Friday night saw round 3 of the Spring in the Park race series at Cyclopark. MedwayTri juniors performed well including a podium position in the U14 girls with Sophie Painter finishing a fast paced race with a strong sprint to claim 3rd place. Also in this category were Hannah Mitchell 4th, Katie Painter 7th and Megan Ormiston 9th. In the U10 girls Gabriella Horne rode with determination to stay with the pack and finish 4th and in U12 boys her brother Oliver Horne came home in 5th position. Oliver Curd rode strongly achieving his highest position to date at Spring in the Park taking 4th with Matthew Howson in 13th in the U14 boys.
A random selection of Medway Tri juniors travelled to London on Sunday 14th May to take part in the Crystal Palace Triathlon at the National Sports Centre. The centre was basking in sunshine which was a welcome change to the moist conditions experienced at the Spring in the Park bike races on Friday.
A huge entry list started with the youth event first, Lilly Gibbs winning by over a minute for the girls to continue her fine start to the season.
Tristar 3 event was next, both boys and girls setting off together in each age group.
After a swim in the olympic 50m pool it was out to the cycle where a hilly course of 8k was completed before the 2.4k run ended on the athletics track through the sausage shaped finishing arch.
For the boys, Olly Curd came Second followed by Matthew Howson in Third, both having a very good swim and bike. This was Matthews first ever podium at a triathlon showing some real improvement after a hard winters training. Owen Hollands completed the line up in 12th with a great run despite it being very warm inside the athletics track by the time he had finished.
The TS3 girls had an equally good event, Katie Painter having a brilliant cycle through the course to end up second. Megan Ormiston came fourth after a great run whilst Sophie Painter came sixth. Hannah Mitchell came twelfth with a good swim and run. Enya Gibbs rounded off the Medway Tri girls with 28th place, all of them beating some very good London Series triathletes.
TS2 were up next, Oliver Horne and Finn and Louis Ashford representing Medway Tri. Oliver didn't put a foot wrong with slick transitions and a strong run to finish second. After a problem in the bike transition with Finn and Louis' bikes becoming tangled together in the racks they both put it behind them to finish 27th and 44th respectively in their first ever triathlon. Louis and Finn said despite some challenges they really enjoyed the event.
The TS1 competitors had to wait poolside for a while whilst some cyber problems with timing were rectified, adding to the already tense and nervous wait for the start but they coped with it well. With the stadium temperature increasing more and more the three Medway Tri girls ran like antelope at the end of their swim and bike, Lauren Mitchell winning by two seconds. Gabriella Horne came fourth and Lucy Rowse finished sixth, continuing her excellent second season in TS1.
The juniors have a break from racing for a few weeks until the Dartford Bridge Triathlon in June.
East Grinstead Triathlon
The Classic East Grinstead Sprint Triathlon including a 400 meter Pool Swim, 26km Bike though Forest Row and Hartfield on a challenging undulating course and a 5km run round the historic centre of East Grinstead was the first race in the Triathlon England South East (TESE) Region Club Senior Series for 2017, which follows the same format as the successful 2016 Senior Series. The Senior Series comprises of four team competitions and consists of 5 events from around the South East region, with the best club team score from 3 events counting, except the ‘mob’ competition where all five events count. More than ever it is about taking part and the representation from members for their clubs rather than a few talented individuals dominating these events.
MedwayTri wanted to prove why we deserve our title of ‘South East Club of the Year 2016’ by supporting these events with a strong participation from its members. We were out in full force with 11 members competing and claiming four 1st place Age Category winners.
First across the line from MedwayTri was James Amy who apart from suffering health wise managed to finish in an amazing 1:09:05. Followed swiftly by Gary Richards who displayed some excited nerves at the beginning due to this event being his first ever sprint triathlon, he finished in 1:10:20 and claimed 1st place in his age group (M40-45). Next home was Steve Beaney who has been recovering from an ankle injury inflicted earlier on in the year, but still managed to impress with a time of 1:13:01 followed closely by Nigel Lynch (1:13:51). The ladies followed next with Jenny Wallace coming in 2nd place overall, unfortunately her timing chip malfunctioned and they were unable to award her with 2nd place, however she did receive 1st in her age category instead (F25-29). Andri De Wit secured 4th overall and 1st in her age category (F40-44) in an impressive 1:21:51, followed by Jo Hovenden who suffered with a bike malfunction still managed to finish in 1:26:47. Sarah Easton finished in 1:26:49 and won 1st place in her age category (F35-39). Megan Wherry also recovering from an injury finished in 1:37:07, followed by Dan Alvin (1:32:24) and Liz Sim (2:16:58). An excellent show of hard working athletes with some valuable points earned for the club!
The balearic island of Mallorca, host of the Nirvana IRONMAN 70.3 Mallorca, is well known as a training paradise for triathletes from all over the world. MedwayTri’s Ed Lawson competed in the Half Iron Man (1.9km swim / 90km bike / 21km run) finishing in an impressive time of 5:20:47.
Lanzarote Open Water 3.8km Event
MedwayTri's Head Coach Dean Ratcliffe and fellow member Neil Curd competed in an open water sea event in Lanzarote this weekend as part of their training for the upcoming IRONMAN. They swam the 3.8km sea swim with around 200 open water swimmers. There was an option of a 1.9k swim which Neil wanted to do but was talked into the 3.8km swim in preparation for next week’s IM. It is the same 2 lap course with a run out and dive back in at the end of the first lap as in the IM.
Neil was pleased as punch he swam clear of the crowds and got a 63min swim and Dean found some fast feet and got a 52min PB. He said "I definitely won't be swimming that hard next week. It was as hot as hell".