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From Dartford to the Lakes...

A huge weekend of events for our Rugby Triathletes despite more troublesome weather!

Greg Ashley and Christine Broughan completed the Midnight Man, a full distance triathlon that goes through the night! A unique event that is everything but scenic or varied! The event takes place on a dual carriageway and industrial estate in the shadows of the Queen Elizabeth II bridge at Dartford. In addition to the “scenery” the bike course consisted of 26 laps on a dual carriageway with a few 180 degree turns for fun, the run was 8 laps of an industrial estate! The winds were strong enough that the bridge was close to being shut which increased the difficulty of the day. The mentally tough course and conditions were only made more so with the 6pm start. Christine had a little sleep while running, it was about 7am after all! Both raced really well, Greg to his 10th and “final” full course event and Christine to 1st in her age group!

The weather was no better in the Lakes at the Brecca Buttermere swimrun. Rugby Triathletes were involved in 2 teams, Jack De Bokx and Neal Whitford formed a Rugby Triathlon Club team and Nic Smith raced with Lisa Melvin. The poor weather forced organisers into some route changes, reducing the run by 4km and the swim by 2km and removing the biggest climb. That is not to say the event became much easier! The event still involved 33km of running and 4km of swimming in the Lakes. Conditions in the Lakes were very wet and windy, hence the change, creating running sections that weren’t much drier than the swim sections. Nic and Lisa finished as the 6th female pair. Both pairs were very much sold on the swim run experience too!

Josie raced to an age group victory at the Dorney Lake Sprint Triathlon based at the boating lake. Maybe more impressively she avoided the wind and rain as well. A great start to Josie's season, even if there are only a few weeks left until it’s too cold to be out there!

Making a return after giving birth and illness club captain Claire Walker competed at the Cotswolds Aquabike. The whole club are pleased to see the cap’n out competing again and hopefully she’ll be able to get a full season of competition in next year.

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