Castle Combe ‘Chilly’ Duathlon
Fresh from her Parkrun Success the previous day, Lorraine Henderson was joined by husband Guy in Wiltshire at the famous Castle Combe race circuit for her first experience of duathlon racing. Offering, traffic free and smooth roads around the bike course, it was easy to see why this popular course attracted over 300 entrants of all abilities. Sharing the experience through the 2 mile run, 10 mile bike and 2 mile run, Lorraine and Guy crossed the line in 1.11.17 and are already making plans to return next year to beat their times.
The culmination of a structured five week training schedule, Torbay Tri Club members ran a number of personal best times and produced improved times across the board at Torbay Parkrun. Having only introduced running to their training schedule this winter, coach Graeme Kay has deliver training sessions that has seen runners put through their paces around Paignton Green in the weeks leading up to this Parkrun and training towards target times. Across the 15 members there were six personal best times while three made their debut at the free event. Jon Pressling was first overall in Paignton while up in Exeter, Cathy Parkinson was first female.
Jon Pressling 17.29, Gary Burman 20.08, Glynn Hughes 21.04, Ian McClean 21.15, Graeme Kay 21.43, Cassandra Harrison 21.57, Paul Mulley 22.20, Hamish Renton 22.44, Charlie Harris 23.40, Sarah Lakey 24.00, Lorraine Henderson 24.37, Mike Davies 25.37, Alix Reynolds 26.33, Rose Parkhouse 29.33, Samantha Froggatt 32.58
Cathy Parkinson 20.59
Jo Coish 28.08
Cirencester Off-Road Duathlon – 12 November 2017
Trails, grass, mud and dirt – there was no need for a wetsuit or goggles when Torbay Tri’s Paul Mulley ventured to the Cotswolds for the Cirencester Off-Road Duathlon. No stranger to the off-road, multi sport scene Paul joined 170 racers at Cirencester’s Bathurst Estate as they took on the challenging 2 mile XC run, undulating 10 mile mountain bike course and final 2 mile XC run to the finish line. Even with such a short distance, this was definitely an event designed to get the legs burning and Paul’s bike strength resulted in a quicker time than expected, even with a couple of falls during the slippery run course. Crossing the line in 1.26.39, Paul finished in the top quarter of the field although it’s expected to take considerably longer than that to clean his bike.
Dartington Duathlon – 29 October 2017
A challenging end of season race, Torbay Tri Club members made the trip to the Dartington Duathlon to round off their season and came away with several impressive individual performances, personal best times and an individual display of great sportsmanship.
Offering competitors a choice of sprint or standard distance to challenge themselves over, it was those going long who headed off first to tackle the 2 lap run course before heading out on their bikes for a rolling course that truly tested the legs over 40k before a final energy sapping 5k back through the grounds of Dartington. With unfinished business from last year, new club member Gary Burman impressed by taking 8 minutes off his time from last year while Hamish Renton also put in a strong performance to sneak under 3 hours.
For those doing the sprint distance race, this involved a 5k run, 20k bike and 2.5k run, with the club’s top racer and GB triathlete, Tim Watson, taking a commanding lead from the start and producing the fastest run splits of the day to cross the line for first place. However, in a show of true sportsmanship and respect for his nearest challenger, having taken a wrong turn on the second run course and gaining a small advantage, Tim Watson declared himself not to be the overall winner at the awards presentation and self-relegated himself from top spot.
Further down the field and Russell Hart put his run strength to good effect for 13th place overall while Torbay Tri’s other GB representative, Graeme Kay, claimed the vintage vet category title. There was a race for the podium in the ladies field with Cassandra Harrison narrowly beating new club member Sarah Lakey to 3rd place in the V40 category while Rob Pressling claimed 5th in his age group against many younger racers.
Sprint distance results:
1st Tim Watson 1.07.25, 13th Russell Hart 1.15.51, 30th Graeme Kay 1.26.02, 48th Cassandra Harrison 1.30.30, 50th Sarah Lakey 1.30.52, 83rd Rob Pressling 1.43.32
Standard distance results
24th Gary Burman 2.49.51, 36th Hamish Renton 2.59.58
Frissen’s on two wheels
There’s no stopping Paul and Karen Frissen on two wheels as the pair have just completed their second cycling Sportive in as many weeks. Having successfully negotiated 36 miles of the Exmouth Exterminator, including tough climbs along the East Devon coast, this weekend saw them peddle beyond 40 miles on their first visit to the South Downs. The end of season event saw a challenging route spanning Hampshire and Sussex, with strong winds but thankfully no rain. The couple even got to experience their first timed hill climb.
Even though they are self-confessed novices at cycling events, the pair are already making plans for the standard route next year that covers 70 miles.
Midsomer Norton Sprint Triathlon – 24 September 2017
Cathy Parkinson rounded off an impressive season for Torbay Tri with 2nd place in her age group at the Midsomer Norton sprint triathlon. Starting with a pool swim, Cathy was soon out on the undulating bike course that took in the foothills of the Mendips before returning for the final 5k run to the finish. Cathy crossed the line in 1.22.16 to claim the runners up age group spot and also finish in the top ten amongst the ladies overall, against a strong field of 150 finishers.
Ironman Italy – 23 September 2017
Born in Wales, made in Torbay, Ironman in Italy
Swim 2.4 miles, cycle 112 mile, run 26.2 miles – Neil Downer has now been there, got the t-shirt and proudly earned the medal to become a triathlon Ironman. A relative newcomer to Torbay Tri Club, Neil spent the summer months training with other members as well as putting in the miles on his own to prepare for the biggest sporting challenge of his life. Come race day, Neil surprised himself with a sub ninety minute sea swim over the 3.8km course before leaving the fishing village of Cervia behind and onto the 180km bike route that passed through ancient historical sites. Returning for the little matter of a marathon between him and the finish line, despite the sore and heavy legs Neil set out to run as much as possible and was cheered on by his daughter Hollie. As day turned to night, Neil was able to comfortably achieve his target time of sub 14 hours to soak up the finishing line atmosphere in a very respectful time of 13.39.21 as a voice boomed out…Neil Downer, you are an Ironman!
Torbay Triathlon – 17 September 2017
Jon Parkinson and Cassandra Harrison have been crowned Torbay Tri Club’s champions for 2017 and were part of a strong club showing who also claimed several impressive podium finishes and age group titles at the Torbay Triathlon.
Bathed in sunshine and treated to perfect race conditions, over 150 people began with 400m pool swim at Clennon Valley pool before making the transition to a 15k lap on the Torbay Velopark. With plenty of support lining the bike course and spectators getting a close up view of the fast action as the triathletes raced by, home advantage on the track clearly helped the Torbay Tri contingent. With racers all starting at different times in the pool, it meant a race against the clock onto the 5k run course out on the fields as no one knew their final position until all racers had crossed the line. With the club’s championships also on offer, it was seasoned triathlete Jon Parkinson who was the club’s first male to finish and Cassandra Harrison claimed the female title. Elsewhere there were fantastic performances from the whole club, which included Jon, Wendy Urban and Terry Windeatt claiming age group wins while Cassandra and Rob Pressling also finished with 2nd places on the podium.
The triathlon was won by top junior triathlete James Alcock, who also trains with Torbay Tri, in a time of 48.07
Results: 9th Jon Parkinson 52.47 (1st V50), 37th Hamish Renton 58.36, 40th Cassandra Harrison 59.08 (2nd V40), 49th Ian McClean 60.14, 54th Simon Mills 61.09, 57th Wendy Urban 61.34 (1st V50), 74th Charlie Harris 64.27, 85th Pete Coish 67.11, 94th Terry Windeatt 68.39 (1st V60), 99th Rob Pressling 70.05 (2nd V60), 132nd Sam Froggatt 78.38, Jo Coish 80.58
Thorpe Park Triathlon – 17 September 2017
With the aim of sprint distance age group qualification for the European Championships in Glasgow next year, Graeme Kay and Frank Reay set off for Thorpe Park, with a battle to the finish line between the Torbay Tri duo. Unsurprisingly it was Frank who was the quicker of the two out the water on the 750m swim but the lead soon swapped over the 20k bike course before arriving back in transition together. Coming down to the 5k run and just a matter of meters between them, the lead once again changed several times before Graeme just managed to hang on and secure victory over his team-mate. It was a double cause for celebration for Graeme as he also secured a spot at the 2018 European Championships by placing an impressive second in his age group. Graeme will now join Tim Watson who has already won a place in Glasgow.
Results: Graeme Kay, Frank Reay
Weymouth Ironman 70.3 – 17 September 2017
Faced with choppy sea conditions and a big swell, Torbay Tri’s Rich Carus didn’t enjoy the best of starts to his day on the Dorset coast but was hoping that his sea legs would soon been replaced by a strong bike performance over the 56 mile courses. Unfortunately any hopes of this were dashed as Rich sacrificed his own personal achievement to assist with two serious bike accidents and help with traffic management. Despite losing significant time on the bike, Rich still enjoyed the event and was able to safely complete the final 13.1 mile run along the Weymouth seafront to cross the line in a respectable time of 6.33.28.
Plymouth Aquathlon – 10 September 2017
Staying local and making the short trip down the A38, Cathy Parkinson was Torbay Tri’s sole representative and came away with an impressive age group victory at Plymouth Aquathlon. Leaving her bike behind for the swim, run event, Cathy opted for the standard distance to race over which comprised of a 1500m swim and 10k run. Faced with choppy conditions in the water, it was no easier on land having to work hard against the wind to reach the finish line and claim her Super Vet age group win. Cathy finished in a time of 1.32.44
Perranporth Triathlon – 3 September 2017
Celebrating its 30th year, Perranporth triathlon is not only one of the oldest in the UK but is also regarded as one of the toughest. This year was no exception as 4 foot surf greeted racers, including Torbay Tri’s Lee Turner who returned for some more coastal action to test himself against. Despite a disappointing 1500m swim by his own high standards and battling the surf conditions, Lee soon found himself passing other racers on the hilly and arduous 38k bike leg that tested your bike skills through tin mining country. The final 7.5k run was no coastal jaunt as soft sand and granite cliffs drained any remaining energy before a return back along the beach to the finish line in Perranporth. Despite exiting the water in 137th, Lee passed over 100 people to claim a top 30 spot in 2.18.28
Helvellyn Triathlon – 3 September
No ordinary triathlon, over 400 people lined up in the Lake District and what event organizers proudly claim to be ‘one of the toughest triathlons in the world.’ Amongst those bravely tackling Helvellyn Triathlon were Torbay Tri’s Dave Pressley and Mike Davies. Putting friendship aside for a few hours, their day began with a chilly one mile swim in the crystal clear waters of Ullswater before dispatching of the wetsuit to take on the notorious 38 mile bike leg. Faced with challenging climbs, this is no easy ride and includes a 2.5 mile climb to the top of Kirkstone Pass and culminating in ‘The Struggle.’ Saving the hardest for last, the final 9 mile fell run incorporates going up and down Helvellyn which stands at over 3000ft. Understandably tired but relieved come the finish line, Dave was first of the pair back in 5.21.55 while Mike followed soon after in 5.31.24
Medals all round at Moor to Sea sportive – 2 September 2017
Gold, silver and bronze medals, along with personal best times, were the rewards for eight Torbay Tri Club cyclists who completed the 6th annual Moor to Sea cycling sportive.
Attracting over 600 cyclists from across the country, all riders set off early from Exeter Racecourse before winding their way down to the coast through Dawlish and Teignmouth and then heading inland to Kingsteignton. From here the course split between those heading up Haytor and onto Dartmoor for the grueling 65 mile ‘Challenge’ route and those cycling along the Teign Valley in the 37 mile ‘Inspire’ route. All cyclists were then reunited on the extremely tough final climb up through tthe narrow lanes at Doddiscombleigh and back to Haldon.
For those riders seeking an extra challenge there was the incentive of going against the clock and set times to achieve a medal standard at the finish while Haytor itself staged a timed section for a race to the summit.
First back in the Inspire route was Cassandra Harrison, closely followed by Rob Pressling as they claimed gold time standards for their ages. Paul and Karen Frissen, in their first Moor to Sea event, came in soon after to achieve their silver medals.
Four club members took on the longer Challenge distance and all came away with hard earned bronze medals and impressive times, with Hamish Renton taking a huge 45 minutes off last year’s time while son Rueben impressed also impressed as third U18 finisher. Wendy Urban and Cathy Parkinson were not far behind and supported each other with smiles right up to the finish line.
Inspire route – 37 miles
Cassandra Harrison 2.37.34, Rob Pressling 2.39.47, Paul Frissen 2.48.24, Karen Frissen 3.00.59
Challenge route – 65 miles
Rueben Renton 4.52.48, Hamish Renton 4.55.51, Wendy Urban 5.05.47, Cathy Parkinson 5.05.53
Portishead Sprint Triathlon and Dawlish Aquathlon – 19 August 2017
A triathlon debut for Lorraine Henderson and a podium finish for Andrew Gunther saw Torbay Tri Club represented on the north and south coast this weekend.
A new member to Torbay Tri, Lorraine chose Somerset’s Portishead Sprint Trithlon to make her multi-sport debut. Settling the nerves with a 400m swim in the open air lido, it was then onto a 25k ride that saw windy conditions make the hilly course even more challenging. Returning to transition, Lorraine then set off on foot for the 5k coastal path run before triumphantly crossing the finish line in 1.53.48
Closer to home and Andrew Gunther and another new Tri Club member, Sarah Lakey, took part in the Dawlish Aquathlon as part of the town’s carnival celebrations. Despite a relatively small field, Andrew still claimed an impressive top 3 finish while Sarah was pleased with her swim performance as both completed the 750m sea swim and 5k coastal run in sunny conditions.
Cotswolds Standard Triathlon – 12 August 2017
Torbay Tri’s Frank Reay was the club’s only representative at the Cotswolds Standard Triathlon. Having battled injuries through the season, Frank was pleased to put a solid performance together across the 1500m lake swim, 41k bike and 9k run. Starting the day with a lake swim, Frank then took to his strongest disciplines over the flat bike and run courses to cross the line in 2.34.27, finishing well inside the top half of over 200 entrants.
Reaching new heights at Alp d’huez triathlon
Torbay Tri Club scaled new heights as six members faced the challenge of France’s iconic Alp d’huez Triathlon.
Famed for its 21 switch bends on route to the mountain summit, its gruelling enough just as a cycling mecca but forming part of a triathlon and it’s an entirely different challenge to face. With a short and long distance race to choose from for the Torbay Tri group, the triathlon festival began with a child’s event that saw Josh Parkinson inspire the adults as he sprinted across the blue carpet in front of his proud parents.
Come race day Andy Longthorpe, Jon Parkinson and Patrick Roberts lined up with an international field to begin with a 2.2k lake swim that saw over 1000 racers enter the chilly glacial waters. Patrick led the trio out the water as they then took to the ferocious 118k bike ride which incorporated three mountain passes and ended with a race to the top of Alp d’huez itself. Beneath the blazing sun, the final 20k run covered trails and mountain paths before the glory of finishing on the blue carpet.
Andy Longthorpe 8.20.48, Jon Parkinson 9.03.13, Patrick Roberts 9.56.25
The next day it was the turn of the ladies as Rachel Longthorpe, Cathy Parkinson and Katharina Roberts tackled the short distance triathlon but which still included the Alp d’huez bike climb. Beginning with a 1.2k swim and then 28k bike, the final 6.7k run took runners on the same course as those in the longer event before the blue carpet finish. Supporting each other through the race, Rachel and Cathy crossed the line together while Katharina unfortunately did not complete the run.
Rachel Longthorpe and Cathy Parkinson 3.39.29
Podium positions for Torbay Tri at Geopark triathlon
Home advantage and perfect racing conditions resulted in Torbay Tri Club taking several impressive podium positions at the Geopark Triathlon. With a choice of sprint and standard distances, all racers started with an early swim in the calm waters of Goodrington before taking to the challenging bike leg that took them out on country lanes and plenty of plenty of hills to test the legs over one or two laps. With the heat and competition rising, the return to transition meant racers then had the challenge of completing a gruelling coastal path run course of 6k and 12k. Beneath the blazing sun, the run took competitors out to Broadsands and back for the sprint distance while those going long continued along the coast and then headed inland before returning over the hills to the finish.
In the standard race there was a race to the finish as Andy Longthorpe just held off a run charge from team-mate Jon Parkinson to claim 3rd place overall, with both Jon and Frank Reay claiming age group victories.
In the sprint race Lee Turner led home the team while Wendy Urban crossed the line as 3rd female and there were age group wins for Simon Mills and Julia Gow-Smith. New recruit Paul Frissen also produced a solid performance.
6th Lee Turner 1.43.38, 9th Simon Mills 1.47.46 (1st MV40), 18th Wendy Urban 1.54.59 (3rd female), 26th Julia Gow-Smith 2.00.25 (1st FV50), Paul Frissen 2.07.41, Charlie Harris 32nd 2.15.35
3rd Andy Longthorpe 3.02.51, 4th Jon Parkinson 3.03.15 (1st MV50), 24th Frank Reay 3.47.19 (3rd MV50), 29th Hamish Renton 4.04.10
2nd Rose Parkhouse 31.26
Dartmoor Classic – 2 July 2017
Amongst the thousands of cyclists who descended on Dartmoor this weekend, Torbay Tri Club were well represented across the three challenging distances, with many proudly completing the event for the first time. Months of training clearly paid off as several members achieved gold medals, with the medio distance of 68 miles attracting the largest number from the club. Having sacrificed his time last year to assist with a serious accident, Rich Carus returned as the club’s sole representative over the gruelling grande 107 route which took him out across the moors to Tavistock and back.
Behind the scenes and a team of helpers from the club also assisted over the weekend with registration, parking, finishing times and welcoming home the weary participants.
Graham Reynolds, Torbay Tri Club’s Chairman said:
“Great representation from our cyclists and excellent performances from everyone. I’ve received lots of positive feedback about the energy from those helping and we enjoyed being part of such a famous event.”
Grande (107 miles)
Bronze – Rich Carus 7.05.39
Medio (68 miles)
Gold – Jon Parkinson 3.52.01, Simon Graham 3.57, Nigel Fenn 3.59.57, Wendy Urban 4.03.08, Glynn Hughes 4.17.14
Silver – Jonathan Cowling 4.44.59, Lucy Goldsmith 4.44.17, Gary Brenton 4.50.42
Bronze – Cathy Parkinson 5.17, Rachel Longthorpe 5.17, Rose Parkhouse 6.07.38
Piccolo (35 miles)
Andrew Gunther 1.40.45, Peter Coish 2.12.43, Jo Coish 2.43.46
Silver – Sarah Addis 2.52.25
European Sprint Distance Championships – 25 June 2017
Months of committed training saw the duo of Tim Watson and Graeme Kay proudly represent Team GB at the European Sprint Distance Triathlon Championships in Dusseldorf, Germany. Competing in their respective age groups against the best in Europe, just to qualify was a huge achievement and both did Torbay Tri Club proud. As a relative newcomer still to triathlon, Tim produced an outstanding performance to claim a bronze medal spot on the podium by just 5 seconds and was also first British male in his 40-44 age group. Having already qualified for next year’s championships in Glasgow, Tim can start planning for further success closer to home. Proudly lining up for Team GB, Graeme put in a solid performance to finish 26th in his 60-64 age group, with strong bike and run disciplines the highlight of his day.
Tim Watson 1.09.17, Graeme Kay 1.24.40
Scillies Otillo – 17 / 18 June 2017
Taking a dip on the hottest June weekend on record is appealing enough but Torbay Tri’s top swimmer, Patrick Roberts, got to enjoy the best of the Isles of Scilly – all be it swimming between and running across them as part of the Scilly Otillo swimrun World Series. Facing the challenge of a total of 8km of open water swimming mixed with 30k of trail running, Patrick got to enjoy plenty of beautiful beaches, rugged trails and of course the sweltering heat which made completing the race an even greater challenge. A true test of strength and stamina, Patrick completed the course as part of a duo with Paul Clark in a time of 7h 52m for 88th place overall.
South Hams Triathlon – 11 June 2017
Torbay Tri Club made the short trip to Blackpool Sands and some challenging sprint distance action. An early start and chilly waters soon woke competitions up as they began the race with a 750m sea swim before an energy sapping jog up the beach to start the bike leg. With plenty of hills to test the legs of he 20k bike course, a flat burst along Slapton was also treated to breezy conditions. The was no letting up on the 5k run which comprised of several laps beside the sea before crossing the finish line. In his first sea swim triathlon it was one of the club’s new faces, Simon Mills, who put in a strong bike leg to lead the team of four home amongst a field of over 170 finishers.
Results: Simon Mills 1.28.53, Frank Reay 1.31.09, Gary Brenton 1.34.34, Cassandra Harrison 1.44.44
Race to the Tower – 10 June 2017
A double marathon through the heart of the idyllic Cotswolds, Torbay AC’s Jon Pressling completed his first ultra marathon. A test of physical endurance and mental strength, the route took in breathtaking scenery as it passed through quaint villages, woodlands and plenty of hills along 53 miles of the Cotswolds Way. With a blustery start soon turning to hot temperatures and then rain come the end, there was no hiding from the elements which added a further challenge to the event. Early on in the race Jon ran and chatted with 4x Ironman World Champion, Chrissie Wellington, for a memorable experience that added to the overall enjoyment of the event. Although slightly disappointed with his time of 11.26.14, Jon still placed 31st from 330 finishers. “One of the toughest races ever completed that broke me physically and mentally but highly recommended to anyone to take part.
English Sprint Championships – 4 June 2017
Having had a disappointing race by his own admission last time out, Torbay Tri Club’s Graeme Kay responded in emphatic fashion to take 3rd place and a podium spot at the English Sprint Champions at Thorpe Park. Having finished fifth in Southport a fortnight ago, Graeme blazed his way around the 750m lake swim, 21k bike and 5k run course to claim a hard earned bronze medal and place on the podium. With nearly 500 triathletes in action, Graeme completed the course in 1.17.42, as he now turns his attention to representing Team GB at the European Championships in Germany later this month.
Outlaw Half Middle Distance Triathlon – 21 May 2017
Returning to Nottingham for another outing at the Outlaw Half Middle Distance Triathlon, Torbay Tri Club’s top biker, Jamie Stevenson, lined up amongst hundreds of long distance specialist triathletes with the aim of going sub 5 hours, having narrowly missed out last year with a 5.02 time. Starting the day with a 1.2 swim in the chilly waters of the National Watersports Centre, it was then on to Jamie’s strongest discipline as he put down a speedy 2h 35m over 56 miles to set himself up well for the final half marathon run of 13.1 miles in under 1h 45. Leaving every last bit of energy on the course, Jamie achieved his aim and triumphantly crossed the line knocking 5 minutes off last year’s time to claim a sub 5 finish in 4.57.15
Southport Sprint Triathlon – 21 May 2017
In preparation for representing Team GB at the European Championships in Germany next month, Tim Watson and Graeme Kay headed north for a speedy outing at the Southport Sprint Spint Triathlon. The event takes takes in many landmarks of the famous seaside resort but with speed of the essence, there was little time for sightseeing for the duo as the race began with an open water swim in the Marine Lake before a flat and blustery bike course on closed roads along the coast and a final sprint to the finish around the lake, gardens and under the pier. Tim showed fantastic form ahead of his European outing by claiming first place in his V40 age group against solid competition and third place overall – only two minutes behind the overall winner to bag a spot at the 2018 European Sprint Championships. Graeme narrowly missed out on qualifying too, despite the fastest run and second quickest bike times, with fifth place in his V60 age group and will attempt to qualify with a top four finish later in the year.
Tim Watson 3rd overall and 1st V40 1.02.58, Graeme Kay 5th V60 1.18.08
Taunton Flyer – 20 May 2017
Tackling her longest ever cycle event and in preparation for a French Alps adventures in the summer, Cathy Parkinson made the rather shorter trip across the West Country border for a 74 mile tour around Somerset on two wheels. Themed around the wartime airfields of East Devon and Somerset, the ‘Dakota’ route passed historic airfield at Exeter, Dunkeswell, Upottery and Culmhead, with over 1200m of climbing too.
Pembrokeshire – 20 May 2017
Having clearly enjoyed himself the scenery at Ironman Wales last year, Rich Carus crossed the border once again and this time taking to two wheels for the Tour of Pembrokeshire. Tackling over 135 miles, it was a long day in the saddle for Rich who covered the distance in nine and a half hours, made all the more impressive considering there was 13,000ft of elevation to contend with. Describing the ride as “the toughest of my life but absolutely beautiful”, Rich is showing plenty of strength and stamina for a summer of cycling ahead.
Immortal Mega Sprint Triathlon – 14 May 2017
Set in the glorious Stourhead National Trust estate, one of Torbay Tri Club’s newest recruits, Charlie Harris, was joined by her husband at the challenging Immortal Triathlon. Described as a test for even the fittest of triathletes, Charlie was one of the first women to exit the 900m swim before tackling the scenic 18 mile bike course which passed through Wiltshire, Somerset and Dorset before finishing with a 4.5 mile run to cross the finish line in a time of 2.32.12 Having clearly enjoyed the beautiful location and best of the weather, Charlie spoke after the event that she “absolutely loved it”.
Exe Valley Triathlon – 14 May 2017
Several members of Torbay Tri Club made the short trip up to Tiverton for the popular Exe Valley Sprint Triathlon. A favourite for those looking to put down a quick time and set the season off with some speedy action, the event attracts a solid field from across the region and welcome triathletes of all abilities. Comprising of a 400m pool swim, it was then on to a rolling 25k bike through the beautiful Exe Valley before finishing with a final sprint up the hill on the energy sapping 5k run. Gary Brenton led the club home and was soon followed by Vince Langdon while new recruit Abi McRae impressed in finishing her debut sprint triathlon.
Gary Brenton 1.21.20, Vince Langdon 1.25.41, Abi McRae 1.40.10, Wendy Urban 1.41.52
Exeter University Aquathlon – 30 April 2017
April showers failed to dampen the spirits of Tim Watson and Cassandra Harrison as the duo represented Torbay Tri Club at the final round of Exeter Tri’s aquathlon series. Taking the plunge in Exeter University’s heated outdoor pool, a 600m swim was followed by a lumpy 2 lap, 5k course around the university grounds. Continuing their impressive showings in duathlon action the previous weekend, Tim crossed the line in fourth place while the duo claimed second and third in their respective age group from over sixty finishers.
4th Tim Watson 26.07, 42nd Cassandra Harrison 36.28
Donut Duathlon – 23 April 2017
On foot and two wheels, Torbay Tri Club came away from the Donut Duathlon with a dominant showing on the podium steps. Represented by 8 members, with the ladies outnumbering the men, GB triathlete Tim Watson warmed up for his forthcoming European championships with second place overall while Wendy Urban went one step further up the podium as First Lady. Cathy Parkinson and Cassandra Harrison claimed second place in their respective categories while Rachel Longthorpe also finished in third. Nick Robinson also impressed in his first duathlon. The race was staged at Clennon Valley, Paignton with racers completing a 5k run, 15k Velopark bike and 2.5k run.
2nd Tim Watson 51.11, 12th Wendy Urban 59.56, 26th Cathy Parkinson 1.04.02, 27th Gary Brenton 1.04.11, 40th, Nick Robinson 1.08.06, 46th Cassandra Harrison 1.11.15, 47th Rachel Longthorpe 1.11.35, 61st Jo Coish 1.19.06
Southampton Sprint Triathlon – 16 April 2017
In only his second triathlon, one of Torbay Tri’s newest members Geoff Binding travelled along the south coast for some speedy sprint distance action. Despite being put in a quicker lane than planned for the 400m pool swim, Geoff found his rhythm on the 20k bike that took racers around the edge of the New Forest National Park. Finishing with a 5k run out to the village of Dibden Purlieu, Geoff crossed the line in 1.28.43
Hamish Renton was Torbay Tri’s sole rep representative as Dawlish hosted the penultimate event of Exeter Tri Club’s aquathlon series. Taking the plunge for a 600m pool swim followed by a speedy 5k run, Hamish crossed the line in 37.17 to finish 48th from 77 finishers. The race was won by Henry Irvine in 25.06, with the final round being staged at Exeter University at the end of the month.
Sidmouth hosted the second event of Exeter Triathlon Club’s aquathlon series, with Torbay Tri represented by Kathleen Alcock and Terry Windeatt. With plenty of speedy action over the sprint distance race (600m swim and 5k run), Kathleen finished in 37.17 while Terry crosse the line in 42.59, several minutes quicker than his previous aquathlon outing in Dawlish last month. The race was won by Henry Irvine in 25.15 and the third round of the series returns to Dawlish next month.
Taunton Deane Aquathlon
Jon Pressling and Cassandra Harrison took to the water and road over a long course distance at the Taunton Deane Aquathlon. Starting off with a 1k pool swim, it was then a quick change before facing bitterly cold and breezy conditions along rural lanes of the undulating 9.5k run. Joining over 50 racers, Cassandra narrowly led the duo out of the pool before Jon used his run strength to good effect in passing ten on his way to crossing the finish line.
Jon Pressling 58.45 (17th), Cassandra Harrison 1.13.41 (41st)
The opening event of Exeter Triathlon Club’s aquathlon series saw members of Torbay Tri make the short trip to Dawlish. With plenty of speedy action over the short distance (600m pool swim and 5k run) and 80 finishers, Andrew Gunther impressed with 9th place in 30.08 while Terry Windeatt crossed the line in 46.23. In the novice race (300m swim and 2.5k run), junior member James Alcock ran his way to victory by nearly 2 minutes in 14.46