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Euros, Nationals and Club Champs

It was an exhausting weekend (June 21st and 22nd) for many at Rugby Triathlon Club with some representing Great Britain in Austria, some trying to represent GB in the national championships and even more aiming for glory in the club’s very own Middle Distance Championships.

The weekend kicked off with the European Sprint Distance Championships (750m swim, 20k bike, 5k run) in the well-known Austrian ski resort of Kitzbuhel. Here, local Rugby businessman Lawrence Webb, competed in his first representative GB race coming 42nd in his age group (40-44) in a time of 1:17:42. Mike Smallwood gained a podium place coming second in his age group (65-69) in a time of 1:25:40.

Meanwhile back in the UK, Ali Moult surprised herself by coming third in her age group at the National Olympic Distance Championships (The Dambuster, Rutland) and gaining an automatic GB entry into the European Championships in 2015. Ali completed the 1.5k swim, 42k bike and 10k run in 2:25:07. Tamara Hardman, also third in her age group (45-49), posted a time of 2:34:15 and Kevin Sexton completed the race in 2:32:43.

On Sunday in the heat nine members took on the challenge of The Avenger, the club’s chosen Middle Distance Championship race. The beautiful weather was great for the supporters at Ragley Hall in Alcester, but it added an extra dimension to this tricky race comprising a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike and a 13.1 mile run. Tony Johnson bagged first place in his age group and Rod McGowan a third in his. The full results were:

Tony Johnson                                 1st V60                                                6:16:39

Rod McGowan                                 3rd V45                                               5:30:50

Phil Scott                                        5th V45                                               5:40:29

Garry Haynes                                  9th V45                                               5:58:32

Ross Wearing                                  14th V40                                             5:52:56

Paul Askquith-Ellis                           17th V30                                             6:39:09

Carl Williams                                   V40                                                    7:25:59

Chris Longman                                V35                                                    7:32:57

Naomi Leugs                                   V30                                                    8:13:47

Lastly, Greg Ashley joined over 1,000 others to compete in The Wall an Ultramarathon race from Carlisle Castle to Gateshead Millennium Bridge. Greg finished this on and off-road race totalling 70 miles in 14:40:59 coming 125th in his age group.

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