Another action packed weekend for club members who were out in force at events on Saturday and Sunday. It all kicked of on Saturday morning with Linda Hones and Sheila Shead flying the flag at the National Water Sports Centre in Nottingham. Both triathletes took part in the sprint race which consisted of a 750 metre open water swim, 20K cycle and 5K run.
With the race being used as a qualifier for the 2014 ITU world championships and the 2015 European championships competition was hot. Hones who has been in fine form continued to race in style in the 50-54 year age category crossing the line in 1 hour 20 minutes 50 seconds. Team mate Shead put on a good show in the 60-64 age category despite suffering cramp and parting company with her bike, stopping the clock on 1 hour 39 minutes 37 seconds.
Sunday saw four members step it up a gear in the Outlaw Middle distance event. Also staged in Nottingham all four members showed true strength and courage to take on the 1900 metre open water swim, 56 mile cycle and then a half marathon (13.1 miles) run. It was girl power all the way for endurance queen Angela Girgis. Girgis who is famous for her Iron man efforts cruised round the course in 5 hours 18 minutes 11 seconds, finishing 18th female overall. Sarah Wells taking on the distance for the second time shaved a massive 17 minutes off her time from last year, recording a creditable 5 hours 39 minutes 40 seconds. The clubs very own swim coach Julian Ferries also put on a brave battle. Ferries, who has been nursing a hamstring injury had a strong swim and cycle but unfortunately his hamstring got the better of him during the two lap run. This didn’t stop him finishing his first middle distance event in a superb 5 hours 45 minutes 34 seconds. Jake Woolf who has been going from strength to strength over the last year put in yet another solid performance to finish in 6 hours 4 minutes 14 seconds.