30 members of Cheltenham Triathlon Club made the short trip up the M5 to take part in the annual Upton Triathlon. The weather was scorching and humid, so the bike and run were particularly hard. In addition the river was flowing very slowly, so offered less help than usual.
There were two different races, a standard length (1500m swim, 40km bike and 10k run) and a sprint (750m swim, 20km bike and 5km run).
The 24 members who took part in the standard length event were led to the finish by a very impressive Richard Walklate, who completed the course in 2:21:00, finishing tenth overall and 9th in his category (M-Open). 8 places behind Walklate was Oliver Hilton, finishing in 2:23:23.
Kevin Ord was the first M-Vet home for Cheltenham, finishing 9th in the Veteran (over 40) category in a time of 2:31:53. David Symes followed him home in 2:34:40, 17th M-Vet.
Lucinda Neeves was the first Cheltenham woman home in 2:43:09, 7th in the F-Open (under 40s). Just behind her was Sue Bathgate, who once again won her category (F-Vet) in a time of 2:43:46. Karen Hilton (wife of Oliver Hilton) was third in the F-Vet category.
In the sprint event the first Cheltenham member home was Navah Langmeyer who was 3rd F-Vet in 1:28:59, closely followed by Elizabeth Haigh (28th F-Open) in 1:33:23.
Other CTC finishers were as follows: Standard length: Gareth Blackbird 2:31:56 (34th MO), Andy Monaghan 2:35:13 (41st MO), Josh Hand 2:35:41 (42nd MO), Tim Cavanagh 2:37:01 (19th MV), Denis Betts 2:38:38 (22nd MV), Dan Hortop 2:39:19 (48th MO), Anthony Lloyd 2:46:26 (40th MV), Lee Hunter 2:51:29 (74th MO), Philip Henderson 2:56:39 (85thMO), Guy Douglass 2:58:34 (51st MV), Mikki Storey 2:59:10 (52nd MV), Sarah Roberts 3:01:09 (6th FV), Philip Gomm 3:01:22 (55th= MV), Roger Lipscombe 3:01:22 (55th= MV), Steve Yarnold 3:08:05 (63rd MV), Graham Beddis 3:08:54 (64th MV), Colin Watkins 3:10:57 (67th MV).
Sprint length: Brian Bathgate 1:42:48 (28thMV), James Kearney 1:45:36 (33rd MV), Audrey Healey 1:45:39 (48th FO), Mary Welsh 1:46:22 (11th FV).