Cheltenham Triathlon Club were out in force on Saturday at a surprisingly hot and humid Upton Triathlon event with their "vets" doing particularly well. The river, not as swollen as last year, still led to some fast times as the whole swim was downstream.
Sue Bathgate took first place in the Women's veterans (over 40s) section completing the Standard length race (1500m river swim, 40k bike and 10k run) in just 2 hours 39 minutes. Sarah Roberts was 3rd in the same section (2 hours 45) and Ellie Millington 4th (2:47), so Cheltenham took three of the top 4 places with just Trudy Compton from Cirencester preventing a clean sweep by coming second.
Cheltenham's Vet men also did well, with Paul Wakefield coming fourth in 2 hrs 18 and David Symes 11th in 2:30.
The fastest woman from Cheltenham was Sally Freeman (29), who continues to go from strength to strength. With good times for all three disciplines Freeman came 7th in the women's open category in a time of 2 hrs 37.
Other finishers from Cheltenham in the standard distance event were Andy Monaghan ((02:33:57), Dan Hortop (02:37:52), Graham Johnston (02:40:59), Anthony Lloyd (02:44:30), Alan Champion (02:47:11), Guy Douglass (02:48:16), Graham Beddis (02:50:18), Steve Yarnold (02:59:17), Colin Watkins (03:08:21), Brian Bathgate (03:26:20) and Elaine Edgeworth (03:43:57).
In the sprint event (half the distance of the main event) Elizabeth Haigh led the club home in 01:31:23, coming 16th in the women's open section, followed by Cathy Booth who came 4th in the FVet category in a time of 1:40, Mary Welsh who was 7th in the same category (01:44:43) and Helen Yarnold in 02:05:11.