Wow! What a busy weekend we have just had with a huge amount of athletes racing all over the country. Many opening their triathlon account for the season with several big sprint distance races happening and also a couple of TTT athletes running the London Marathon.
As ever the BBC coverage of the event left us all feeling like we were missing out on something special down in the capital and Mike Gunther and Heather Mayer were lucky enough to be on the start line to race this iconic event. Both ran really well and are super happy with their times of 3:15 and 4:13 respectively and apparently Heather smiled the entire way round!!
Back up North…..
…..the weather gods were very kind to all the triathletes racing on Sunday with blue skies and light winds and this set the tone for a very fast day on many courses. The Big local event of the weekend for Total Tri was the local sprint distance race at Chirk which always attracts a super high standard and many thanks to Wrexham Tri Club for once again putting on a seamless event with a very large number of athletes racing all day. Lots to mention at this one:
Dasiy Pickles – 1:08:46 – 2nd Female and 3min PB
Phil Murphy – 58:50 – 3rd Overall
Rob Flack – 59:50 – 6th Overall and AG Winner
Tom Garbett – 1:00:01 – 8th Overall and 2nd AG
Tom Williams – 1:00:55 – 10th Overall (mechanical on bike)
Scott Welsby – 1:01:46 – 13th Overall and 3rd AG
Andy Hamilton – 1:04:55 – 25th Overall – 4 min PB
Liam Cottrell – 1:06:49 – 8 minute PB!
Tim Riding – 1:09:46 – 4th AG
Claire Sutcliffe – 1:11:19 – 4th Female and AG Win
Matthew Mcdonnell – 1:11:39 – 3rd AG Youth
Steve Holliman – 1:13:22 – 10 min PB!
Simon Wilde – 1:15:09 – 5 min PB!
Helen Williams – 1:17:14 – 17th Female
Louise Minchin – 1:23:35 9th in AG
Sue Clement – 1:27:38 – 11th AG
So all in all a great day out for Total Tri at Chirk. The exception to the rule and very worth a mention is the ever speedy Head Coach Chris Standidge who was on a mission to break the 10 year old course record. Chris was the fastest athlete on course on Sunday with a crazy time off 55:23 over a minute faster than anyone has ever gone around Chirk in! However, pushing this close to the edge meant he cut a corner marginally over a white line and the head referee deemed this outside of the rules and he ended up with a DQ. A real shame but Chris was philosophical about it and obviously very happy with the performance. Just goes to show, even after 20 years in the sport, you can still reach new heights if you get the training right!
More success over at the Saddleworth Triathlon with Coach Martin Cain taking the win in a new course record, very closely followed by Cole Drews in 2nd place – great performance from both
And last but certainly not least, Paul Chesworth was the Sole TTT athlete at Ribby Hall Triathlon posting a super fast 55:50 and a 4 minute PB over that course. Another athlete proving how well his training has gone! No overall results available as yet, so update us as soon as you can Paul
Looking ahead to next weekend we would like to wish our 2 entrants in the European Duathlon Champs in Soria, Spain. John Robb and Charlotte Edmondson have qualified and will represent team GB in the race – best of luck both.