Cheltenham Triathlon Club
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Sue Bathgate on the bike

With the temperature hitting 28C in the shade the Shropshire Triathlon at Ellesmere was always going to be a challenge. Add to that an extremely talented field (it was a qualifying race for the World Championships) and a hilly run course, the 12 members of Cheltenham Tri Club did the town proud with their performances.

Highlight was Sue Bathgate from Charlton Kings, who won her age group (60-64), completing the 1500m swim, 40km bike and 10km run in 02:37:47. Bathgate found the run tough but still finished it in a credible 50 minutes, pushing through the intense heat of the middle of the day.

Another impressive performance was from Anthony Lloyd (also from Charlton Kings) who was third in his age group (55-59) in a time of 02:32:46, including a fast 24 minute swim.

First home for Cheltenham was Kevin Ord, whose 2:24:34 earned him 17th place in the 45-49 age group. Denis Betts (2:26:54) and Gwyn Williams (2:27:49) also both broke the 2.30 mark. Alan Champion achieved a time of 2:32:01 which placed him 20th in the 50-54 age group.

Guy Douglass (45-49) and Sarah Roberts (40-44) had a nip and tuck battle all the way round the course, before Douglass eventually came home just 13 seconds ahead in 2:44:50. Douglass was 34th in his age group, Roberts 8th in hers.

Three other members achieved top ten finishes in their age groups. Gail Beddis (3:00:22) was 6th in F50-54, Catherine Booth (03:01:23) was 7th in the same category and Colin Watkins (03:03:13) was 9th M55-59. Graham Beddis finished in 03:03:52, coming 27th M50-54.

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