TRIATHLON: Success all over the country

Derek Birch, Lea Mitchell and Stephen Brooks at the Outlaw triathlon
Derek Birch, Lea Mitchell and Stephen Brooks at the Outlaw triathlon

Rugby Triathlon Club

It’s the height of the triathlon season and members of Rugby Triathlon Club have been racing all over the country.

Nichola Smith

Nichola Smith

The highlight has been the Outlaw Triathlon, an iron distance event. The event, held at Holme Pierpoint near Nottingham, consisted of a 2.8-mile swim, 112-mile bike, and a full 26-mile marathon.

The club, as usual, performed superbly. The race, held in torrential rain, saw Keith Edwards finish in a time of 10hrs 42 mins and win third in his age category.

Claire Murphy also took third in her age category, coming home with a superb time of 11hrs 22mins.

Other times: Julian Rathbone 10.46; Anthony Smith 10:54; Paul Meigh 10:57; Brian Haycock 10:58; Phil Scott 11:01; Greg Ashley 12:16; Shane Owen 12:37; Damon Street 12:44; Chris Longman 13:18; Rachael Rathbone 13:58; Alan Richards 14:03.

Derek Birch, Stephen Brooks and Lea Mitchell teamed up to do the event as a relay and stormed around to 11hrs 56mins.

All superb performances on a far from perfect day. All but Phil Scott and Greg Ashley were taking part in their first ironman.

Held on the same weekend was the Nottingham Big Swim, where Nichola Smith competed in the 3km event and took a hard earned 3rd place.

Lawrence Webb ventured to Worthing to race the Worthing Sea triathlon, a 1500m rough sea swim, 41km bike and 10km run event.

The sea swim, held in testing conditions, proved no obstacle for Lawrence who completed the swim in 27mins to go onto finish the event in a great 2hrs 17mins.

Paul Shotton ventured even further and ended up in Canada to race Ironman Canada, held in Whistler in the Canadian rockies. In terrible, tough cold conditions, including torrential rain, Paul raced round in a superb 12hrs 52 mins a superb time.

Kelly Dughmosh competed in the National Open Water Championships, a 1.5km event. Kelly again showed her class by taking 1st place.

Nichola Smith also raced superby taking third place in her age group.

Greg Ashley, fresh from the Outlaw triathlon, made the long journey north to compete in the Railway Ultra, a 30-mile running race held on the banks of the river Severn near Ironbridge. Greg raced well and took a well deserved top 20 place.