First up and certainly worthy of its own race write up (cough cough Tom W!) was the all new Ironman 70.3 in Edinburgh a little over a week ago. On a course that already didn’t need to be made any harder the athletes had to deal with cold conditions early in the day and a very strong wind that saw the swim get shortened to 950m and the bike leg made very hard with the last 25 miles directly in to a fierce headwind. None of this stopped some great performances with Chris Standidge and Tom Williams going 1st and 3rd in the 35-39 AG and Chris once again in the mix with the pro men along with a brilliant 12th AG position for Alex Ward.
John Wallas raced on the tough Edinburgh course and Cole Drews finished strong albeit a little down on where he would have expected to be. John Robb put in a solid performance and the testing course will stand him in good stead for IM Copenhagen later in the month. Lastly, Phil Murphy was busy exploring the limits of how well his tyres gripped in the wet and came off a little like Richie Porte did in the Tour de France but lives to fight another day!
Meanwhile, at some other small race in Germany…………..
Coaches Bethan Hughes and Andy Hamilton along with friend Neil Thomas took on Challenge Roth. A real bucket list race for them all and actually Beth’s first (and only!) attempt at the distance. Hot weather greeted them on race day to add to the epic-ness of the whole thing but as usual they smashed it.
Beth was an amazing 35th female overall and 8th in her AG going 10:49 on her debut.
Andy, despite having several challenges during the day, including stomach issues, a mechanical on the bike meaning along with a drafting penalty slogged out an 11:41. Whilst happy to finish, feels his still has some unfinished business with this distance and aims to hit his targets at Ironman Florida later in the year. Neil T had a great day out with a 10:34. Looks like a brilliant race to go to from the pics. Rest up well all three of you, plenty more to go at this year yet!!!
Over in Frankfurt the Ironman European Championships were taking place sadly with a little less success for Total Tri athletes. Tim Riding had gone there to just swim/bike due to not being 100 percent recovered from a leg injury and saving him for later in the season. He swam and biked as if he was in the race for real trying out a pacing and nutrition strategy and things are looking very good with good improvements in both disciplines. Claire Riding had been a bit off colour the 2 days leading in to the race and decided before the race that she would get to the run and decide whether or not to continue and sadly made the call to pull out. And then to top it all, Alex Berry, who was in great form going in to the race especially with his ability to run fast off the bike was taken out by another cyclist at 112km and is now in a German hospital awaiting an operation on a broken collar bone. The conversation with him last night really showed how much of an emotional investment an Ironman is as he was bitterly disappointed to have spent all year building up to this to have his dream shattered in this way. We all wish you a speedy recovery Alex
Brad Pollitt meanwhile, has been racing at the Farnborough Middle Distance race and proving that even the worst blisters you can imagine can’t stop him!! He biked and ran his way through the field to a great 2nd Place overall despite these! But a good example of why you wear socks in longer distance races!!
Paul Chesworth is reaping the rewards of good quality consistent training now with a 10th place at Ripon in his AG – not bad in the National Champs!!! He managed to beat quite a few other athletes who had beaten him a few weeks earlier in Kitzbühel so signs of good form on its way now – well done Paul
Wil Turton and Liam Cotterill have been working hard on their biking due to on-going injuries and some huge PB’s coming their way now. They both went 58 mins on the weekend of the 2nd over 25miles TTs and Will has now followed this up with a 57 this weekend. All the months of hard training is showing for these two now and would be great to see them sort out the running issues sometime soon!
Lindsay Griffiths won overall at Pwllheli Sprint last weekend, so has now won the first 2 races back since illness and a delayed start to the year. Great to see her back to winning ways after such a hard year so far. Well done Linz.
Jonathan Davies was racing at Honiton Sprint this weekend, he had a great race with a fantastic improvement on his swim time which is the area we have been focusing on but also his overall race strategy has vastly improve which is showing in his results. He came 7th in the Over 50’! Top racing and great progress being shown.
Louise Minchin raced at Rippon Olympic and had a great swim to start the race then unfortunately her old injury flared up on the bike making the rest of the course very testing but she battled on and finished the race.
Heather Mayer has been up to some pretty impressive cycling antics over in Europe completing some Iconic routes. Last week saw Heather complete the Maratona dles Dolomites in a time of 7hrs 30mins, 85 miles with over 4000ft of climbing, if that wasn’t enough she followed it up with the Cingle Challenge last Friday taking in all 3 routes up Ventoux, starting at 4am in the morning and covering 87 miles with 4200ft of climbing. Heather has commented that she is definitely getting stronger both physically and mentally! We are not surprised. Great cycle training to take her into Main 70.3 at the end of August.
Claire Sutcliffe and the rest of the coaching staff would like to say a huge good luck to Sparkly Vic who is taking on IMUK this weekend in Bolton. She has worked very hard for this and we hope it goes well
And finally a great big good luck also to the ladies taking part in the Chester Tri Deva Diva’s race this weekend. We have Sue Clements, Julie Cullen, Louise Smith, Kelly Gordon and Nat Smith all taking part.