2009 Race Reports
Sue Bathgate of Cheltenham Triathlon club continued her impressive season with another win in her age group at the local Cotswold sprint triathlon (held at the Keynes Country Park near Cirencester) last weekend.
A vast turnout from Cheltenham Triathlon club included not only Sue's win, but two other first places and four 2nds over the 750 metre Open Water Swim - 20 kilometre Bike - 5 kilometre Run course.
The fastest competitor from CTC was Jason Humm who came 21st overall (2nd in the 35-39 age group) in a fast time of 1:03:43. Andy Monaghan was hot on his heals in 1:06:45, 37th overall (6th, 25-29).
The winners in their categories were Sue Bathgate (1:17:24, 1st F60-64) and Mary Welsh (1:38:32, 1st F65-69), with a relay team made up of Penny Hickson, Jeff Kapp and Ellie Millington winning the mixed relay in 01:07:34.
2nd place achievers were Jason Humm, Sally Freeman (01:11:44, 2nd F25-29) who has continued to improve throughout the season, Anthony Lloyd (01:12:13, 2nd M55-59) and George Eden, one of the youngest members of the club (01:19:15, 2nd M15-19).
Other Cheltenham finishers were as follows:
Jez Preston-Jones (1:08:36, 9th M45-49), Andrew Pittman (1:09:01, 7th M35-39), David Symes (1:09:04, 10th M45-49), Kevin Orde 1:09:37, 14th M40-44), Graham Johnston (1:10:53, 22nd M40-44), Cameron Pay (1:11:08, 23rd M40-44), Gerry Carroll (1:12:23, 22nd M45-49), Dan Hortop (1:13:09, 15th M35-39), Denis Betts (1:14:00, 33rd M40-44), John Wallace 1:15:08, 18th M35-39), Julian Bullas 1:15:09, 38th M40-44), Dale Midwinter (1:16:50, 39th M45-49), Phil Gomm (1:18:53, 46th M45-49), Peter Johnson (1:19:11, 30th M35-39), Colin Watkins (1:22:59, 6th M55-59), Lesley Oliver (1:26:25, 15th F35-39), Cathy Booth (1:27:04, 4th F50-54), Abi Hawman (1:28:29, 21st F30-34), Elaine Edgeworth (1:31:55, 7th F50-54), Brian Bathgate (1:33:47, 8th M60-64), Helen Yarnold (1:47:34, 17th F45-49).
Success was also achieved further afield by Guy Douglass (45), who travelled to Rutland Water in Leicestershire to compete in the Vitruvian Triathlon (1.9km swim, 85km bike and 21km run). Aiming for a sub six hour finish he was delighted to complete the famously gruelling and windy course in 5:58:03.
Sue Bathgate of Cheltenham Triathlon club continued her impressive season with another win in the super-vets category at the local Bredon Hardwick sprint triathlon last weekend.
An impressive turnout from Cheltenham Triathlon club despite the holiday season made for a bit of a party atmosphere at the event, with 19 members of the club making the short trip to compete over the 750 metre Open Water Swim - 20 kilometre Bike - 5 kilometre Run course.
With Sue Bathgate first in the ultra-vets category and Elaine Edgeworth second in the super-vets (slightly younger) it could be said that Cheltenham are starting to get a reputation for running away with the veteran prizes, but the youngsters from the club are also doing well.
Oliver Hilton came 16th overall in an impressive 1 hour, 7 mins, 22 seconds, with Andy Monaghan coming 32nd, 4 minutes behind. Paul Wakefield and Kevin Ord both did well in the Vets category (4th and 11th respectively) in 01:08 and 01:16 respectively.
Karen Hilton in her first Triathlon of the season came a creditable 8th in the vets category in 01:27 and Lesley Oliver came back to triathlon after a season's break to achieve 22nd in the open category in 01:31.
Other finishers from the club were Will Amies (01:16:23), Graham Johnston (01:16:49), Anthony Lloyd (01:18), Steve Yarnold (01:24), James Kearney 01:28, Colin Watkins (01:28), Cathy Booth (01:34), Cameron Pay (01:36), Brian Bathgate (01:36) Helen Yarnold (01:56). Jason Humm also took part but was DQd for missing a lap on the run.
Several members of Cheltenham Tri club travelled up to Trentham in Stoke on Trent to compete in a variety of triathlons held there on Sunday.
The weather was atrocious, leading to a freezing, muddy and over-long swim, a dangerously wet bike and an uncomfortable run. Some members have vowed never to return to Trentham following their experiences.
Despite the appalling conditions Sue Bathgate (61), who described the race as "horrible" - won her age group and came sixth overall in the women's classic length triathlon (1500m swim, 45k bike, 10k run), finishing in a time of 3 hrs 7 minutes. Sarah Roberts (43) came 2nd in her age group and 13th overall in 03:18. John Wallace (37) also completed the classic length course in 03:03, earning him 8th place in his age group (34th overall).
In addition to the shorter races there was a half ironman event (1.2 mile swim, 58 mile bike, 13 mile run) in which four members took part. The most impressive was David Symes (47) who completed the course in 5 hours 40 minutes, coming 4th in his age group and 47 th overall. Steve Yarnold (52), who couldn't have chosen a more challenging set of circumstances for his first long event, was delighted to finish in 06:10 also 5th in his age group (83rd overall).
Two women (pictured above looking somewhat apprehensive!) from the club also completed the challenging half ironman distance. Ellie Millington (47) came second in her age group in a time of 6 hours 19 minutes (16th overall) and Elaine Edgeworth (54) completed her first half ironman event in 07:34, half an hour quicker than she dared to expect and the only woman in her age group to complete the course (32nd overall).
The most sensible members of the club were Helen Yarnold (49) and Brian Bathgate (64) who chose to compete in the mercifully short sprint event (500m swim, 28km bike, 5km run), which they completed in 2 hours 14 minutes (9th in her age group) and 1 hour 50 minutes (4th and in his age group) respectively.
The Cheltenham Off-road supersprint triathlon, organised by the Cheltenham Triathlon Club, has been described as a "resounding success" by race director James Kearney. The race was blessed with perfect weather, and many of the 125 finishers of the race were first time triathletes who thoroughly enjoyed their first race.
The race, which consisted of a 400m swim, 10km off-road bike around Pittville Park and a 2.5km run around the same course, was won by Roddy Gosden who was the fastest male and the fastest veteran male, and who was also a member of the winning team (pictured) in the team event - the Glospol plodders (Gloucestershire Police). Roddy won the race in a very impressive 39 minutes 12 seconds (swim 6.18, bike 23.08 and run 09.46). Matthew Dove (West Midlands Triathlon) was second in a time of 42 minutes and Emily Taverner came 3rd overall and won the women's event by just over 8 minutes (in 42.28), with Jo WIlkie coming second and Ann Singal 3rd (50.19 and 50.27 respectively).
Terence Tuckley was the first MV50 home in a time of 50.19, and Val Kirkham won the equivalent women's age group in 55.13.
Husband and wife team John and Cheryl Sussens both won the 60+ age groups, with John completing the course in 52.26 and Cheryl in 1.48.36