A veritable mixed bag of races over the last May Bank Holiday weekend – who said running events were last season! In the mix we had some fantastic London League results, as well as some great triathlon / multisport performances!
Total Motion Aquathlon
Down in Tooting, in the tropically warm waters of Tooting Bec Lido, a gaggle of our club took on the latest race in the London League season – the Total Motion Aquathlon. Racing were: Haukur Heimisson; Martin Bruwer; Rob Argles; Sarah Watts; Alex Courage; Alexie Calvert-Ansari; Rhys Davies; Tom Masters; Shane McCauley; James Green; Lizzie Matthews; and, Christina Jenkins (Archer).
Haukur came in first for the club, finishing in just under 32 minutes, claiming 3rd overall, and 3rd in his category. Shane, followed swifty on Haukur’s heels, a mere 15 seconds later, and winning his category, with Martin taking the 3rd podium place!! Then came our third podium placer, James, also winning his category!! CJ also smashed it for the women, winning her category too!!! And completing a barrel of podium wins, both Rob and Rhys won gold in their categories too!!!! And that’s not to discount our other three racers – Tom coming in 10th, in a very competitive race category, and Alex and Sarah both just missing out on podiums!!!!! At this rate, some very prestigious London League metalware is coming the club’s way!!!!!!!!!
Edinburgh 1/2 & Full Marathon
Up across the Scottish border (still traversable ahead of us returning to an agrarian economy), a number of the club were stretching their legs at the Edinburgh Marathon Festival (offering both half and full distance events). Racing were: Emma Guthrie; Chris O’Neill; Ben Harrison; Borja Portos; and, Theo Robinson.
In the full event, Borja Portos came in first for the club, nearly breaking the 3hr barrier. Ben notched up a sub 3hr 40min finish time, Chris sub 4hr, and, Theo sub 5. And in the half, Emma Guthrie produced a solid sub 2hr 20min finish. Some great running by all!
Croc8 Running Race
Over in Herefordshire (a part of the UK that combines cider making with special forces training – a kind of weird scrumping black comedy in the making), club members Xavier and Ursula Faux took on the Croc8 run. They claimed 10th and 36th overall (out of a field of 306), with Ursula just missing out on a podium. Brilliant run tourism!
Running Grand Prix (Half Marathon)
Meanwhile, at Mercedes Benz World (a fine sounding venue for endurance racing…), our very own Lloyd Seaman ran a half marathon. Not only did he nearly go sub 1hr 20min, but he claimed first place overall!
London Vitality 10k
In the latest 10k to take in London’s tourist hotspots, 4 of our club were running: Pierre-Elliott Roussel; Rob Carder; Stephen Flexer; and, Julen Diez Rodriguez.
Julen came in first for the club in just under 33 min. Everyone came in well under 50 minutes, with Rob clinching a PB in 42 min, and Pierre a PB in 45 min!! Great running all!
Forestman (Middle Distance)
Racing in the stunning setting of the New Forest (easily the best Middle Distance location in the UK), Gina Siebler was out racing. A solidly paced swim, bike and run had her finishing in a PB time of 7hr 4min, and a 3rd place in her category!!
Marlow Sprint Tri & Half Aquabike
F3 Events continue their great multi-sport events based in and around the idyllic Thames town of Marlow, with a range of distances and formats. Sophie Kirk was racing the sprint triathlon (a walk in the park compared with her longer distance reputation), and Chris Brown was back from injury, racing the Half Iron Aquabike.
Sophie finished 3rd overall, in 1hr 20min, claiming a win in her category, and first woman home! Chris followed suit in the longer distance, and proved he is back on form, also finished 3rd overall and grabbing a silver in his race category!! Great racing both!
Meanwhile, in the Southwest, Euan Lees was racing the Hokey Cokey Swimrun event in Cornwall, dubbed the county’s toughest multi-sport event. Reputation was at stake, having won the pairs title last year.
In Euan’s own words: “Well, we were 15 minutes faster than the previous year (when we won!) but this year were narrowly beaten by a 2XU sponsored team. The long course that we did was in total 5km of swimming and 14km of running across 11 stages. Same course as last year when it took us 2:57.” – [This year they finished in 2:42!]
“Interestingly Team Bonza who won the Mixed Pairs were ex-FOT husband and wife team Tristan and Emily Roper (who met at FOT in the very earliest days of the club).”
Castle Tri Series – Lough Cutra
The latest event in the Castle Tri Series was held at Lough Cutra in Ireland. Our very own Eimear Toomey was out racing. For someone who once hated the swim, she says: “it was grand… 15 degrees… I picked a really good line, so was mid pack coming out”. Eimear then proceeded to eat up the competition on the bike, finishing 2nd female overall, and winning her race category!
Tribe Trail 10k, Half & Full Marathon
The Maverick trail run series made it to Wormsley in the Chilterns this weekend. Offering various distances, we had 4 of the club out racing: Stefie Woodward; Jessica Rice; Krista Kojecky; and, Jonathan Furuya.
Claiming a podium win in the short distance, Jessica finished in just under 1hr 6 min. Stefie wasn’t far behind, finishing in 1hr 13 min. Krista, racing the half, notched up a great sub 2hr 40min. Whilst, Jonathan went for the long event, finishing in 4hr 30min. Great running everyone!
Finally, down at Barry Island in Wales, membership secretary Colin Frew was racing the SWYD sprint triathlon.
With a finish time of 1hr 21min, it looks like he raced well. Welcome back to competitive racing to Colin!!
Lastly, I said that we would start getting club members to write about their own race experiences. Our first is from new triathlete Megan Whewell, for whom last weekend’s Eton Sprint race was her first taste of triathlon. You can read all about it here: https://fulontri.club/my-experience/my-first-triathlon-eton-dorney-sprint-megan-whewell/
And, that as Porky Pig might say, is all folks. If you raced and you’re missing from the above you can still email me at [email protected], and, more importantly, you can even do this before future weekends. In fact, most of the above did do that – via email, messenger, Facebook and, importantly, the Race Calendar.