Alnwick Tri Club
On Saturday, 10 Alnwick Tri Club members were in action in the Gr8Events Aquabike and Sprint Tri at Ellerton Lake in Richmondshire.
It was a combined event of an Aquabike (750m swim and 40km bike) and a Sprint tri of 750m swim, 20km bike and 5.5km run.
Everyone started together as the swim was 750m and the bike was still combined for the events as the sprint tri competitors did one lap of the 20k bike course and the Aquabike competitors carried on to complete two laps of the same course.
The triathlon ended with a 5.5km run through the lanes and road by the lake while the Aquabike finished with the extra lap on the bike then the cyclists had to dismount and run their bikes 100m to cross the finish line.
In the triathlon, twins Charlotte Dodds and Victoria Curry battled it out in sibling rivalry with Charlotte 20 seconds ahead starting the run, but Victoria had a great run to finish just over 30 seconds ahead in the third female slot.Charlotte finished fifth woman so well done to them both.
Steve Thorne was taking part in his first triathlon, but suffered a double puncture when a lorry got too close and pushed him into the verge. He is fine but had to run the bike home and that was the end of his race.
In the Aquabike, the grudge match was between James Bolam and Ian Simon. Unfortunately the celebrations of passing his A-Levels must have impacted James’ performance as Ian lead out of the water and then put more time into James on the bike to come in second overall with James three minutes back in third place.
Next to finish for Alnwick Tri was Jock Bolam who finished sixth overall and also cycled faster than his son, then Stu Bruce who recently competed Ironman UK, cycling the ninth quickest of the day.
Tracey Sample was then first of the Alnwick Tri females to finish, second female overall, and had even passed all the women doing only one lap of the bike course with just the eventual Aquabike winner (Tyne Tri’s Lindsay Turnbull) ahead at the start of the second lap.
Kate Murdoch was next to finish for Alnwick Tri, having had a tough month where she has raced every weekend, including the very tough Rippon Standard distance tri.
In her debut for the club, Sophie Atkinson finished the 40k bike in a brilliant time, considering it was literally only the fifth time she had been on a bike, having started training with the club just a couple of months ago.
It was a cheap and cheerful race which had the added dynamics of having swimmers and cyclists in different races mixed together so it felt much busier than the results suggested and not having to run after a 40km bike was an amazing relief to those doing the Aquabike.
Results: Victoria Curry, third female, 1:27:43; Charlotte Dodds, fifth female, 1:28:18; Steve Thorne, DNF. Gr8 Events Aquabike: Ian Simon, second male, 1:20:30; James Bolam, third male, 1:24:17; Jock Bolam, fifth male, 1:27:50; Stu Bruce, 12th male, 1:36:00; Tracey Sample, second female, 1:38:02; Kate Murdoch, seventh female, 1:48:15; Sophie Atkinson, ninth female, 2:04:09.
On Sunday, seven Alnwick Tri members took part in the inaugural Spanish City Sprint Tri at Whitley Bay comprising a 750m sea swim, 20km bike and 5km run.
The sea conditions made the swim very challenging. The wind and tide meant that the swim to the first buoy was easy enough, but completing it became a battle. Even though the distances were correct, the competitors swam for half as long again as expected with the slowest competitor taking nearly 40 minutes– unheard of in a sprint tri.
Neill Jobling was first home from the club in 10th place overall then a few minutes down, the remaining Alnwick Tri members all finished within five minutes of each other.
Gary Hall, having done an Ironman distance race in June headed this field with Lisa Williams who out-ran Denise Drummond finishing in fourth and fifth place females, second and third in the 40-49 category, just 24 seconds apart. Splitting them was Graeme Leathead.
Marie Drodzowicz finished as first female in the 50-59 category a further minute-and-a-half back with Kim Redpath just another minute down.
Lisa and Marie’s results were made better by the fact they are not swim specialists, but overcame the tough sea swim to get their results.
Results: Neill Jobling, tenth male, 1:12:37; Gary Hall, 58th male, 1:21:55; Lisa Williams, fourth female, (second 40-49), 1:22:42; Graeme Leathead, 63rd male, (eighth 50-59), 1:22:49; Denise Drummond, fifth female, (third 40-49), 1:23:06; Marie Drodzowicz, seventh female, (firth 50-59), 1:24:25; Kim Redpath, 11th female, 1:26:53.