Weekly round up: A jam packed weekend of racing!
ETU Sprint Championships in Dusseldorf:
Daisy Pickles & Charlie Edmondson both raced for GB in 25-29 AG, both reported having tough races against strong fields, Daisy came in 12th having had 2 spills and a rubbing front brake! Charlie a few places back in 14th and apparently left her bike legs in Manchester! Both enjoyed the experience immensely are driven for future successes and more GB qualifications!
Challenge Poznan – Poland
Coach Claire Sutcliffe raced really well in the middle distance to finish 8th overall female and 3rd place in her AG (40-49).
Steve Holliman pulled off performance of the weekend with a 2hr47min improvement on his Iron distance PB to finish is 11hr 47mins. Well done Steve, huge leaps forward this year so far.
Castle Series at Cholmondley
Lindsay Griffiths won the womens race overall in the sprint race on the Saturday at the castle series race, with Kelly Gordon finishing in 6th place in her first Tri and is going to be one to keep an eye on! John Robb clearly likes this event as he secured 1st in AG (V50) for 5th year in a row at the sprint distance and Matthew MacDonnell was 9th overall male in the Saturday event which is particularly impressive given that he is still a youth!
Helen Williams finished 10th overall in the Standard Distance race on the Sunday, a strong performance which she was pleased with given the conditions and on a hilly course which isn’t her natural terrain!
Ben Williams was the youngest TTT athlete out there and he finished a very creditable 12th out of 73 kids racing. Numbers on that scale just goes to demonstrate the depth of this fantastic sport! It won’t be too long before he fills his wetsuit – which will make him even quicker!!
Gauntlet distance saw John Wilding continue his build up to IM Copenhagen later in the year with ac cracking swim and run with a strong mental test on the bike no less than 4 punctures see him off tyre shopping this week! Well done John for your resilience shown here!
The mixed relay team of Louise Minchin, Lindsay Griffiths, Brad Pollitt and Dave Morgan who all doubled up on their racing over the weekend to finish 4th.
Day in the Lakes
Yvonne Gibson tackled the incredibly gruelling Day in the Lakes and after a tough swim recovered well to ride a strong bike and held on well during the run to finish 5th in AG.
Llandudno ITU Sprint Distance World Championship qualifier
Louise Minchin was fastest out of the water but could only finish 5th in AG just an agonising 20secs off a slot – fingers crossed for a roll down. Sure it will come Louise!
Jonathan Davies 4th finished 4th in AG and this in his first open water event which was strongly contested and he came out a little battered and bruised but fought back well on bike & run.
Heather Mayer bounced back from the disappointment of a DNF at Chester with an overall win in Marlow Olympic distance race and Alex Berry produced the Fastest Run split of the day in the entire field seeing him finish a brilliant 5th overall and getting a big confidence boost ahead of the Ironman European Championships in Frankfurt in 11 days time.
National 50 Mile Time Trial Champs
A very brave John Wallas took on his first 50 mile TT at the national Champs in Cleveland on Sunday. Very daunting prospect knowing that the field is full of guys that are going to ride close to 30mph for the whole distance! John rode a new FTP PB in the 50 and rode a great 2:04 so a really great outing ahead of Edinburgh 70.3 on Sunday this week.
Scott Welsby still recovering from recent health issues posted a strong time just under the hour 59.16 at the 25 TT held on the Cheshire course near Goostry.