Cheltenham Triathlon Club
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2010 Race Reports

Cam Running

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.

Silver and Gold for Mary Welsh

On 6th June Mary Welsh competed in the BTF National Sprint Championships held at Emberton Country Park near Newport Pagnall and organised by Big Cow Events.

Conditions for the race were excellent with an early mist keeping temperatures comfortable and cool after the heat of the previous few days.

The 750m swim took place in a weed-free, clearish lake and the 20K cycle was a circular route through undulating lanes and some pretty villages in the Buckinghamshire countryside. The 5K run was a flat two laps round the lakes in the park.

Mary completed the course in 1hr 39 mins and came second in her age group (Cat M 65-69) to win the silver medal.

Mary is pictured with gold medal winner, Georgina Jennings.

On 23rd May Mary competed in the Scottish Championships held in Strathclyde Country Park, near Glasgow and close to Hamilton where she lived before moving to Cheltenham.

In contrast to Emberton conditions were very hot with temperatures in the 80s but this had the advantage of raising the water temperature to 18.2 degrees. The cycle section was a demanding, hilly four lap course and this was followed by an out-and-back run of 5K by the edge of the loch with a few short, steep sections.

Mary completed this race in 1hr 46secs to take the gold medal.

Women Only triathlon

11 members of Cheltenham Triathlon Club competed in the Women Only triathlon held at the Keynes Country Park near Cirencester on Sunday. The threatened rain held off and conditions were perfect for some good times.

In the Sprint event Sally Freeman was the first home from the club, coming an impressive 11th overall (2nd in her age group), completing the 750m Open Water Swim, 20km bike and 5km run in a time of 01:11:34. Particularly impressive as Sally had completed a half ironman only a week earlier.

Sue Bathgate won her age group and was 16th overall in a time of 1:14:12, with Sarah Roberts also posting a good time of 01:16:00 (23rd, 4th in age group). Right behind Sarah in 01:17:22 was Karen Hilton who was 5th in the same age group, 28th overall.

Elizabeth Haigh made the top 50 (coming 43rd overall, 6th in her age group) with a hard-fought 01:20:37, and Lesley Oliver 52nd and Abi Hawman 55th fought it out with just 20 seconds separating them (01:22:01 and 01:22:21 respectively).

The remainder of club competitors were Gail Beddis (71st, 5th AG) 01:25:25, Torie Clarke (95th, 23rd AG) 01:31:13, Rebecca Eden (105th, 16th AG) 01:49:47 and Helen Yarnold (107th, 8th AG) 01:54:54

CTC had one competitor in the novice event, Dawn Carroll, who completed the 200m swim, 20km bike and 2.5km run in 01:03:35, finishing 16th overall and 4th in her age group.

Pictured are: Back row L-R: Rebecca Eden, Sarah Roberts, Karen Hilton, Sally Freeman, Gail Beddis, Dawn Carroll, Abi Hawman, Sue Bathgate Front Row L-R: Helen Yarnold, Lesley Oliver, Elizabeth Haigh, Torie Clarke.

Ladies cycle skills workshop

Starting early on Saturday morning the Lake 12 session for open water novices had 11 takers and on hand were the coaching team of Karen, Simon, Sue, Guy and Jane who accompanied each of the novices round an exploratory lap of the Lake, followed by a serious bit of swimming. The no longer novices now know all about why they need 2 pairs of goggles on race morning, how to put them on so they won't be knocked off and the conclusion was "EZ, what's all the fuss about?"

Saturday evening at St Edwards saw Colin and Paul putting 8 of the entrants to our race on 24 July though their paces in a new initiative started last week, whilst Simon was running the session for club members who can't make the Saturday morning lido session (which was coached by Lucinda) and Bri was videoing one of our "frequent swimmers" to analyse their stroke both over and underwater.

Sunday morning saw the Ladies' Cycle Skills workshop which started in the Lido car park, working on hitting the apex when cornering and how to take your shoes off on the bike as demonstrated by Sue. With the help of coaches Lucinda, Karen and Ellie this was followed by a ride round Gretton with repeats on the Bugatti Hill. Then a return over Cleeve Hill, which allegedly was described in most unladylike language.
Cheltenham Tri Club would not be where it is today without the dedication of all in the coaching team.

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