It was a big weekend for Hitchin-based Team Trisports as their club championship got underway on Sunday at the Big Cow Sprint Triathlon.
Held in and around Milton Keynes’ Emberton Park, and held over a race distance consisting of a 750m swim, 20km bike and 5km run, there were a number of great performances from the 34 club members taking part.
First home for the club, in an excellent 11th overall, was veteran athlete Ian Mackerness. His blistering time of 1:04:53 was just over a minute ahead of Welsh Wizard Steffan Ford who crossed the line in 1:06:00 dead.
And fresh from his great Ironman Lanzarote performance, veteran Rob Wilson rounded out the top three in 1:06:50.
In the women’s championship, Anna Holden showed a great performance jump from last year by finishing first female for the club in a time of 1:18:20.
Naomi Woodland also showed good progress on her 2010 season by finishing just 31 seconds behind Holden in 1:18:51.
And finally, veteran athlete Jackie Perry took the final podium spot in the women’s championship to stop the clock at 1:21:12.
Full results: Ian Mackerness (1:04:53), Steffan Ford (1:06:00), Rob Wilson (1:06:50), Chris Baxter (1:08:50), Mark Harris (1:09:58), Dil Wetherill (1:09:49), James Bedford (1:10:57), Sean Storey (1:12:51), Tony Ward (1:12:58), Dave Welch (1:15:24), Mike Russell (1:15:56), Richard Thomas (1:17:33), Sean Bradley (1:17:50), Chris Priestley (1:17:58), Anna Holden (1:18:20), Tony Shortland (1:18:45), Drew Lowrie (1:18:51), Naomi Woodland (1:18:51), Ross Riddleston (1:18:53), Jon Wilson (1:19:11), Andy McPherson (1:20:28), Steve Moakes (1:20:32), Keith Cockburn (1:21:00), Will Long (1:21:10), Jackie Perry (1:21:12), Elodie Levis (1:21:42), Tim Smith (1:23:11), Heather Storey(1:24:38), Zoe Bentley (1:26:43), Anna Priestley (1:27:22), Steve Mussett (1:29:13), Alyson Sprawson (1:30:50), Liz Wood (1:31:29), Brenda Bozwood-Davies (1:47:14), Sophie Gore (DNF).
Elsewhere; Gavin May and Kate Turner looked to put the finishing touches to their Ironman Germany preparations by competing at the Weymouth Middle Distance Triathlon.
And proving that all their hard work is paying off, May secured a superb top ten finish, and 2nd in the 40-44 age-group, with a time of 4:16:41 and Turner also finished 1st in her age-group in 4:52:55.
On Wednesday, Richard Thomas also continued his Ironman Germany preparations by competing in the Stevenage 10 Mile Cycling Time Trial and showed that his training has been paying off as he came home 7th overall and first for the club in a time of 27:29. James Bedford and Shawn Reader also took part and set times of 28:12 and 30:23 respectively.
The club’s Steffan Ford was in action on Bank Holiday Monday as he finished a fantastic 17th overall at the Hatfield Broad Oak 10k in a truly impressive time of 35:40; as was Mark Harris who recorded a new PB time of 36:18 at the BUPA 10k, which was held on an Olympic test venue.
Also on Bank Holiday Monday, Naomi Woodland took part in the Rubis Road Race, held in Jersey, and completed the 40 mile event in 1:57:00.
And finally, Sean Bradley competed in his first road race with a ‘Crit’ race at Hillingdon and finished in the pack.