Six hardy soles from Alnwick travelled to Nottingham to take part in the Outlaw HalfIronman. The event, which comprises a 1.2mile swim followed by a 56mile bike and 13.1mile run, is one of the most competitive half ironman races in the country.
TheTurnbulls Trio’ of Mark Turnbull, Dan Turnbull and Peter McEwan were racing toraise money for The Brain Tumour Charity.
Although Dan had previously completedan Ironman, for Mark and Peter this was their first half-ironman and one for whichPeter learnt to swim. All raced well with Dan, even with a significant foot injury,crossing the line in 5.32.59 and Mark in 5.55.30, Peter came in at 5.23.22, includingan impressive rookie 43minute swim.
Finishing the boys’ line-up were Ian Horsleyand Stuart Bruce, racing for Alnwick Tri Club. Ian, a keen cyclist who has onlyrecently taken up triathlon, finished in 5.33.43 and Stuart finished in under sevenhours at 6.59.57.
The only female representative was Felton-based Venda Louise (Vee) Pollock, anAlnwick Tri Club member and Harrier. Vee, in only her second half ironman distanceevent, crossed the line in 5.06.10 coming third in her age group, sixth woman out of262, and 152 nd overall from over 1100 finishers. Knocking almost eight minutes off herprevious best, this was all the more remarkable as Vee suffered serious injuries aftera bike accident last summer and only returned to full training in Spring. This caps a promising start to the season which has seen Vee position herself as one of the strongest female TT cyclist in the region, racing for Amble-based Breeze Bikes Racing Team, and follows her first overall tri win at Ashington Sprint Triathlon earlier in May.