For some people, the August bank holiday is a chance to unwind and soak up the last rays of summer with friends, barbecues and beers. For Ful-on Tri, the August bank holiday is more about seeing how much swimming, biking and running one can fit into 72 hours. The answer seems to be a lot.
First up on Saturday, Mark Nielsen, Katie McCready, Herve Vignalou and Richard McManus all raced the Vichy 70.3 in unseasonably not-ridiculously-hot weather. The team took home 2nd in the Tri Club competition. Mark had a great race, securing a 5 minute 70.3 PB despite a time penalty for missing the dismount line, while Herve had a tougher time due to some cramping on the run, but nevertheless finished strong. Well done all!
On day 2 in Vichy, Katie Ferraby took on her first full distance Ironman. Katie pulled off a solid race, posting a sub-12 hour time on her first go at the distance.
Over in Austria, the scenes at Zell-am See were, well, as though Christmas came early, but without Santa Claus, eggnog, or any presents. As Marija, Walt, Katie and Faye woke up on race day and ran to the window to check the conditions, they were faced with a snow covered bike course, forcing the race organisers to ditch the bike and turn the triathlon into a Swim-Run. Nevertheless, they persisted. Well done to Marija Lasauskaite, Walt Rothon, Katie Marsh and Faye Sanders for some strong racing in the the Zell-am See 14.3 Swim-Run 2018. Not what any of them had expected or hoped for, but good racing was achieved by all. Onwards and upwards.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the Atlantic, Vanessa Gershanov and Antony Lindon raced at Ironman 70.3 Maine. Well done to both for some great racing, and hope you both managed to stuff your faces with lobster rolls at the end.
Back in Europe, Pete Moore raced the Villaviciosa Biathlon for the second year in a row, and for the second year in a row he had a great time and did not come last, so a fully successful bank holiday race.
And in London, the big action was at the Clash of the Tritons Aquathlon in Greenwich. The penultimate race in the London League calendar, this was a big one for us, and we did a pretty darned good job at it: it was a proper tussle between ourselves and Clapham Chasers for the Team Points and we managed to get the max. 100pts in the Men’s with Haukur leading FoT in 3rd place, followed by Euan (4th) and John (6th) beating Clapham’s 2nd, 7th and 8th. The Women scored 99 pts with Ursula leading in 27th followed by Jane (40th) and Sian (47th), only 5 places behind Clapham. In the Mixed competition we lost out to Chasers and the 100pts by a single place!! (126 to 127) and Chasers took the Mob Match honours with 13 racers to our 12. Congrats to all who raced: Haukur Heimsson, Euan Lees, John Borton, Rob Argles, Rich Harper, Martin Bruwer, Xavier Faux, Ursula Hankinson, Keiran Allen, Jane Osborne, Sian Joseph, and Nicola Buckmaster. And if you’re still keen to get involved, the last and final race of the season is on 16th September at the London Fields Lido. As you can see, we get points for every person who turns up and races, whether fast or slow, so if you’re keen to give it a go, get entering!
On the single sport front, well done to Vince Rowe who took on the Ultrak Zermatt “mountain” course, a 32km run with 2,000m of climbing around Zermatt, and to Julia Rowe-May, who raced the “Vertical”, a 2.3km timed climb up 655m of mountain. Closer to home, congrats to Lindsay Aqui on completing her first 25TT.
Looking ahead, make sure you get your entries in for the event of the season, the Club Relays on 9th September. It’s teams of three, and the format is sprint distance swim/swim/swim/bike/bike/bike/run/run/run – so you get a break between each discipline, so you actually can stop to have some tea in transition. Mostly, though, it’s a good day out with your club mates to celebrate the almost-end of the season.