Written by Heather Mayer
Wow, what a weekend of racing! Maybe we were inspired by the Commonwealth Games, maybe it was the Hell of the North that got us going, or maybe we just got a bit of spring fever after seeing the sun for the first time in weeks on Thursday and Friday, but both close to home and abroad, Ful-on Tri members were out in force on two feet and two wheels.
To start the weekend off, on Saturday, Cristian Marcos Ayuso and Katie Ferraby took on the CTS Exmoor half-marathon, one of the tougher CTS races with over 2,500 feet of climbing.
On Sunday, Jackie Curley ran her first race since she “obliterated” her knee almost a year ago, completing the Bratislava Half Marathon and nailing her target time.
Closer to home James Hamilton ran the Grand Union Half Marathon.
Sandy Reid and Chris Brown both raced the Regent’s Park Half Marathon.
Over in Wimbledon, Luke Hardman, Janice Hardman and Bryan Canty ran the Wimbledon Common Half Marathon. Despite what Luke says was a very muddy and waterlogged course and a tough race, Luke and Bryan managed to take 1st and 2nd respectively in the V35 category.
And just up the river Euan Lees, Tom Scott, Will Manns, Rob Argles and Ed Challes all ran the Fullers Thames Towpath Ten. Although there was no beer won this year, nevertheless all five guys had very strong runs.
At the marathon distance, Archie Myrtle ran the Paris Marathon, while Jack Bishop ran the Manchester Marathon and earned himself a new PB and Andrew Feeney-Seale ran the second half to help pace a friend.
Chris Clarke took on Centurion Running’s South Downs 50 mile race including 5,700 ft of climbing, completing it in an impressive 9 hours 35 minutes and 25 seconds, well within his goal of sub 10 hours.
On two wheels, Katie Ferraby also completed the Yeovil Sportive (what a weekend for Katie!).
Finally, Kersten Mogull, Andrea Sala, Jon Saunders, Jon Green, Phil Roker and I all headed out to Great Missenden early Sunday morning to ride our bikes around a 25-mile time trial course and eat cake. A special mention goes to Kersten for completing her first TT (we hope of many!), and to Jon Green for posting the fastest time overall, covering the 25 mile course in 56:50.
Well done all for a fantastic weekend of racing!