), proved dramatic when two club members had to retire from the event due to tyre punctures and blow outs.

Congratulations to Derek Hoyle (a novice at this distance) who was the first member (and 7th vet) home in a time of 2:43:06.

The other results were: Craig Pattison - 2:54:10 (14th senior), Andy Overend - 2:57:38 (4th senior vet), James Causer - 3:04:16 (16th senior), Chris Longman - 3:20:18 (19th senior) and Josie Goodwin - 3:25:04 (2nd senior vet).

Thirty minutes prior to the start of the Big Sow race the sprint distance triathlon known as the ‘Little Piglet’ started. Bev Masterman completed the 750m open water swim, 20k cycle and 5k run in 1:37:35 (5th senior).

Rugby Triathlon Club is promoting a race in Daventry in September, suitable for novices and experienced competitors alike. See the website