TRIATHLON: Rugby Triathlon Club

Lisa Stirling - Rugby Triathlon Club'September 1 2011
Lisa Stirling - Rugby Triathlon Club'September 1 2011

Personal triumphs for club athletes

Over the past few weeks members of Rugby Triathlon Club have been competing in a whole host of sporting events around the country and abroad.

Several newcomers have been competing for the very first time, established members achieving more personal best times and the best of the best coming home with medals and Championship titles.

A round up of some of the most recent events:

The European Long Course Championship was held on Sunday, August 21 in the 3rd largest city in Finland, Tampere, about two hours from Helsinki.

Three Rugby Triathlon Club members were competing here on a course that included a 4k swim, 120km bike and 30km run. Hywel Davies had a brilliant race becoming the European Long Course Champion and picking up the gold medal, was also the first age grouper home in his age group.

Keith Edwards was the third Brit over the finish line and came 8th in his age category in 6 hours 55 minutes. Pete Wright was 16th with a time of 7-26.

Embun Man Ironman Race

Steve Whittington travelled to the Southern Alps to compete in the Embun man Ironman distance race in picturesque surroundings. Steve finished in a time of 12 hours 13 mins and was 68th overall.

English Channel Swim

Garry Haynes, Sean Conway, Martin Sutcliffe (AKA Sooty), Rod McGowan, Keith Hirons and Dave Crocker completed a Relay Swim of the English Channel.

The team embarked on this challenge to raise money for two very special charities – Back Up and also Children with Cancer UK.

Martin (Sooty) was involved in a cycle accident last year and despite being told he may never walk again has made fabulous progress in his recovery and joined the team in this awesome swim. They completed the crossing in 12 hours 57 mins 37 seconds.

Peak District Ultra Run

Greg Ashley recently discovered the world of Ultra running and competed in the 42-mile hilly point to point race which started at Cromford Mill in the Middle of the Peaks.

This was only his second Ultra Run event and Greg came in 10th.

Cambridge Olympic Distance Race

Chris Parsons competed in the Cambridge Olympic Distance Triathlon in Ely. This 1500m swim, 40k cycle and 10k run resulted in Chris achieving another personal best with a time of 2 hours 25 mins, for 5th in his age group.

Desford Sprint Triathlon

Three club members went over to Desford for the Sprint Triathlon. The 400m pool swim, 18k cycle and 5k run was completed by Tom Greeves in just 57-46, Christa Morris in 1-08.42 and Staci Leach in 1-11.37.

The Milton Keynes Olympic Triathlon

This event was also the English Age group Championships and active club member Sam Anderson achieved second place in her age group.

Rod Riddell is new to the Club and was competed at this distance for the first time. Rod achieved 2 hours 30 minutes.

Dorney Lake Sprint Triathlon

Earlier in the month Bev Masterman, Naomi Leugs and Ann Marie Jackman competed in the Sprint Distance Triathlon event at Dorney Lake. This 750m open water swim, 20k cycle and 5k run saw Ann Marie achieve a time of 1-22 for 7th place.


Carl Williams is also new to Triathlon and in July he travelled to Oswestry to take part in the Sprint Distance Triathlon event. This was only Carl’s second event and he completed the 400m pool swim, 20k cycle and 5k run in 1-44.

Two London venues were the setting for two big events in the calendar.

The Virgin Active London Triathlon took place at the Excel Centre & competitors all started their events with an open water swim in Royal Victoria Dock.

Lisa Stirling and Matt Newbold from Rugby Triathlon Club were both competing in their first Open Water event.

Both took part in the Sprint Distance Triathlon on the Saturday afternoon which included a 750m swim, 20k cycle and 5k run. Lisa Stirling clocked 1-46:14 and Matt Newbold 1-30:05.

The following weekend saw the ITU World Championship Triathlon take place in Hyde Park. This event saw most of the big names from the world of triathlon competing as well as three members Rugby Triathlon Club.

In the Olympic Distance event, which included a 1600m swim, 40k cycle and 10k run

Mike Smallwood achieved 1st place in his age group in 2-17.40; Andy Childs was 12th in his age group in 2-24.07 and Stuart Sykes clocked 3-13.36

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