Saturday's contribution to the world of self-inflicted suffering came from the Brooks HellRunner 'Hell in the Middle' at it's new home of Trentham Gardens near Stoke on Trent. No stranger to the world of oddly-clad folk swimming, biking and running, the Gardens offered up their less pristine side for the thousand-odd folk who thought that a bit of cross-country was in order. Three river crossings, numerous slippery hillsides and somewhere between 10 and 12 of those country miles later it was Samuel Pictor (Birmingham University Tri Club) who triumphed with a 4:18 lead over second-placed Oliver Rodwell. BUTC would have nailed a double but Stephanie Brookes (BollyDollies) made it home ahead of Sophie Tabor to claim the women's prize. Full results are HERE.
The ITU Oceania Cup sprint race in Geelong saw Bryan Keane (IRL) pick up eighth place but Emma Pallant (GBR) didn't complete the run on her first outing at this level of competition. Results are HERE.
First in with a set of domestic results was the Cirencester Off-Road Duathlon where Crispin Doyle (Hargroves Cycles-Specialized-Trant-Next-Elliotts) and Fay Cripps (Southdown Bikes CC) were the winners in the longer race with James Williams (Wells City Harriers) and Sheila Brock picking up the shorter distance event. Full results are on the DB Max site HERE, we'll pull a local copy once they are all ratified.
The re-scheduled Westhill Duathlon, part of the MPH Winter Duathlon Series, was won by Terry Christie with Helen Miskelly picking up the women's title. Full results are HERE.
Richard Smith reports from the Damp Dash Aquathlon that Trowbridge Hot Chilli Tri athlete Tom Ballard posted a strong swim and then chased down Simon Fry and Neil Sinclair who had set the early pace in the pool to take the men's Enduro race. A similar race unfolded in the women's Enduro, with Kelly Stennkamp running hard to come home first after Adele Parham had set the early pace in the 1km pool swim. In the sprint race Hot Chilli Tri again took the honours in the men's race with a great performance by Dave Walder, which was even more impressive having just got off a flight from a ski trip! In the women's sprint race, series leader, Kristie O'Connell stormed to another win posting the fastest swim of the day and a strong run to finish in fourth place overall. We are still waiting for a full set of results, check back later in the week.
We're still waiting for news from the Wadenhoe Quadmire (although we do know that Jez Cox won that one).
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!