Weekly round up: It was a weekend for the ladies this weekend!

Victoria Roberts

This weekend saw a lot of action for the Total Tri ladies with a number racing the ladies only Deva Divas in Chester.

Julie Cullen who achieved a 2nd place in her age group in 1:43:06, 4mins faster than last year and a huge improvement on run time by nearly 2mins.  Sue Clements also had a good race but found getting snarled up in the swim and the cycle a bit frustrating she still managed to run a 5km 1min quicker than she has ever done before and came over the line in 1:43:44 to place 7th in her age group and again 4mins faster than last year so great work Sue. Louise Smith also raced at Diva in 1:35:35 placing 11th in age group, she said she had a cracking day and shaved 9 minutes off last years’ time! Kelly Gordon has only been with us a few weeks showed that she has learned an awful lot in that time, and some natural talent helps! She finished 14th Overall at the all-female Deva Divas race on Sunday and 4th in her AG. A very promising result and well-rounded performance.

Nat Smith was unable to race the Deva Divas after being involved in a horrendous crash at the Bickerstaffe road race the day before, luckily there were no broken bones but she landed in a hedge so has lots of cuts and bruises to contend with, hope you recover quickly Nat. Harriet Gilson was in the same race and managed to avoid the pile up and finish strongly, but no final confirmation on positions yet. Harriet reports more learning again from the tactics of road racing and she can’t wait to tackle the next one in September!

Victoria Roberts took on her first Ironman in Bolton at the weekend, she had a terrible bike crash earlier this year so simply making the start line was testament to her unquestionable determination.  She had a great swim “despite being knocked about a bit” and got to 99 miles on the bike before sadly race officials pulled a large group of athletes off the course Vic being one of them as a result of not making the cut off.  Vic is understandably devastated especially a she felt she had been going well and was flying down the hills which following the bike crash has been a major confidence issue for her.   Her coach finally caught up with her and following a big hug and some tears, talk quickly moved to her next IM challenge!  Vic is not done with IM yet!  A very tough day out but lots of experience gained which will no doubt be put to good use over the next 18months.

Mark Hadfield

Mark Hadfield raced really well at the Cleveland Steelman middle distance with an AG leading swim which is a huge step up for Mark who has always found this his weakness. A whole winter of big volume in the pool and a lot of race specific work left him in a good position to then hold on for 4th in his age group, achieved at a time of year when we wouldn’t expect him to be flying after some down time before he re-builds for his second half of the year!

Richard Cooper put in a strong performance at the Standard Distance race at in Eton Dorney to take the win in his AG (50-54) and finish 13th overall!

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