Saturday morning saw the first of the six-race OWS Aquathlon Series at Liquid Leisure and as well as a full set of results (HERE) the organisers included a quick report to get the weekend off to a good start.
On a cold and windy May Bank Holiday weekend a brave few entered the water at Datchet for the Open Water Swim.co.uk Aquathlon Series Race 1. Leading by example race organiser and Aquathlon World Champion Richard Stannard lead out the swim followed by 2011 series champion Deon Coetzee. Leading the women's race was Michaela Furlong, a first timer at the OWS Aquathlon Series, followed by Sue Dyke. Rounding out the top three out of the water was Thames Turbo's Tom Higgins for the men and Bridget Langford for the women.
On the run, despite some very cold hands and feet, Richard and Deon ran similar times to finish just under a minute apart. Richard's 27:11 is well within Deon's capabilities - watch out Richard! Finishing third and fourth on the day, but second and third for the race and series prizes were Tom Higgins and former series champion Mat Clarkson. Posting seventh overall, and first lady home, Michaela produced a great time of 33:10 in the cold conditions. Bridget took second place, in her first OWS Aquathlon, and a minute behind with a great run to finish third was Aimee Billington.
The first race in Galeforce Events Box End Mass Start Swim series had to be postponed because of conditions at the lake which, due to the recent rain, has now merged with the river! The organisers, who were also forced to cancel their season-opening triathlon last weekend, are re-arranging the event for May 19th, see their website for details.
It's unclear whether a three-legged man would be contravening any of the triathlon rules but the Isle of Man Tri Club staged their annual Microgaming Sprint event anyway! Full results are HERE.
The Three Spires Series of races had its first outing and thanks to Stuart Steele's results service you can get a full set of them HERE.
Sunday started (for some of us) at 3:45am with the reassuring 'pitter patter' of rain falling in West Sussex but that didn't stop some pretty quick racing at the Steyning Triathlon. Full results for the Long race are HERE and for the Short they are HERE. Raw Energy's Mick Dicker has sent us this report now he's managed to dry out some kit.
Raw Energy Pursuits had another wet one at the Steyning Triathlon and despite the rain not being too heavy, the 5° temperature meant conditions were going to be tough. Apart from a couple of cases of (mild) hypothermia, most of the Standard distance race coped well with the conditions, although the removal of bike helmets in T2 wasnÃ�ï¿½Ã�Â¢Ã�Â¯Ã�Â¿Ã�Â½Ã�Â¯Ã�Â¿Ã�Â½t so easy. The 800-35-8 course saw the fastest swims of the day set by Team Raw EnergyÃ�ï¿½Ã�Â¢Ã�Â¯Ã�Â¿Ã�Â½Ã�Â¯Ã�Â¿Ã�Â½s Mark Davies (11:35) and Wendy Martin from Born2 Tri (13:48). Evergreen Tri UK athlete Peter Younghusband clocked the fastest bike (54:15) but that was not enough to hold back eventual winner from Brighton Phoenix Tri, Thomas Hopkins who stormed round the undulating rural market town in sub-29 minutes to win in 1:37:53. Sharon Young from Virgin Active Brighton overhauled Martin's lead on the bike and run to win in 2:05:07. Third place positions went to new boy Gary Brind from Southdown Bikes and Supervet Debbie Evers from Brighton Phoenix Tri.
The early season Sprint (400-18.5-4.6) is always a tight affair and this year was no different. A bunch of athletes were vying for the fastest swim but it was Met Police TriÃ�ï¿½Ã�Â¢Ã�Â¯Ã�Â¿Ã�Â½Ã�Â¯Ã�Â¿Ã�Â½s Mark McLeavery who was first out the water in 5:27. Five of the top ten swimmers were from Tuff Fitty Tri Club. Horsham Amphibians Triathlon's Chairman and organiser of the new Vachery Triathlon Festival, Mark Davis tore through the field on the bike which was enough to secure third place and first Supervet. However, the overall winner was Gary Laybourne (SLH Tri) in 53:06 who pipped last year's winner Christian Faires into second. The most impressive performance of the day was by Torq Fitness's Louise Bardsley who added to her rise up the ranks by easily winning the female category but also finished seventh overall Ã�ï¿½Ã�Â¢Ã�Â¯Ã�Â¿Ã�Â½Ã�Â¯Ã�Â¿Ã�Â½ 2012 looks like being a good year based on this season's results. Nicola Boyd was second in and Gabriella Coates from Crawley Tri Club third.
The Marshman Middle Distance race was hit by the recent weather with the swim section was replaced by a 5.3k run. Full results are online HERE. The Mini Marshman event also replaced its swim with the same 5.3k run and results for that are HERE.
A brief report from the organisers: From a high of 15° on Tuesday to 12° on Saturday we really hoped that we would get a swim of some distance for both races but on Sunday morning the senior BTF official measured the water at an average of 10.4° so swim was cancelled and replaced in 30 minutes by a 5.3k run for both races. At such short notice the only marshalls we could get were the water-safety team who were then dotted around the course still in their bouyancy jackets and boots!
The race then continued as planned with the 92k bike and the 21k run. First over the line but racing as a guest (no awards collected) was Manchester-based pro Joe Skipper, who also was at Tri-Star Cannes last week-end when the swim was - cancelled! Second over the line was Deal Tri's Mark Whittaker but he was DQ'd as he had accepted outside help (a complete wheel to replace his split tube - from the parents of eventual second placed Dan Sims). So eventually the top guy on the podium was Oliver Milk, with Dan Sims second and Jon Bond in third. The ladies were led in by Anna Murawska in 4:57:35, Sara King in 5:00:07 and Sarah Lovelock in 5:01:46.
Hillingdon Triathletes staged another of their duathlon events at the Minet Park cycle circuit with the adult results HERE and the TriStar results HERE.
Human Race kicked off their Speedo Open Water Series with the Speedo Spring Swim at Poole in Dorset. Looks like a few hardy triathletes took part with quite a few triathletes took part with Lucy Chittenden third overall in the 1500m, Chris Hine of TF Bath winning the 1000m and his sister Ellie winning the 500m overall. Results are up on the Human Race website HERE.
They ran a standard distance triathlon up in Selkirk as part of the BSLT Series but, being sensible folk, it was a pool-based one! Full results are HERE. Also in Scotland was the Midlothian Sprint, also a pool-based race, and results for that can be found HERE.
Monday saw a much drier (but just as early) start for the Thames Turbo race at Hampton Pool, the second in their traditional series of four Bank Holiday events. The provisional results are linked HERE. For an event this well established - it's been going well over 25 years - it never ceases to amaze the referee how many people happily disqualify themselves by riding through the traffic lights. And it's not just novices... Still, some animals had the right idea: as soon as the last swimmer had left the pool a pair of ducks took to the water and happily swam up and down the lanes!
Mallory Park, a venue perhaps more associated with motor racing, hosted sprint and super-sprint races organised by DB Max. Results can be found on their website HERE. Headline results for the Sprint race were:
||Andrew Shipton (Tewkesbury Triathlon Club) 0:59:04
||Claire Shea-Simonds (APEX RT) 1:06:08
||Duncan Shea-Simonds (APEX RT) 0:59:19
||Alice Sharpe (Cambridge Triathlon Club) 1:07:09
||James Turner (Bridgtown Cycles) 1:00:33
||Ruth Harris-Rush 1:16:46
Click below for links to all the results from this weekend, and remember, where you see the triVIEWER icon, you can re-live your race in graphical simulation form!