Weekend round up: A busy two weekends of racing to catch up on!
Time to grab a cup of tea and have a catch up with what’s been going on in the last fortnight or so in the world of Total Tri Training with tons of racing going on recently and some great results.
Back on the May bank holiday weekend we saw plenty of athletes in action with Will Turton, Cole Drews and Natasha Smith taking on the 50 Mile TT course in Cheshire at the Warrington roads event. On what looked like a fast day Cole broke the 2 hour barrier for the first time, Will Turton rode a 2:06 and Natasha took second female and posted a great time of 2:11. She then followed this up with a top 20 finish in a Pro field at the Shrewsbury Grand Prix Road race on the Sunday so a top weekend on the bikes for all three of you!
Scott Wilson ran a great race at Buxton Half Marathon on Sunday in 1:27 on a very hilly course. After having taken the first few miles perhaps a bit too easy he soon found his pace and ran through the pack to take an overall position of 14th. Scott’s running is moving on in huge leaps now with some great results – keep up the good work Scott.
Simon Wilde completed his first marathon in Edinburgh with a fantastic time of 3:12:48, 225th/6084 running and placing 24/789 in his age group which has gained him a good for age qualifying time. He said the race went really well and he paced it to plan but had to dig deep for the last couple of miles. Great run Simon well done.
Moving on to the weekend we have just had, and this is where it gets really busy with racing! 2 very big triathlons in our local area with the race at Chester attracting 1700 athletes due to its world qualifying status and the long standing classic middle distance that is Bala, along with time trials, open water swim races and a Half Iron race on the islands off Scotland!
Deva Olympic and Middle Distance
Daisy Pickles, a very good sprint distance athlete, raced her first Olympic distance race and went brilliantly to finish 4th in AG and qualified for Rotterdam. She had one of the fastest bike splits of the day. Only better things to come from this dedicated athlete.
Nick Wilson, raced his second ever Olympic distance race and came home with a 25min PB over the distance and finished in 2:56. This is even more impressive given his limited training time over recent months.
Head Coach Chris Standidge took the overall win by over 10 mins in the Middle Distance posting a very fast bike split in the process (2:07 for 54 miles). This is a culmination of months of “raising the bar” in training on the bike and it is really showing now. All of this is starting to filter through to our athletes as well now and we are very excited to see where everyone ends up this year!!!
He didn’t have it all his own way as he was matched on the swim by Tom Garbett who is going well and managed to hang on for 3rd overall and won the under 25 category in the middle. Watch out for Tom later this year as there is more to come from him and still so young! Alex Ward posted a time of 4:31 for 20th overall. As ever, being hard on himself, he felt a little disappointed after the race, but with a list of injuries over the winter and spring he has decided today that there were a lot of positives and is looking forward to stepping it up again at Staffs 70.3 in a fortnight. A couple of DNF’s at Chester were Heather Mayer, Claire Riding and Alex Berry but all three can see where the issues were and can easily correct this going forward – one reason why having a coach as a sounding board and a voice of reason is a good idea and allows you to see the next steps after a disappointment.
Dave Morgan wasn’t a DNF but had an incident hitting a pothole so hard he put his back out on the run and suffered from there to finish, but finish he did and he is proud of himself for getting through it and in a great time compared to previous races so the signs look good for the summer Ironman for Dave. Laura Hadfield completed the Olympic distance running as fast for 10km in the race as she was doing a year ago in a stand alone 10km so a great outing for her despite having missed a fair bit of training through illness lately. She seemed very happy with herself afterwards!! Her other half Mark, completed the Middle distance and also had a great race but missed going under 5 hours by 29 seconds. This is what happens when you stop for a wee on the bike Mark!! We will go over other options for this issue in private!!!
Tom Williams (Mr Triathlon Blogger of the year!) pulled out all the stops in a super competitive age group race in the Olympic at Deva coming 4th and earning his slot for the world champs with a time of 2 hours dead!
John Wilding came 1st in his age group at the Deva Triathlon Middle Distance race a fantastic race and very well paced, solid race in the build up to IM Copenhagen.
Ian Peers also raced the Deva Middle distance race, tricky start getting bashed about in the swim, followed by a rubbing tyre on the bike losing him valuable minutes but finishing with a storming run and a massive PB of 7 minutes off his previous stand along half marathon time. A top performance with lots of tricky situations to overcome but he kept his head and focused on getting the job done.
Tim Riding had to use the race as a swim/bike training event due to a calf strain but swam well and nailed the bike in 2:25 on good power for a flat course so his IM Frankfurt prep is going well and recovery from Mallorca looks complete.
Andrew Wyrko raced his first Olympic Distance at Deva finishing in 2:33:02 an awesome effort and he really enjoyed it.
Louise Minchin also race Deva Olympic and had a storming swim coming 2nd lady out of the water a great race for Louise considering the injuries and hectic work commitments leading into the race. Well done top effort.
Both Kay Miller and Julie Cullen also competed their first Olympic distance race at Deva both had great races and were smiling all the way around, Julie was 14th in AG and Kay 17th in times of 3:16:09 and 3:21:31 fantastic effort from both of these athletes and we couldn’t be more proud of what they both achieved today.
And Away from Chester…………….
Cole Drews took a very impressive 5th Overall at the Cotswolds Middle Distance going 4:13 – Great work Cole.
John Wallas took a top 20 place at the Northumberland Standard distance which he was very happy with.
Coach Phil Murphy took 2nd overall in the Chester Roads Club 25 mile TT on the Prees course in Shropshire in some tougher than normal conditions posting a big PB for that course at 54:37, over 2 mins faster than he has ever been on this loop. He has also been training very hard and in a different way to previous seasons, so whatever is going on for our coaches is definitely working and it will filter down to all our athletes this year.
Victoria Roberts completed the Island 2 Island Half Iron Distance race on the Isle of Arran and came away with a 3rd Lady trophy (and said who cares if there were on 3 ladies in the race!) – sound like a great race Vic.
John Robb swam the Ullswater 3.8km swim in 1:41 in prep for his Ironman race coming up soon.