September spells the start of autumn and the weather this weekend had a very autumnal feel to it making for very tough conditions for those athletes racing.
We start the review in Holland with Coach Andy Hamilton, who continued his busy year, this time heading to the European Long Distance Championships at Almere he put together his best Long Distance event to date by some margin coming home in 10.19. More to come from
Andy has he recovers quickly to ensure he is ready for the final race of the season at IM Florida.
Continuing the long distance theme Jay Haddley, Ben Sweeney and Ian Peers and headed to Tenby to take on the brutal course of IM Wales, which was made the worse with the deliberate Oil spills. Jay had a great race with PBs over the Swim and run but found the conditions very tough indeed on the testing bike course. Ben finished just outside 13:00 in 13:04 which was a slower time than last year but in far worse conditions he was happy with his performance. Ian has been battling injury since pulling out of IM France on the run and managed to finish his first IM in 13:13 (lucky for some!) Ian is a strong cyclist and runner and has spent this year really working on his swim was delighted to conquer the sea in Tenby. He managed to keep the hamstring at bay through bike and run! Both coach and athlete incredibly proud and delighted!
In single sport racing, Will Turton rode the West Cheshire 25m TT and came home in 59mins. At the Delamere half marathon trail run, Zoe McLennan was second lady home which isn’t bad considering her comments that she isn’t race fit! Sue Clement came 2nd in her AG and John Robb put in a very solid race as he builds to Chester Marathon.
New TTT athlete Nicky Prince was at the Wirral 10km, in her words “I’m alive! had a cracking first 6km then it all fell apart” Nursing a lower leg injury she battled on and made the finish. She reported loving the race and smiled and hugged lots of marshalls enroute! Well done Nicky, now time to get the leg fixed!