Shropshire Triathlon, which is sponsored by TriUk, starts with a 1500 metre open water swim in Lake Mere, out of the swim the competitors cycle a 40km challenging bike ride which is both fast and undulating ranging over very pretty countryside in and around Ellesmere. Once the bike course is finished it is then onto a very hard out and back run on closed lanes and although picturesque it is difficult for the tired runners to get into a good running rhythm because of the hills.
Ellie Millington from Cheltenham Tri Club stormed home to be first Cheltenham lady home and second in her age group 45-49. Ellie is in the final stages of training for Roth Ironman which will be on July 10th. As the Shropshire Triathlon was a Age group World Olympic triathlon qualifying event Ellie qualified in her age group in a time of 2:29:43. Sue Bathgate, second Cheltenham Triathlon lady home, was first in her 60-64 age group in a time of 2:36:35, she also had a qualifying position for the age group World championships in Beijing. Third Cheltenham lady and fourth in her age group was Mary Sietsma in a time of 2:41:59. Hazel Everett also from Cheltenham Tri had an amazing race and was also fourth in her age group in 2:45:08 as it was her first Olympic distance open water triathlon. Gail Beddis unfortunately had to DNF on the run with effects from a virus.
First Cheltenham Triathlon man home was Doug Waymark 35-39 in a time of 2:17:00 and 11th in his age group, close behind him was Kevin Ord 45-49 in a time of 2:19:51 and 16th in his age group. Andy Monaghan had a very respectable time of 2:21:40 and 19th in age group. Tim Cavanagh 50-54 also competed in a time of 2:26:14 14th in his age group and Graham Beddis 50-54 was over the moon with his result as he was 16 minutes faster than the previous year in 2:47:43 19th in his age group. Tim Cavanagh 50-54 also competed in a time of 2:26:14 and 14th in his age group.