• Results June 2013

    Another fine month of racing for thetrilife.com athletes!

    Joseph Buels made his first outing of the season a good one in the Ashford Sprint Tri, finishing in 1:24:07. Amanda Benstead, having already qualified for the World Duathlon Champs last month, also kicked off her triathlon season in the Marlow Sprint and finished a pleasing 3rd in her age group in 1:40. (coached by Liz)
    Thom’s athletes were busy this month and all posted impressive results. Heather Rees was 3rd in her AG 50-54 at the Dambuster Triathlon. Simon Abeledo headed out to Turkey for the European Championships and placed a fine 8th in his AG 40-44. His other AG results were Bristol 10th, Nottingham 22nd, and Grendon 7th. Andrea Fawell 21st AG 45-49 Outlaw Half. Justin Kelly 13th and Joanne Kelly 16th AG 30-39 at the Thorpe Park sprint. Ian Smith was 28th 35-39 AG in The Beaver Tri 5.56.20. Well done all!
    Another coach who had a lot of athletes racing was Dean. Jo Gundle is now AG 50-54 middle distance Champion. Jo completed the Beaver Tri in 5.12.12. Dai Woodsford was an impressive 9th overall at Bala Middle Distance in 4.29.59. Darren James was pleased to knock 41 minutes of his previous Middle Distance time at The Marshman in 5.38.49. John Donnelly raced at Blenheim Sprint 1.35.47 then still had the energy to travel to Wales for the Dragon Ride the following day. Matthew Dawes came in under 11 hours in the Coeur d’Alene Ironman in 10.54.17. Steve Priest and John Borton can now proudly call themselves Ironmen! IM Nice for Steve in 13.03.22 and IM Austria for John in 10.24.10.
    Ross Simpson had a couple of Welsh wins. First he won the Mumbles Triathlon by several minutes in 1.22.40 and then also had a clear win in the Pembrokeshire Coast Tri in 2.15.56 which has a long bike and extremely tough run. Robert Baker raced superbly in both the European Championships, just missing a medal in 4th AG 45-49 in 2.03.04 and Dambuster 5th in his AG in 2.07.46. Jane Lewis was also in action at the European Championships and was an impressive 10th in the Sprint, AG 45-49 in 1.14.12. Another good performance at the Llandudno Sprint Tri, 8th in AG 1.24.24 will hopefully see her qualify for the Worlds later this year. Rachel Trout raced strongly at the mid week Dorney Sprint in 1.17.34. (coached by Andrea)
    Vicky Holland has had a good June recording some great results despite preparation blighted by illness. She won a silver medal in the European Elite Champs in Alanya, was 1st in the Blenheim Elite and 5th in a very competitive French Grand Prix. At the World Long Course in Belfort (over a duathlon as the swim was cancelled) Claire Hebblethwaite was 16th AG and Darren Robinson 49th AG. Claire also ran a 5k PB of 21:59 recently. Stu Cottee braved the Maratona, one of the World’s toughest Sportives in the Italian Dolomites, dragging himself over some big passes whilst Glenda Goscomb had a flyer in IM Brazil with 11:36 3rd in AG 55-59 with a 3:54 marathon. Mike Hannay was 5th overall (1st AG) at Bexhill Sprint and still finished a respectable 18th in his AG at the Dambuster (National Age Group Champs) despite enduring several mechanical issues. Anne Jones finished a very creditable 12th in her AG at Wimbleball (6:43) in her first 70.3 on a horrid day and is still suffering from nerve related issues in her hands due to extreme cold on the bike. Dave Kay and Tomas Motyka were both in action at the Wiggle Olympic Distance Tri and Berlin 70.3. Dave finished 5th and 27th in his AG and Tom 16th and 80th in his AG. Damian M had a rough day at Windsor toughing it out for 60th in his AG feeling sick all the way around while Taco Brink had a much more positive experience in the sprint race and was a creditable 5th in his AG with a PB. Finally Paul Waters despite a recent run injury managed 13th overall in 4:56 at Grafham Water middle distance. (coached by Dan)


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