It has been a busy and successful mid-season for our triathletes, with a number of standout performances.
Four Hemel teams battled it out in a busy field of 56 at the Regional Spring Distance Relay Championship at Box End Park in Bedford on the 9th of August, where a Hemel team of Ruth Grint, Hayley Oates and Emma Jones of Shire’s Triers won the women’s event in 3:53:02. The men’s team of Stephen Burgess, Martyn Wisken and Felix Langley finished 8th in the men’s race and 11th overall in 3:33:59.
At the London Brik triathlon in Stewartby on the 26th of July, Hayley Oates won the 25-29 agegroup in the sprint race in 1:17:24, following up her agegroup win at the St Neots Triathlon two weeks earlier. Mike Dixon returned from injury to win his agegroup in the same race in 1:24:17. The standard event saw an explosive swim of 23:36 from Stephen Burgess, who won his agegroup and finished 11th overall with 2:08:48. Carol MacDonald and Sandra Mogan both finished second in their agegroups in Standard and Sprint races respectively.
At middle distance, Martyn Wisken competed in the long distance Triathlon Alpe d’Huez on the 31st of July, finishing in 09:24:23. The race included a brutal bike leg that took him over the Alpe du Grand Serre and Col d’Ornon before climbing the fabled 21 hairpins to complete the half-marathon run leg in Alpe d’Huez itself.
Carol McDonald has focussed on middle distance this season competing at the Cowman event in Milton Keynes (6:55:37) on the 5th of July as well as the Monster Middle in Ely on the 16th of August (6:13:25).
September’s world finals in Chicago now beckon for a number of the club’s agegroup athletes, with Michael Donovan, Ruth Grint and Mike Dixon all due to take part. Richard Hardy will compete in the World Duathlon Championships in Adelaide in October.