p>While I'm easily old enough to remember the (in)famous winter of 1963 - couldn't get to school for a week - and I'm certainly not saying that we've had such a prolonged spell of snow and sub-zero temperature as then it's definitely been one hell of a messed up season this year. Here we are, just a few days away from the start of Summer Time, and I'm having serious conversations with a race organiser about how we can add in an untimed zone so people can wrap up before starting the bike section. And that's after a weekend where both days saw races cancelled or postponed and those that did go ahead were seriously down in numbers as people did the sensible thing and stayed home and warm. Of course, with the stories going round the media about the gas running out next week how warm we'll be next month is another matter...
So, in the world of multisport the what did actually happen this weekend?
Well I'll skip right past the news from both XTERRA Guam and Ironman Melbourne as John has covered these in great details HERE and HERE - although it is great to see yet more GB talent coming to the front.
The Scots showed us all how to do it with the Wee Triathlon where despite route changes, trees brought down and snow they still managed to put on a race. Jamie Maxwell and Judy Warlaw took the wins and the full results are HERE with a report due shortly.
A phone call from one of our timing crew indicated that they might be having a snow-related problem at the Trail Plus Cumbrian Commotion as he couldn't get the van out of the village but a delayed start sorted that (and allowed the competitors to get there as well!) and there are some lovely pictures on their gallery page. Adventure racing looks fun!
The Mumbles Duathlon also went ahead on Saturday and James Hockin (Celtic Tri) topped out the field with Catherine Marks taking the women's race. Full results are HERE, the sprint race results are HERE.
Come Sunday the postponement and cancellation list had grown significantly but they still managed racing at the Stokesley Duathlon where Fergus Roberts (redvenom) and Jessica Bacon (York Triathlon) claimed the wins in the main race, results HERE, while Jack Willis (Tri4u Coaching) and Clare Fearns were the front runners in the novice event, results HERE.
The Goodwood Duathlon featured racing around the motor circuit which is pretty exposed and must have been a very chilly place indeed. Sean Scott (Brighton Phoenix) and Fay Cripps (Southdown Bikes) won the longer event, results are HERE, wile Mal Rose (RAF Triathlon) and Caitlin Stewart (Chapel Tri Stars) were the top competitors in the sprint race. Results for this and the TriStars races are also on the DBMax site.
And, almost unbelievably given the conditions, the Avon Aquathlon went ahead. James Barber (Andover Tri) and Michelle Noble (Zoom) took the honours and you can get the full results HERE.
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!