Team Trisports Dil Wetherill (pictured)travelled to The Netherlands as part of the GB age group team for the ETU Cross Triathlon European Championships at Kijkduin beach near The Hague. The 1km swim was daunting in big waves and heavy surf and was followed by 29km of mountain biking featuring long stretches of sand and technical sections in the wooded dunes. The run also featured even more sand on the beach and through the dunes and proved a tough test for already tired legs. Wetherill was an excellent 5th in M45 age group in 2:25:35 and he now looks forward to racing the Worlds at the same venue in 2013.
Continuing the off road theme four Team Trisports members raced a wet and muddy Box End Evening Tri Series event with Jon Wilson coming in first in 01:09:11 (10th overall). Steve Rust 19th in 01:12:57, Darren Greene 20th and Tony Shortland 22nd
Ian Mackerness was 2nd overall and age group winner at the Maldon Standard Distance Triathlon in a time of 2:14:41 an agonising 6 sec behind the winner. Mackerness had led out of the swim and held top position on the bike with the lead changing hands twice on the run.
Tony Ward also competed over the standard or Olympic distance and finished the Ripon Triathlon at Ripon Racecourse in 2:24:04
Brenda Bozwood Davies was W65 age group winner in 1.24.33. at the Thame Sprint showing age is no barrier to improvement with a time 3 minutes better than her previous best in 2010
Leslie Andrew travelled to the South of France to get away from the rain and to race her first Ironman over the iconic Nice course. Despite unexpected 40 degree temperatures she finished in an excellent 13:52 and now has the taste for the distance and will be back for more
Mark Beaver also went up a distance to swim the Asia to Europe Intercontinental Swim Race. Promoted by the Turkish Olympic Committee, the 6.5k swim featured a favourable current allowing Beaver to complete in 1:02:15
Keeping it local fourteen riders took a day off from competition to support the inaugural Willow Foundation Sportive. The charity cycling event was organised by former Team Trisports member Carol Young and featured the founder, Arsenal legend Bob Wilson who welcomed each finisher with a high 5.
Richard Thomas, Brian White, Mick Humphris, Mark Harris, Sam Tophill, Kate turner, Keith Cockburn, Ben Ready, Mike Russell, and Tony Shortland took on the 60 mile event with Steve Harrison, Mark Grayson, Steffan Ford and Tim Smith opting for the 100 mile route.
photo credit Keith Perry