2009 Race Reports
Mary Welsh (65), a keen member of Cheltenham Triathlon Club, won the Vintage category of the Scottish Sprint Triathlon Championships held at Loch Ore on Sunday for the second year in a row.
Mary exited the 750m open water swim in second place (which she reported was surprisingly warm despite being in Scotland), before overtaking the leader to move into first place 4 miles into the undulating, long bike course with strong headwinds along the shore of Loch Leven.
Mary was then able to maintain her lead on the 5km run course to win the Vintage age group for the second year in a row.
Closer to home Guy Douglass and Abi Hawman both took part in the Hereford triathlon. Douglass managed to break the hour (59:45) for the 400m swim, 18km bike, 5k run course) at the third time of trying, achieving 20th male veteran whilst Abi Hawman completed the course in 1:09, coming 12th in the senior ladies category.
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.
If anyone competed last weekend could they let me know so that I can do a press release? So far I only know about the events that I did which were the tandem triathlon on Saturday and the long swim on Sunday, so if anyone is proud of what they did elsewhere please let me know.
As a matter of interest the tandem triathlon was quite a laugh (although Anthony and I were both walking like old men after riding on really uncomfortable hire tandem saddles). We finished the 1km swim (Anthony) 32km bike (both of us) and 10k run (me) in 2:44. Results aren't out yet but we think we represented the club well. Jeff Kapp and his partner appeared to finish in about 2:20.
Results from the long swim were as follows:
Oliver Wilkinson 00:48:29 4th (Oli the Aussie who swims in the fast lane with us and is training to swim the channel)
Karen Hilton 00:58:27 44th (10th FS)
Anthony Lloyd 01:02:40 66th (8th MSV)
Guy Douglass 01:06:31 100th (26th MV)
Caroline Kiwitt 01:06:47 104th (23rd FS)
Jezz Rutt 01:09:03 117th (32nd MV) (Badly held up by cramp)
Paul Dow 01:09:14 119th (40th MS)
Ellie Millington 01:10:18 130th (11th FV)
Gerry Carroll 01:13:31 137th (37th MV)
Mikki Storey 01:13:39 139th (39th MV)
There were 202 entrants so we all did the club proud. Cheers.
Oliver Hilton, male captain of Cheltenham Triathlon Club, came 10th in the Gloucester Triathlon that took place in Brockworth on Sunday, exactly the same position that he occupied last year. His time of 1 hour, 1 minute and 56 secondswas slower than last year but still earned him 8th place in the open category.
17 other members of Cheltenham Tri Club also completed the course, with varying degrees of success. Paul Wakefield was 3rd Veteran home in 01:03:08, with David Symes 7th in the same category in 01:06:17 and Simon Wintle 10th Vet in 01:07:35.
Sally Freeman was the first Cheltenham female home in a time of 01:13:53 (7th FOpen) with Elizabeth Haigh following her home in 01:19:45 (14th FOpen). Elaine Edgeworth was 4th female Supervet (over 50) and Mary Welsh was 5th in the same category in 01:33:57.
In the Male Supervet category (over 50s) Alan Champion came third in 01:09:16 with Anthony Lloyd 5th in 01:11:00.
Other Cheltenham finishers were Andy Monaghan (01:06:43 13th MO), Paul Dow (01:06:52 15thMO), Graham Johnston (01:10:40 16th MVet), John Wallace (01:15:23 43rd MO), Graham Beddis (01:18:06 16th MS-VET), Colin Watkins (01:21:49 21st MS-VET), and James Kearney (01:32:09 29th MS-VET).