Gordon Irvine completed in the Stockport Aquathlon on saturday evening with a 850m swim and a 5k trail run he finished 2nd overall.
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On Saturday Ian Hawkins, Sarah Wells, Natalie Scott, Hayley Brewis, Eliot Bentley and Linda Hones travelled to Bray Lake Water-Sports Centre in Berkshire for The Big South Swim.
Taking part in both the 10k and 5k challenges they arrived early for registration and eagerly prepared for the racing to commence. Just after first light the 10k challenge was underway with the 5k starting shortly after. Bentley and Hones, opting for the 5k, were first home out of the six. Bentley was 10th Male home in a superb time of 1:16:51 and Hones wasn’t far behind as 16th Lady in 1:37:07.
With the 10K race still in progress Wells and Hawkins swam on, having trained together they spent the race very close. Wells came home as 4th Lady in a fantastic time of 2:43:24 with Hawkins following closely behind as 10th Male in an equally impressive time of 2:44:04. Coming in as 9th Lady Natalie Scott was next in with a great time of 3:24:38. Hayley Brewis came in 12th Lady despite having very little time to train, and recorded a solid time of 3:35:37, reconfirming her Ironman status.
Two members made a splash and dash at The Great East 5k open water swim on Saturday afternoon. The event staged at Alton Water saw Mick Lowther and Carolyn Stewart battle it out with 164 swimmers, some elite, some just doing it for fun. Lowther had a strong swim to finish 99th overall and 9th in his age category (40-44) with a tremendous 1 hour 32 minutes 42 seconds with Stewart hot on his heals recording 1 hour 33 minutes 20 seconds finishing 28th female overall.
On Sunday three club members took on the sunshine at the Walden Sprint distance triathlon. The race which is based at the Lord Butler Leisure Centre, Saffron Walden saw 117 triathletes line up for the 400 metre pool swim, 25K cycle and 5k off-road run. It was the consistent Eugene Husband that crossed the line first for the club. Husband who was second overall in last months Newmarket triathlon continued his fine form to finish 5th overall and second in his age category (40-44) with a creditable 1 hour 12 minutes 01 seconds. Hayley Brewis put on a stunning display in the ladies race to clinch 5th overall and first in her age category (50-54) stopping the clock on 1 hour 31 minutes 16 seconds with Ian Storey having a strong race to finish in 1 hour 39 minutes 10 seconds.
Club member Eugene Husband was the only competitor flying the flag for Great Britain last weekend as he flew out to Tenerife to take part in the Santa Cruz de Tenerife Olympic distance triathlon.
With weeks of training in the rain and wind, Eugene thrived in the 21 degrees heat. A field of 220 triathletes lined up for the 1500 metre sea swim, 40k cycle and 10k run. The sea swim, which took place in the bay, proved no problem for Husband as he exited the water in a time of 25 minutes 03 seconds. The long run to transition gave him plenty of time to visualise a strong bike and with the roads closed to traffic and thousands of spectators lining the streets Husband took no prisoners as he stormed around the flat fast course in an impressive 1 hour 06 minutes 32 seconds. With 10k left to run, he put the hammer down and cruised to the finish line in 27th place overall and 7th in the veteran age category with a super time of 2 hours 12 minutes 37 seconds.