Cheltenham Ladies dominate. Cheltenham Triathlon club turned out in force on Sunday to race the double sprint triathlon and sprint triathlon in Worcester. Sally Freeman was most impressive with an overall position of 2nd in the women's race, with Emma Godstone hot on her heels in 3rd. In the men's race Ollie Hilton was 4th overall and Simon Clarke 5th.
On the hottest day so far this year the Double triathlon consisted of a 1500 metre swim followed by a 54K bike and finishing with 11k run off road. The swim provided early relief from the heat and the gruelling bike course was raced before the real heat set in. Not so for the run by which time the sun was beating down, so lots of water poured over heads was the order of the day.
The swim was two laps of the top barn lake with buoys in a W- shape to avoid the weeds round the side of the lake. The bike course was a 2 lap course which was a very undulating, challenging, but ultimately beautiful course. The run was 2 laps, mainly off road, hilly, and crossing varied farm land. After the bike course the run felt hard but it probably was a combination of the heat and tired legs from the other two disciplines.
The Cheltenham Ladies once again did CTC proud with 3 prize winners. Sally Freeman was 2nd lady overall in a time of 3 hours 8mins, Emma Godstone was 3rd Lady overall in a time of 3hrs 22mins and Sue Bathgate was 6th Lady overall and 1st Ultra vet lady in a time of 3 hours 25 mins. Katie Blackbird also raced in 3hours 39 mins and Torie Clarke in 4 hours 6 mins.
First Male home from Cheltenham Tri Club and in 4th overall position was Ollie Hilton in a time of 2 hours 48 mins, closely followed in 5th position was Simon Clarke in 2 hours 49 mins. Jez Preston Jones was 4th V40 in a time of 2 hours 50mins. Gareth Blackbird was next Cheltenham Tri man in with 3hrs 02 mins, followed by Neil Hudson 3hrs 12 mins and Steve Yarnold 3hrs 30 mins.
In the sprint distance race David Symes was 24th in 1:30:59, Lloyd Giles came 64th in 1:41:02, Tom Cantle close behind in 1:41:54 and Audrey Healey in 2:04:57.