Weekend Round-up 16th June 2019
The Club Olympic Distance Championships took place this weekend at the Birmingham Triathlon in Sutton Park. 20 club members took part in the closed road event getting to experience all 4 seasons during the few hours of racing, what a treat! Despite having competed in his first 70.3 event last weekend Matthew Glenn finished second overall in 2:09:02 and is the Male Olympic Champion for 2019. Nicola Smith took the ladies title finishing in 2:36:05, and 5th female overall.
Conditions weren’t great for fast racing with unseasonably cold temperatures and some very heavy rainstorms. The weather only added to the difficulty of the bike course with some technical turns and a questionable road surface not allowing anyone to relax. There were great performances throughout the club contingent with Craig Walker, Daniel Peabody, James Gibb, Derek Hoyle, Andrea Robinett, Marinthe De Bokx, and Anna Harrington all picking up podium places in their age categories.
Racing much, much further Tony Stinton completed the Lakesman triathlon, a long-distance event based in Keswick in the Lake District. With “less than ideal” training leading into the event Tony was worried about completing the event but he absolute smashed it in 13:47:56 adding another long distance triathlon to his Palmarès.
Sam Watkins went to foreign shores to compete in Ironman 70.3 Luxembourg. The unique event has the 1.9km swim in Germany, the 90 km bike ride in France and finishes with the 21.1 km run in Luxembourg, a truly European event!