28 members of Cheltenham Tri Club made the short journey to Fairford, where the VOTWO Cotswold triathlon took place. There were two different race lengths, both with good representation from Cheltenham.
In the Standard length event (1500m swim, 40km bike and 10k run) Oliver Hilton was the first CTC mdember home, finishing in 15th place overall in a time of 2:20:45, including a particularly impressive swim time of 24:33. Paul Wakefield was the first Veteran home only 2 places further back in 2:22:03. The first Cheltenham woman home was Sally Freeman, who finished in 88th place in 2:37:58. Freeman had a ding-dong battle with Dan Hortop, who despite coming out of the swim nearly 4 minutes behind her managed to reel her in and overtake her in the last 2.5km of the run and beat her by 11 seconds. The remainder of the CTC competitors at this distance were Gareth Blackbird (2:29:22), Denis Betts (2:29:26), Tim Cavanagh (2:39:22), Gerry Carroll (2:41:02), Sue Bathgate (2:43:20), Derek Barlow (2:46:39), Sarah Roberts (2:47:34), Steve Yarnold (2:48:34), Mikki Storey (2:49:21), Simon Langmaid (2:50:00), Tommy Charles (2:57:16) and Cameron Pay (3:12:11).
In the sprint event (750m swim, 25km bike and 5km run) Josh Hand was fastest from, Cheltenham, completing the shorter course event in 1:17:14, just 41 seconds ahead of Douglas Waymark. Anthony Lloyd was the first supervet home (over 50s) in 1:20:31 and Lucinda Neeves the first CTC woman who finished 26th overall in 1:21:39. Other CTC competitors in the sprint event were Ian Williams (1:20:34), Lee Hunter (1:24:43), Julian Bullas (1:27:16), Navah Langmeyer (1:33:08), Brian Bathgate (1:47:14), James Kearney (1:49:29), Hollie Smith-Charles (2:11:17) and Helen Yarnold (2:17:33).
Meanwhile 3 hardy members travelled to north Wales to compete in the Bala Triathlon, a long, hard race with a swim in one of the coldest lakes available. The first from CTC to complete the 2km swim, 80kmbike and 20km run course was Richard Walklate, who came 80th in Senior men in a time of 4:55:04. Gwyn Williams was just 2:34 behind Walklate and was 61st M40 in 4:58:38. Ellie Millington finished in 5:51:57 and was 18th F40 home, in preparation for her assault on a full ironman later in the year.