Last weekend was a busy one for racing, with some superb results from Wrecsam Tri athletes!
Llandudno Sea Triathlon was held on Saturday, with much better weather than last year (well, could it have been worse?) and reports of sunburn. The course is never going to be easy, with a challenging sea swim, four windswept laps of the Great Orme on the bike and then the out-and-back run over the Little Orme which, when your legs are tired, looks and feels like a sheer cliff on the return, but the views of Llandudno and the run back down the prom to the finish are fantastic. Congratulations to all, especially Paul who came home with the Category Win in the Sprint event.
Saturday also heralded the inagural Trail Marathon at Coed y Brenin, with ½ and full marathons around some awesome routes over firetrack, trails, mud and Tarmac, with a nasty climb in the last miles. Rob's report on the Forum is well worth a read.
Rob Jones 4:58
Kim Norman 5:13
Claire Ballamy 2:35
On Sunday, the Shropshire Triathlon, Ellesmere, was the UK Championships and a World Championships Qualifier, so some of the country's fastest amateur triathletes were racing for honours. Along with them, a small group of Wrecsam Tri joined the fun in this excellent, well organised race held on a great course (and with the best post-race food anywhere!). The overnight heavy rain led to a muddy transition area but, apart from a cold and wet section on the bike course, the weather was good in Ellesmere so the supporters enjoyed some great racing. Pete "The Norminator" Norman won the M75-79 age group, beating the youngsters in the 70-74 age group as he did so.
But the cream of the crop has to be Ian Houston's epic Celtman Challenge long-course, mountain triathlon. Held on Saturday, this race was a 3.8km sea swim, 202km mountainous bike and a full mountain marathon, including two Munros. Ian's pre-race report mentioned that he had to get to T2 withion 12 hours to be able to go on to complete the full, mountain course and be awarded the coveted blue T-shirt; he made it there with hours to spare. After a steady swim, he ate into the field, climbing from 40th at the 30 mile mark to finish 15th (from a start list of 150) in an amazing 14hrs 8 seconds. A blow-by-blow text commentary from Houston Jnr is on the forum, here. And, to top it all off, he celebrated his 17th wedding anniversary on the Sunday. Congratulations on both, Ian!