The last two weekends have been busy for club member Tracey Apperley. Last weekend she travelled to Newbiggin by-the-sea in Northumberland to tackle her first sea swim triathlon – a 750m swim, 23k bike and 5k run which she finished in a very creditable 1 hour and 38 minutes. Not content with just one sea-swim of the year Apperley then travelled to Clacton-on-sea last Saturday for the Clacton Sprint Triathlon. The eastern region championship event saw hundreds of triathletes line up. With choppy water and blustery winds on the bike Apperley put on a stunning show completing the 750m swim, 20k bike and 5k run in 1 hour 35 minutes 59 seconds, meaning she finished 6th lady overall and second in her age category.
Staying in Clacton-on-sea, last Sunday was the day of the Olympic distance triathlon. Father and daughter combo, Peter and Parris Williams took on the 1500m sea swim, 40k bike and 10k run, putting on some fine performances. Williams senior fresh from completing his first middle distance triathlon just last weekend pulled clear from his daughter during the bike section of the race, and with an impressive run along the seafront promenade he clocked an impressive an overall finishing time of 2 hours 28 minutes 31 seconds, 12 minutes quicker then his time recorded from last years event. Daughter Parris showed she also has what it takes. Rubbing shoulders with some of the best female triathletes on the circuit, the 23 year old from Isleham finished an impressive fourth lady overall with a personal best of 2 hours 35 minutes 33 seconds .
Six members of the club competed in the StNeots triathlon. Linda hones took on the standard distance of a 1500m river swim, 40k bike and 10k run. Showing the youngsters how its done, the 51 year old scouped her second age category win of the season with a fabulous 3 hours 04 minutes 31 seconds, team mate Rachel Compton taking on the distance for the first time crossed the line in 3 hours 11 minutes 28 seconds.
Taking the shorter distance of a 750m river swim, 25k bike and 5k run, new member Gordon Irvine cruised round the course to finish 4th overall and first in his age category in 1 hour 12 minutes 43 seconds, hot on his heals was Eugene Husband was awarded another age category win with a time of 1 hour 13 minutes 18 seconds, fast enough for 6th overall. Mick Lowther using the race as a warm up ahead of next weekends triathlon in Hyde Park stopped the clock in 1 hour 21 minutes 53 seconds with Fran Rust completing her first race in 1 hour 38 minutes 29 seconds.
Leaving the wetsuits at home for a change, two members took on the swimming pool triathlon at Great Dunmow. The popular end of season race saw hundreds of triathletes battle it out in the 400m swim, 23k bike and 5k run. David Grover showed strong form finishing 12th overall and second in his age category with an impressive 1 hour 10 minutes 35 seconds, followed by veteran member Malcolm Daines-Smith in 1 hour 24 minutes 23 seconds.