Last weekend, club members Maxine Lane and Chris Jones travelled to the Isle of Wight to take on the islands challenging 600m pool swim, 35k bike and 7.5k run triathlon. It was a close contest for Lane who went head to head with the islands favourite Nina French. French who competes for the country certainly made Lane work hard. Going head to head in the water French took the lead over the extremely hilly bike course. Not letting French out of her sights Lane finally pulled clear during the run stage of the race. Having to race hard from start to finish, Lane eventually won the ladies race in a time of 1 hour 53 minutes 12 seconds, just 6 seconds clear of French. Meanwhile Jones, who has competed in a series of challenging races this season finished his last triathlon on a high. The tough hills and strong headwinds on the 35k bike course seemed a breeze for him as he stormed around the course. Heading into transition, he was still fresh and ready to go, putting on a stunning display on the run route. He completed the course in 2 hours 10 minutes 43 seconds, good enough to see him finish 12th in the 50-54 age category.
Super endurance athlete Angela Girgis took on yet another tough event, the first ever Gauntlet Half Ironman race at Hever Castle in Kent. The 1900m river swim, 56 mile bike and 13.1 mile run would usually be a walk in the park for Girgis as she quite often goes twice that distance in Ironman races. But this was her toughest half ironman to date. The river swim saw the triathletes suffer in the water at just 14 degrees. Exiting the water with a superb 33 minutes, she then had 2 laps of extreme hills to contend with. Not letting the hills grind her down she found herself in a strong position in the ladies race as she headed out on a half marathon cross country run. With mud and gravel to race through, she used her endurance skills to her advantage, crossing the line in 6 hours 02 minutes 25 seconds, meaning she was 9th lady overall and first veteran lady.