14th October 2018
Heavy rain and blustery conditions failed to dampen the spirits of keen runners from Torbay Tri Club as they put in excellent performances across the south west, including a second place for Jon Pressling at the Chase Half Marathon.
Measuring in at closer to 15 miles, and so well over the standard half marathon distance, Jon built up a small lead over the first few miles before the course took on more challenging off road terrain. At half way Jon was still in contention but poor signage saw the leaders head off course and have to regain several positions. On the return downhill miles Jon reclaimed several spots to secure 2nd place although was actually first across the line as the lead runner appeared from nowhere having completed extra distance once again due to poor signage. Honouring his rivals lead for the majority of the race, Jon ensured the race organisers presented him with the deserved race win but was still extremely pleased with runners up spot from over 200 runners.
Also battling the conditions over the half marathon dustance were four runners from Torbay Tri Club at Exeter’s Great West Run. Attracting over 2000 runners for a scenic tour through the city and country lanes, a stadium finish greeted those who had successfully completed the 13.1 miles. Jason Hurford was first back from the club and continued his run of great form over long distances with a time of 1.20.45 and narrowly edged out Andrew Longthorpe in 1.21.02. Not far behind was seasoned half marathon runner Nigel Fenn in 1.25.12 while Dan Hallam impressed in securing a PB in 1.38.38 having also run the Bournemouth only seven days previously.
Those on two wheels also endured the worst of the weather at the Ride for Rowcroft charity cycle. Samantha Froggatt took on the challenge of the 32km Haytor Hill climb and kept smiling despite the torrential rain from start to finish, finishing the route in 1 hour 32 minutes. Sarah Lakey completed the shorter 24km course which took riders out from Newton Abbot to Chudleigh and Bovey Tracey before returning.
7th October 2018
30th September 2018
Torbay Tri Club were well represented across the West Country this weekend as their running contingent took on 10k and half marathons, coming away with lots of impressive performances and times.
Jason Hurford travelled the furthest and took on the Cheltenham half, hosted at the famous racecourse. Even after his recent ultra success Jason proved he had plenty of horsepower to speed around the scenic course in 1.21.33
Up in North Devon and Jon Parkinson took on the Barnstable half and produced another impressive run performance. Narrowly missing out on an age group win, Jon surprised himself with a 1.21.48 time that saw him finish just outside the top ten against a quality field.
Closer to home and Paul Whitehead put his speed training to good practice and was understandably buzzing after going sub 40 with a swift 39.47 on the clock at Exmouth 10k. Paul was joined by teammate Neil Downer who crossed the line in 42.05 for his fastest time over the distance for five years.
Crossing the border to Somerset and Glynn Hughes was the club’s sole representative at the Taunton 10k and he came away with a solid time of 42.16
There is no photo of Glynn but here’s one of his dog 🙂
Bobby Singh continues to get faster at Torbay Parkrun, taking 15s off his 5k time from the previous week, with a new PB time of 22.59
Patrick and Katharina Roberts were the club’s only members in multi sport action, and also travelled the furthest, taking on the Otillo SwimRun in north Germany. Patrick Roberts was joined by friend Paul Clark to take on the longest distance which comprised of 34k of running and over 7k swimming. A test of stamina and speed through the lakes and forests, including 10 swim sections, the duo completed their adventure in 6 hours 35 minutes. Next up it was the ladies turn as Katharina teamed up with Jo Clark for the Sprint distance race, which still covered 16k and included 3k of swimming. The pair finished in 2 hours 55 minutes and were not far away from a podium spot, finishing in fifth place.
Ironman 70.3 Weymouth
In challenging wet and windy conditions, Adam Williams and Sarah Lakey successfully completed Ironman 70.3 Weymouth. Although the swim had to be reduced from 1.2 miles to around 1k, both then had to endure wet roads around the 56 mile bike course which saw Sarah succumb to several bike mechanical problems. The flat half marathon run took the duo along Weymouth seafront several times before finagling crossing the finish line. Adam finished in 6.16.22 and Sarah in 7.14.01
Dorney Lake Olympic Triathlon
Cathy Parkinson headed to Dorney Lake for some fast and flat Olympic distance racing and came away with another impressive performance, claiming an age group victory for her efforts. Starting with a 1500m lake swim it was then quickly onto two wheels for several laps around the lake itself before the run which also ran parallel to the water, keeping everything close and very spectator friendly as husband Jon and son Josh cheered Cathy on at every opportunity. Cathy crossed the line in 2.54.54
River Dart 10k
One of the most popular events on the open water swim calendar, this year the Dart 10k attracted Nick Cull and Manuela Austin from Torbay Tri Club. Although not technically a race and attracting swimmers of all abilities, the focus of the event is the journey and the beautiful scenery viewed from the water along the river course. Nick can now proudly tick the event off his bucket list and also in a rather swift time of just 2.28.30 to swim over 6 miles.
Brutal Extreme Triathlon
Sarah Welsh once again proved that when it comes to extreme triathlons then she has plenty of strength and determination to succeed at the world’s toughest events. Having headed to North Wales for the rather aptly named Brutal Extreme Triathlon the day began peacefully enough with a chilly yet beautiful 2.4 mile swim in Lake Pacers before heading out for 112 miles on the bike through stunning scenery and over challenging hills. The real test came at the end though as Sarah took on scaling Wales’ highest mountain, Snowden. As if the whole event wasn’t tough enough, Sarah also had to contend with severe weather that was the worst in the event’s history. Despite all this Sarah not only finished in just under 18 hours but also won her age group.
Hamish Renton was Torbay Tri Club’s sole representative at the Killerton 10k, hosted by the National Trust property. Offering beautiful landscaped gardens, this was no walk in the park for Hamish though as the multi terrain course proved challenging for even the most seasoned runners. Despite going into the race with illness during the week, Hamish still produced a respectable time of 1.03.07
Cassandra Harrison and Rose Parkhouse came away with runners up prizes in their age groups at the Exmouth Aquathlon. The duo completed a 600m pool swim and 4.5k run, with Cassandra finishing in 31.15 and Rose 40.28
Torbay Parkrun 22/09/18
There were personal best times for Julyan Bayes and Bobby Singh amongst seven Torbay Tri Club runners at the Torbay Parkrun.
Kevin Woodard 16.53, Jason Hurford 17.33, Frank Reay 20.06, Glynn Hughes 20.53, Julyan Bayes 21.37, Bobby Singh 23.14, Jo Coish 28.04
Torbay Tri’s Andrew Gunther and Helen Mackie took top club honours at the Torbay Sprint Triathlon as a record 20 club members took part in their annual championship race. Male and female age group titles were also fiercely contested as Lee Turner, Frank Reay, Samantha Froggatt and Jo Coish claimed club prizes in their respected categories while it was good day too for a number of individuals who made their club debut and posted personal best times over the short Sprint distance.
Making the most of home advantage with the club having recently moved home to Clennon Valley, a 400m swim in the new pool was followed by a 15k bike on the Velopark before a race around Clennon fields on foot.
Andrew Gunther 51.05, Lee Turner 51.38, Jason Hurford 53.00, Gary Burman 53.08, Jamie Stevenson 54.22, Frank Reay 56.42, Simon Mills 57.43, Paul Whitehead 58.29, Glynn Hughes 59.57, Kevin Crocker 1.00.20, Julyan Bayes 1.00.47, Adam Williams 1.01.26, Mark Maslin 1.02.34, Helen Mackie 1.02.37, Wendy Urban 1.04.46, Bobby Singh 1.05.04, Angie Allen 1.11.16, Samantha Froggatt 1.14.35, Val McClean 1.15.37, Jo Coish 1.18.40
Saundersfoot Sprint Triathlon
It was a family affair in Pembrokeshire as Graeme Kay was joined by his wife Christina and god daughter Hannah at the Saundersfoot Sprint Triathlon. Located at the picturesque seaside resort in South Wales, the Sprint distance action began with a mass start for the 750m sea swim before a 20k, 2 lap bike course. Finishing with a 5k run, unfortunately Graeme suffered from an existing calf injury but was still able to limp across the line in a respectable 1.31.06. Christina and Hannah teamed up for a relay effort and finished in 1.42.44
TrailX Off Road Triathlon
Club coach Hamish Renton and son Reuben headed to East Sussex for the TrailX Off Road Triathlon. Hamish took on the challenge of the “full fat” distance which involved a 1000m lake swim before a 24k mountain bike around the rolling countryside of Pippingford Park which has previously hosted national cycling championships. With plenty of technical terrain and twisty woodland paths to navigate, the final run leg was also testing as competitors also got to enjoy open meadows towards the Manor House. Hamish completed the triathlon in a solid 3.09.16 while Reuben did the half event and was third in his junior age group
City to Sea Ultra Marathon
Torbay Tri Club’s Jason Hurford produced an outstanding performance to win the 34 mile City to Sea Ultra Marathon. Having tasted success last year as runner up in the marathon, 2018 saw Jason go one position better over the ultra distance. Beginning at Exeter riverside and finishing at Babbacombe Downs, via a trip down to Torquay harbour, the course involved miles of challenging coastal path and included a mix of paths, country lanes, woodlands, stunning cliff tops beaches and harbours. Attracting seasoned as well as first time marathon runners, with over 3500ft of elevation times were never going to be fast but Jason still produced an exceptional time of 4.47.08, averaging just 8.30 mile pacing over the 34 miles.
No ordinary race and described as one of the toughest triathlons in the world, Lee Turner and Sarah Welsh headed to the Lake District for the infamous Helvellyn Triathlon. Their race began with a mile swim in the crystal clear waters of Ullswater before it was onto two wheels for a gruelling 38 mile ride that included the infamous “Struggle” to the top of the Kirkstone Pass standing at 1489ft. Saving the hardest discipline for last there was certainly no respite over the 9 miles on two feet as the course includes an ascent and descent of Helvellyn itself, standing at over 3000ft. Both triathletes showed plenty of grit and determination as Lee finished top five in his age group while Sarah secured a podium finish in third place.
Wild Dart Aquathlon
One of Torbay Tri Club’s newest members, Dan Hallam, successfully completed the challenge of the Wild Dart 15k Aquathlon. Beginning with a 2.5k swim in the River Dart this was followed by a picturesque but challenging 12.5k run from Sharpham House to Ashprington and following the Harbourne River on the return to Totnes. Dan finished in 2.30.18
Sean Ingham was the club’s only runner at the Dartmouth Regatta Road Race. A testing 5.1 mile course saw over 100 runners head up Weeke Hill to Stoke Fleming before a fast descent back to the embankment where crowds
Parkrun 1st September
There was a strong showing from Torbay Tri Club at the local Parkrun with Jon Parkinson leading the way in 17.54 and it was a family affair as wife Cathy guided son Josh around in 27.06
Jon Parkinson 17.54, Nigel Fenn 19.35, Frank Reay 20.19, Simon Mills 20.27, Glynn Hughes 21.17, Cathy Parkinson 27.08, Jo Coish 29.12, Terry Windeatt 31.17
Jerry Hocking took time out from his holiday to take part in the Lowestoft Parkrun, finishing fourth in 19.15
Jurassicman Extreme Triathlon
Five Bays Challenge
Brixham Two Lighthouse Challenge – 12 August
Samantha Froggatt was Torbay Tri Club’s sole representative at the RNLI’s Two Lighthouse Challenge. Offering the unique race experience of running half a mile out to sea along Brixham breakwater before heading up to Berry Head Country Park, even the wet and windy conditions failed to dampen the spirits of over xxx runners. Sam finished the 5 mile course in 57.56
Sherborne Sprint Triathlon – 12 August 2018
Gary Burman continued his fine season with an age group win at the Sherborne Sprint Triathlon and was joined by Bobby Singh as both faced wet and windy conditions across the border in Somerset. Despite losing time at traffic lights on the bike course, Gary still secured top spot in the 30-39 age group following a 300m pool swim, 22k windswept bike and 5k run. Finishing in 1.15.15, Gary was 14th place overall from 110 finishers. Bobby was also pleased to have beaten his friend for the first time and crossed the line in 1.31.56
Dawlish Aquathlon – 11 August 2018
Jon Pressling, Cassandra Harrison and Rose Parkhouse headed along the coast for the Dawlish Carnival Aquathlon. The small event was hampered by the weather meaning a significantly reduced sea swim before a 5k run along the sea wall to Dawlish Warren and back. Jon returned in third place overall, with Cassandra claiming third lady.
European Championships, Age Group Sprint Triathlon – 11 August
Tim Watson claimed a fantastic bronze medal while Frank Reay put in a solid performance as both triathletes pulled on the GB colours to compete in Glasgow at the European Age Group Sprint Distance Championships. Tim’s outstanding result saw him claim a podium spot in the 45-49 age group with a super fast time of 1.07.26 while Frank, competing in the 55-59 age group, crossed the line in 1.17.18 Over 800 age group triathletes from across Europe participated in the championships which saw them based at Strathclyde Country Park for the 750m lake swim, 20k bike and 5k run. Tim’s medal added to his previous bronze won over the same distance at the European Championships in Germany last year while for Frank it was an extremely proud racing experience representing GB in national colours for the first time.
Torbay Tri Club sent a team of ten to the Totnes 10k and came away with the coveted team prize along with a number of individual awards. The newly formed running team are fast making an impression on the run circuit and put out a strong men’s team to race along the River Dart to Dartington before returning to the finish at Borough Park. On a hot summer morning the six men claimed glory with four finishers in the top ten and added a new name to the team trophy which had previously been dominated by Torbay AC. Aaron Tocknell claimed first senior male and second place overall while there was an age group victory for Wendy Urban
Cotswold Classic, Middle Distance Triathlon
Stoke Gabriel Carnival 10K
Arran Tocknell and Lee Turner made it a Torbay Tri Club one-two at the Stoke Gabriel Carnival 10k while Jerry Hocking also claimed sixth place. The mostly off-road run attracts a mix of all abilities looking to challenge themselves while admiring the scenic countryside and village views. With a cheeky local cider and bacon sandwich awaiting finishers there was plenty of motivation to drag weary limbs through the muddy trails and hilly terrain
Arran Tocknell 48.45, Lee Turner 48.50, Jerry Hocking 51.35, Ian McClean 57.39, Val McClean 1.19.20
Mountainbike Endurance Festival
Former World Cup mood mountain bike venue, Newnham Park in Plymouth played host to the UK’s ultimate MTB endurance festival and Torbay Tri Club’s resident mountain biker, Paul Mulley, got in on the muddy action. Setting himself the challenge of 24 hours in the saddle and racing as many laps as he could against the clock, it was the elements which proved the biggest challenge as Paul faced torrential rain and strong winds which ultimately saw the event cancelled due to fallen trees and dangerous conditions. Nonetheless Paul still completed a hard earned 12 laps and 71 miles riding alongside friends.
Following triathlon success last weekend it was back to just two wheels this weekend for Julyan Bayes as he battled his way around 100 miles in the wind and rain at Ride London. Taking to the course that was made famous by the world‘s best cyclists at the London 2012 Olympics, the course took thousands of riders out into the Surrey countryside and included a climb up famous Box Hill before returning to London to finish at The Mall. Despite the terrible conditions Julyan completed a century of miles in the saddle in 5.57.02
Padstow to Rock Swim
Sarah Welsh began her weekend with some tough Cornish swim action across the Camel Estuary, from Padstow to Rock. The popular event sees swimmers split into two groups, with Sarah completing the swim in the top half and an impressive 37 minutes.
Something Wild 10K
Hamish Renton experienced four seasons of weather in one run as he enjoyed a 10k run as part of the Wild Trail Running Festival on Dartmoor. Sporting his orange club vest for the first time, the route included over 300m of ascent as Hamish finished his muddy morning out in a respectable time of 69 minutes.
Lee Turner claimed victory at the Kingsbridge 10k, winning the challenging road race by almost a minute. A popular event on the summer calendar, over 100 runners enjoyed a scenic countryside route that included plenty of ascent in the first half of the race. Descending back to the finish at Kingsbridge, Lee secured victory in a time of 37.10
Fresh from competing in the aquathlon age group world championships in Denmark earlier this month, Gary Burman returned to home shores for the latest in the series of Weymouth events. Against a strong current for the 1k sea swim, the hilly 5k run was just as challenging as Gary put in a strong performance to claim a top ten finish in 9th place.
The Outlaw – 29th July
Nick Cull made a successful debut at long course triathlon racing but had to endure a long day battling the elements over 148 miles en route to The Outlaw finishing line. The swim was always going to be wet (!) but the torrential rain and high winds were at complete odds to the weather that the UK had basked in during the run up to the event. An heroic 59 13 swim split saw him come out of the water in 49th position overall, then the weather started to take its toll. A 6 41 bike was followed by a 4 42 run meaning a rather wet and bedraggled Nick finished in a total time of 12 32 06
Castle Howard Supersprint Tri
One of Torbay Tri Club’s newest members, Julyan Bayes, headed to the North York Moors for some speedy super sprint triathlon action and came away with an age group title for his efforts. Lining up against over 300 triathletes, the action was fast and furious from the start with a 400m swim in Castle Howard’s Great Lake before Julyan played to his strength with a strong 20k bike through rolling hills and glorious countryside. With enough energy left for the final 4K run, the race finished in front of the main doors of Castle Howard as Julyan claimed his well earned V50 title in a time of 1.21.34
The Haytor Heller
Races don’t come much tougher than the Haytor Hellor and running on his favourite off-road terrain it was Arran Tocknell who led the team of four home, with an impressive 4th place overall. Covering approximately 6 miles and crossing rugged, open moorland, woodland and several steep ascents and descents, a hot evening on Dartmoor attracted some of the region’s top runners as Arran claimed the third senior spot, closely followed by Lee Turner who was runner up in his V40 age category and finished in 6th place overall. With just a small team of four representing the club it was every man counting for the team prize as Torbay Tri Club were narrowly beaten to top spot.
Arran Tocknell 42.34, Lee Turner 44.05, Jerry Hocking 50.20, Dan Hallam 57.59
Chudleigh Carnival 10K
Ian Tyson was Torbay Tri Club’s sole representative at the Chudleigh Carnival Road Race, bagging himself the top V40 title for his speedy effort. A fun but challenging hilly race, the event attracts plenty of serious club runners and Ian found himself having to work hard over the tough course, which included a mile long climb before descending back to the finish in Chudleigh town center. Cheered on by crowds lining the finish straight Ian claimed an impressive 6th place overall in a time of 32.54
Ironman UK – 15 July
Cathy Parkinson produced an outstanding performance in not only successfully completing her first long distance Ironman triathlon but also achieved the honour of winning her age group title at this prestigious and formidable UK triathlon. Cheered on by husband Jon and son Josh, Cathy began the gruelling day of endurance with a 2.4 mile lake swim before making the transition to two wheels for a 95 mile bike over and through the countryside around Bolton, which offered many testing climbs. Despite being shorter in distance due to the recent fires in the area, the additional steep hills more than made up for this before Cathy returned to the city centre for the little matter of a marathon run to the finish. Knowing this was her strongest discipline Cathy paced the 26.2 miles well and looked strong thoughout to post a run time of four and a half hours which is an impressive feat in itself let along after a previous 8 hours of racing. Finishing exhausted but elated at completing the hardest thing she had ever done, Cathy crossed the line in 12.08.26 as a voice boomed out “You are an Ironman”.
Competing in the youngest 18-24 age category, Max Churchill proved he has a bright future in long distance triathlon racing with an impressive debut at Ironman UK, finishing in 12.38
Plymouth Triathlon – 15 July
Lee Turner and Angela Allen impressed in claiming age group podium positions as the popular Plymouth Triathlon made a welcome return to the local race calendar. With temperatures rising even early in the morning it was a refreshing start to the race as competitors dived into Plymouth Sound for a 1500m swim. It was then onto two wheels for an undulating and challenging ride through the South Hams to Modbury and back. There was little respite beneath the sun and clear blue skies for the final 10k run to the finish as it involved an energy sapping route along trails and road around Mount Batton peninsula. Lee claimed third place in the V40 category while Angela achieved the same position in her V50 age group and Samantha Froggatt made it a trio of happy club finishers in the sun.
Lee Turner 2.21.49, Angela Allen 3.39.07, Samantha Froggatt 4.06.55
Honiton Sprint Triathlon – 15 July
One of Torbay Tri Club’s newest members, Bobby Singh, headed to East Devon for the popular Honiton Sprint Triathlon. Attracting over 200 triathletes of all event began with a 400m pool swim before a 20k bike out through the countryside. The final 5k was a scenic, multi-terrain run into Coombe Hill Woods before heading along the Otter Valley. Bobby smashed his previous best time over the distance by 7 minutes to finish in 1.20.22
Decoy 5K – 13 July
Jon Pressling was the club’s sole representative at the Decoy 5K but was rewarded with a third place finish for his efforts. Forming part of Newton Abbot’s annual carnival week of events, the route took runners on a scenic route around the lakes with plenty of testing and undulating terrain but plenty of shade against the evening sun.
Aquathlon World Championships – 12 July
Achieving a childhood sporting goal to represent his country on the world stage, Gary Burman travelled to Denmark to compete as an age grouper at the Aquathlon World Championships. Raced over a 1k swim and 5k run the action was fast and furious from the start and even the huge amounts of jellyfish failed to deter Gary as he was out of the water in little over 16 minutes. Running in the hottest part of the day and with the temperature above 30 degrees was never going to be easy and although disappointed with his position Gary is now focusing on the same distance at the European Championships in Ibiza this October.
Geopark Triathlon – 8 July
Jason Hurford and Jon Parkinson claimed aged group victories on a scorching day of racing at the Geopark Triathlon. Making the most of home advantage, Torbay Tri Club were well represented across the Sprint and Standard distances as entrants had to compete with not only a very challenging course but rising temperatures. For the shorter distance it was a 750m sea swim at Goodrington followed by a 24k bike that headed out along rural lanes with plenty of climbing to test even the most seasoned triathlete. Although the 6k run offered stunning coastal views there was little respite with more hills and steps to drain any remaining energy. Jason claimed first senior while Frank Reay was third in the V50 category. In the standard distance it was a 1500m swim and two laps of the bike course before an energy sapping 12k run along the coastal path beneath the blazing sun. Andy Parkinson and Jon Parkinson resumed their race rivalry and in a repeat from last year Andy was first out onto the run after the bike and swim before taking a fall that saw Jon resume the lead. Finishing within minutes of each other the duo secured well earned first and second place age group awards respectively.
Jason Hurford 1.37.17, Frank Reay 1.55.50, Paul Whitehead 2.02.50
Jon Parkinson 3.10.39, Andy Longthorpe 3.13.43, Simon Mills 3.36.21
In the 1500m swim Gary Burman was first out the water for the club in 29.05 while Charlie Harris was just one place behind in 31.24, claiming the first female title for her efforts.
Erme Valley Relays – 6 July
Making their team debut at the Erme Valley Relays, Torbay Tri Club got off to a winning start claiming third and fifth place overall along with the Mens V40 title. Lining up alongside over 130 teams and with six of their own teams entered there was plenty of fast and heated action as each team member took turns at the 2.4mile course. At the front of the field Torbay Tri were in contention from the first leg as Tim Watson produced the club’s fastest leg of the night. Joined by Ian Tyson, Jon Parkinson and Lee Turner, the team took a hard earned age group title and a very impressive third place podium finish. The ladies were also speeding around and the Female V45 secured second place in their age category with Cathy Parkinson, Wendy Urban, Sarah Welsh and Val McClean teaming up.
Dartmoor Classic – 1 July
Thunder, torrential rain, sunshine and plenty of hard earned medals – this year’s Dartmoor Classic had it all as a group from Torbay Tri Club survived an exceptionally tough day in the saddle over various distances in one of the toughest sportives in the country. No strangers to the route, it was the extreme conditions which proved the biggest challenge and simply completing the course was the biggest achievement as they supported each other around. The Medio distance, 67 miles, attracted a strong showing showing from the club while several also took on the 38 mile Piccolo. Manuela Austin also deserves special recognition for her efforts in helping others doctors attend to a seriously injured cyclist.
Medio: gold – Glynn Hughes, Lee Turner, Jon Parkinson, Andrew Longthorpe, Frank Reay, Sue Putt
silver – Cassandra Harrison
bronze – Paul and Karen Frissen
Piccolo: gold – Wendy Urban, Sam Froggatt and Angie Allen
bronze – Katharina Roberts
Cardiff Sprint Triathlon – 24 June
Tim Watson showed just why he is the club’s leading triathlete by achieving age group qualification for the sprint distance world championships, winning his age group with a strong performance in Cardiff. Having earlier this month already qualified for the same championships at Olympic distance, Tim this time took on his preferred shorter distance which involved a 750m swim, 20k bike and 5k run in the Welsh Capital. Taking the finish tape in 1.04.20, Tim now has the option of competing at the World Championships in Australia this year or Switzerland in 2019.
Immortal Wimbleball Triathlon – 24 June
It was a long day out for Hamish Renton as he successfully completed the Immortal Half at Wimbleball, Exmoor. Famed for being a notoriously tough course and challenging even the most experienced triathletes, the day began a 1.2 mile lake swim which was about as easy as the day would get. From here it was onto a 56 mile bike route that included plenty of leg burning climbs and rolling hills. There was no respite in the final 13.1 mile run as even with stunning scenery the rising temperature added to the whole challenge. Understandably pleased with achieving the goal of improving on his time from ten years ago, Hamish crossed the finish line in 7.21.47
Torbay Half Marathon – 24 June
A strong showing from Torbay Tri Club saw Ian Tyson claim top spot in his age group and Andy Longthorpe claiming runners up in the same category.
Taking advantage on home roads and the familiar course, the rising temperatures meant the race was as much about tactics as it was speed. Ian brought home the team in an impressive 17th place overall, from over 1500 finishers, while Angela Allen achieved her target time on the road to recovery from knee injuries.
Ian Tyson 1.17.42, Jason Hurford 1.22.53, Andrew Longthorpe 1.24.51, Neil Downer 1.41.19, Paul Mulley 1.51.31, Angela Allen 2.24.16, Terry Windeatt 2.37.48
The Nello charity cycle – 24 June
As well as the beautiful sunny weather, Guy Henderson got to enjoy an abundance of scenic country roads and plenty of camaraderie as he completed 55 miles of The Nello charity cycle ride. Raising vital funds for a local cancer charity the event attracted over 1500 cyclists from across the UK, who could also participate in a longer 100 mile route.
Killerton Duathlon – 17 June 2018
National Trust’s Killerton Estate played host to its annual duathlon and welcomed a number of competitors, including a trio from Torbay Tri Club taking on standard and sprint distances. Jon Pressling and Cassandra Harrison were first to start in the longer event which involved a challenging 10k, two lap cross-country course before heading out on the roads for a rolling 40k bike taking them to Cullompton. A final 5k run drained any remaining energy from the legs. Jon made the most of his run strength to return first back on the 10k and claimed 5th place overall while Cassandra claimed top spot in her age group.
Jon Pressling 2.08.24, Cassandra Harrison 2.43.51
Rose Parkhouse took on the shorter sprint distance which involved the same routes and half the distances around the Killerton Estate, finishing in 1.36.14
Cotswold Middle Distance Triathlon – 10 June 2018
Following months of dedicated training, Ian and Val McClean made a successful long distance debut at the Cotswold Middle Distance Triathlon. Due to misty conditions the start was delayed by ninety minutes but once underway there was no turning back for the pair as they began their day with a 1.2 mile lake swim. This was followed by a flat and fast 56 mile bike course through the Cotswolds beautiful and quaint villages but there was no time to enjoy the sights as it was then back to transition for the little matter of a half marathon run to the finish line. Despite the rising temperatures there was no stopping the pair and they were reunited at the finish line with Ian completing the race in 5.28.38 and Val in 6.36.55
South Hams Triathlon – 10 June 2018
Making the short trip along the coast, six members of Torbay Tri Club were on familiar grounds and came away with several awards at the South Hams triathlon. With Blackpool Sands providing the beautiful setting, it was an early dip in the chilly waters for a 750m swim before a 20k bike that took on a challenging new route following storm damage to Slapton making it unavailable. Finishing with a 5k run, less than a minute separated three of the team with Lee Turner claiming third place overall and Jon Parkinson claiming another impressive age group title.
Lee Turner 1.11.27, Jon Parkinson 1.14.31, Gary Burman 1.15.04, Jason Hurford 1.15.25, Simon Mills 1.24.34, Sarah Lakey 1.38.20
Bournemouth Sportive – 10 June
Taking on the challenge of his longest ever ride, Paul Whitehead rode through 76 miles of quiet rural lanes and countryside along with several testing climbs as he crossed Dorset, Hampshire and Wiltshire at the Bournemouth Sportive. Taking just over 4.30 in the saddle, Paul also achieved a gold medal standard for his efforts as he continues to build his bike strength.
Colyton Footacher – 9 June
Undoubtedly one of the toughest 10k runs around, the Coleton Footacher took runners from the National Trust property out onto the coastal path for a course that delivered high on stunning views and scenery but also very challenging terrain. The race is only in its third year but attracts runners looking for a serious challenge that left many walking the final uphill finish back to Coleton Fishacre. Jerry Hocking and Neil Downer claimed age group awards for their efforts and everyone was rewarded with a cream tea at the finish line.
Torbay Parkrun – 9 June
Both Andrew Longthorpe and Angela Allen made the most of perfect race conditions to record new Torbay Parkrun personal best times.
Andrew Longthorpe 18.05, Angela Allen 30.07
National Sprint Championships – 3 June 2018
Only 2 weeks ago having impressed in qualifying for the World Championships in his debut over Olympic distance, Torbay Tri’s Tim Watson last weekend also lined up for National Sprint Championships at Thorpe Park. Racing over his preferred distance, comprising of a 750m swim, 20k bike and 5k run, the action was fast paced from the start as over 600 triathletes competed for top honours and the opportunity to qualify for the European Championships. Playing to his strength and running one of the fastest splits of the day, Tim secured a 3rd place podium spot, 19th place overall and with it European qualification for the second consecutive year.
Dartmoor Discovery Ultra Marathon – 2 June 2018
Having sworn never to enter the iconic Dartmoor Discovery, Jon Pressling lined up with over 200 runners to take part in the UK’s longest single lap ultra marathon. Starting and finishing in Princetown, this year the race increased from 32 miles to over 34 miles in celebration of its 20th anniversary. Taking runners up and down many of the toughest hills Dartmoor has to offer, the course passes through Dartmeet, Poundsgate, Ashburton, Buckland, Widecombe and Postbridge, with no shortage of support on even the loneliest stretch of roads. Jon maintained a strong pace throughout and despite hot conditions on the open moorland achieved his goal to cross the line in under 5 hours with a time of 4.54.45 and an impressive 14th place overall.
Sussex Gran Fondo Sportive – 2 June 2018
Paul and Karen Frissen completed their longest cycle outing at the Sussex Gran Fondo. Making the most of the lovely weather to enjoy the South Downs, the route involved over 400ft in elevation along the 66 miles. Despite the hot conditions and Karen suffering a mechanical problem, the pair still achieved a bronze medal time finished just under the 6 hour mark in 5.59.09.
Outlaw Half – 20 May 2018
Torbay Tri’s very own coach, Graeme Kay, added another GB age-group qualifying success to his CV at the Outlaw Half in Nottingham. Attracting a strong field to the event, with the lure of fast times and qualification places available, Graeme’s day began early with a 1.2 mile lake swim at the National Water Sports Centre before heading out onto the bike for 56 miles around Nottinghamshire for some fast riding. Returning for a multi-lap run course around the lake, Graeme battled through a back injury he has been nursing prior to the event to secure 3rd place in his age group and a time of 5.47.35 which was good enough to claim a qualification spot.
Having previously represented GB as an age grouper of the Sprint distance in Germany last year, Graeme is now set to line up at the European Championships for Middle distance in Ibiza this October.
Nottingham Sprint Triathlon – 19 May 2018
Also seeking to qualify for the Great Britain Age-Group team, Charlie Harris and Frank Reay lined up amongst over 700 competitors at the Nottingham Sprint Triathlon. Starting with a 750m swim, followed by a 20k bike and 5k run the pair faced stiffed opposition in their quest for GB colours. The action was fast and furious from the start, with every second counting around the course and hot conditions adding to the challenge. Charlie claimed the quicker swim and transition times of the pair but Frank evened things out with the faster bike and run splits.
Frank Reay 1.10.39, Charlie Harris 1.19.55
Southport Standard Triathlon – 20 May 2018
Having tasted age-group European Sprint success last year, Tim Watson set his sights on aiming to qualify for the World Champions with a qualifying event in Southport. Stepping up to the Olympic distance, comprising of a 1500m swim, 40k bike and 10k run. Facing stiff opposition in the battle for qualifying spots, Tim produced the second fastest run split of the day to put himself into 15th place overall from nearly 500 finishers and secure 4th spot in his age group. Tim will now have to wait to see if this position earns him a spot at the World Championships in Australia later this year.
Exeter Marathon and 10k – Sunday 20 May 2018
Showing no effects of fatigue from running London Marathon last month, Nigel Fenn took on the challenge of 26.2 miles close to home this time in Exeter. Starting at St James Park and heading out through the city, Nigel was then able to enjoy the flat footpaths and cycle tracks beside the River Exe along the 3 lap course. Pleased to have finished in hot conditions, Nigel proved his strength over the experience of the marathon distance with a rather swift 3h 12m finish.
Starting with the same course as the marathon runners, Sarah Lakey also took part in the 10k race and claimed 2nd female spot despite taking a detour and adding extra distance.
Plymouth Half Marathon – 20 May 2018
Having battled the heat in London only last month, Ian Tyson faced another warm day on the road only this time closer to home at Plymouth’s Ocean City Half Marathon. With Plymouth Hoe providing the start and finish, the course is known to be a tough one as it heads out to Saltram before returning to the city along the embankment and Barbican. With over 3000 runners, Ian claimed a hugely impressive 13th place overall in 1.19.34 and also secured 3rd place in his age group.
Caerphilly 10k – Sunday 20 May 2018
Set in the shadow of the spectacular Caerphilly Castle in South Wales, Neil Downer joined over 1600 runners for the popular 10k race. Passing iconic landmarks including the giant cheese sculpture and Tommy Cooper statue as well as stunning views of the medieval castle, in warm conditions and a challenging second half to the course Neil finished in 43.53.
Parkrun – 19 May 2018
The club were represented by seven members at the Torbay Parkrun, with a number of personal best times and a first ever Parkrun for Jonathan Cowling.
Jason Hurford 17.40, Andrew Longthorpe 18.17, Gary Burman 19.17, Paul Whitehead 20.04 (PB), Jonathan Cowling 24.18, Angela Allen 30.15 (PB), Samantha Froggatt 30.29
Exe Valley Sprint Triathlon – 13 May 2018
Exe Valley Sprint Triathlon is always a popular event on the triathlon calendar and this year saw seven triathletes from Torbay Tri amongst the 300+ strong field. Treated to perfect racing conditions in the sun, the action heated up from the start with a 400m pool swim seeing Gary Burman produce the club’s fastest time. Out onto the bike and through the rolling roads along the Exe Valley for 25k it was then a final energy sapping 5k run to the finish that was far from flat and tested the leg strength. Terry Windeatt impressed by claiming an 70-79 age group victory while several members narrowly missed out on the podium by just one place.
Jon Pressling 1.10.39, Gary Burman 1.12.39, Gary Brenton 1.21.30, Cassandra Harrison 1.24.04, Terry Windeatt 1.34.22, Rose Parkhouse 1.38.26, Sam Froggatt 1.41.14
Cotswold 51.5 Standard Triathlon – 14 May 2018
Nick Cull went one distance further as he travelled up to the Cotswold for their 51.5 Standard Triathlon. Setting himself up for a good day ahead, Nick impressed with a 25 minute 1500m swim in the clear lake waters before heading out on to the fast, flat bike course of 40k and taking in some of the most picturesque areas of the Cotswold. With no time for sight seeing Nick finished with a 10k dash around the lakes to cross the line in an impressive time of 2.29.03
Worcester Double Sprint Triathlon – 14 May 2018
Also enjoying the sun was Cathy Parkinson who made the trip to Worcester for the Lakeside Double Sprint Triathlon. Starting off with a 1500m swim in the chilly lake waters, Cathy soon warmed up with a longer than standard 60k ride before returning to the lake area for a 10k run over tracks and fields.
With the course favouring cyclists, Cathy proved her strength across all three disciplines to cross the line in a solid time of 3h 47m.
Immortal Half – 14 May 2018
Sarah Welsh produced the club’s standout performance of the day having made the trip to Stourbridge, Wiltshire for the Immortal Half. A true test of endurance for even the fittest and fastest triathletes, Sarah’s day began with a 1900m lake swim followed by a 56mile bike that is both fast and tough in equal measures as it crosses through Wiltshire, Somerset and Dorset. Finishing with a 14 mile run passing the iconic Stourhead Estate, it was certainly a long day out for Sarah but was worth all the effort to finish in 6.29.42 and claim 1st place in her age category.
East Allington 10k – 14 May 2018
On his road to recovery from London last month, Jason Hurford opted for a speedy return at the East Allington 10k and came away with 2nd place overall. Attracting a relatively small field of just 55 finishers, Jason still had the legs in him to produce a swift time of 40.24, although nearly 5mins behind winner Karin Stone.
Roach, Cornwall 25TT – 14 May 2018
Jamie Stevenson continues to show his strength on the bike and having made the trip to Roach, Cornwall was rewarded with a new PB over 25 miles. Stopping the clock at a very fast 58.58, the time was all the more impressive given the windy conditions.
Rat Race Dirty Weekend – 13 May 2018
Paul Whitehead left the bike and goggles behind to take on the extreme challenge of the Rat Race Dirty Weekend, the biggest obstacle race in the world. Covering 200 obstacles across 20miles Paul and friend Charlie Millin completed the course in 4h 22m to knock 43mins off their previous time and finish within the top 3%. Paul is raising money for the IFIGHTFORJAMES charity and next month will take on a 4 day challenge to canoe 100miles down the River Wye.
Torbay Parkrun – 13 May 2018
As part of the club’s run programme several members took part in the Torbay Parkrun, with Simon Mills breaking the 20 minute for the first time and Rob Harris also claiming a PB times over the 5k distance.
Simon Mills 19.56, Rob Harris 21.02, Paul Mulley 23.08, Angela Allen 31.37
Cotswolds Sprint Triathlon – 6 May 2018
A trio from Torbay Tri Club headed to the Cotswolds and triumphed in the scorching heat to claim two second place age category awards.
In preparation for their middle distance triathlon in the same location next month, Ian and Val McClean familiarised themselves with the course over a Sprint distance and were joined by Frank Reay. The three triathletes began with a 400m swim in Britain’s largest water park before a fast and flat 20k ride on country roads and then a final 5k run on paths around the lake. Despite the long journey for such a short event it was well worth the trip as both Frank and Val claimed 2nd spot in their respective age groups while practice had clearly paid off as Ian posted one of the quickest transition times.
Frank Reay 1.03.05, Ian McClean 1.06.20, Val McClean 1.17.15
Dartmoor Demon – 6 May 2018
Paul and Karen Frissen made the most of the beautiful bank holiday sunshine by taking on the challenge of the Dartmoor Demon sportive. Just as the name suggest this was certainly no ride in the Dartmoor National Park and even the 25 mile course which the pair cycled contained an elevation gain of 2500ft. With rising temperatures providing an added challenge to overcome, Paul and Karen both achieved a deserved bronze award for their times of 1.50.51 and 1.58.07 respectively.
There was clearly something in the water as six of Torbay Tri Club’s ladies took part in the annual Swimathon – the world’s biggest annual fundraising swim. With a variety of distances to choose from, ranging from 400m to 5k, Cathy Parkinson and Michele Sandhu completed the extreme challenge of 5k, equating to 200 pool lengths at Dartmouth and Bovey Tracey pools. Cassandra Harrison also took the plunge at Bovey Tracey outdoor pool to swim 2.5k and Sarah Lakey completed the same distance at Dyrons while Samantha Froggatt, Angela Allen and Sarah Addis were part of a relay team working together to swim 5k at Clennon Valley.
Exeter Aquathlon – 29 April
The trio of Charlie Harris, Frank Reay and Terry Windeatt made the short trip to Exeter University for the final aquathlon event in the series hosted by Exeter Tri Club. Comprising of a 600m outdoor pool swim and 5k run course around the university campus, the event is always a popular one and this year attracted over 80 entrants.
Racing their way around the Sprint distance course, Frank was first back from the club in 33.47, closely followed by Charlie in 35.18 and Terry crossed the line in 42.37.
Torbay Triathlon – 22 April 2018
Cheered on by friends and family, Torbay Tri Club were well represented at their local Torbay Triathlon, impressing with three top ten finishers and several age group awards.
Starting with a 400m pool swim, it was soon out onto the Velopark for a 15k sprint around the track before an energy sapping 5k run around the Clennon Valley fields. The club’s youngest member, James Alcock, showed a clean pair of heels to all but one other competitor to cross the line in second place overall and further demonstrate there’s a bright future ahead for the young triathlete. The battle for second place from the club saw Gary Burman narrowly edge out Andrew Gunther and also claim 3rd in his age group for his most impressive performance to date. Frank Reay also claimed runners up in his age group while the ladies were well represented by Sam Froggatt and Angela Allen.
- James Alcock 51.30, 6. Gary Burman 54.25, 8. Andrew Gunther 55.09, 25. Frank Reay 1.00.10, 32. Paul Whitehead 1.01.46, 41. Gary Brenton 1.06.06, 67 Sam Froggatt 1.15.30, 91 Angela Allen 1.25.31
Participating in her first ever triathlon, Sarah Lakey also impressed across a shorter 300m swim, 7.5k bike and 2.5k run. Finishing 6th overall in 37.12, Sarah claimed the 3rd female prize for her efforts.
London Marathon – 22 April 2018
In the heat of London there was a strong representation from Torbay Tri Club’s newest run members as they blazed their way around the famed streets over 26.2 miles. With record temperatures making it a true test of endurance and sensible pacing, nonetheless all four runners produced outstanding times to be proud of. Lee Turner narrowly pipped Ian Tyson to the line by just one second, although both started at different times so were unaware of until the end, while Jason Hurford and Nigel Fenn also produced strong runs in the searing heat.
Lee Turner 2.55.52, Ian Tyson 2.55.53, Jason Hurford 3.05.35, Nigel Fenn 3.21.17
Dawlish Aquathlon – 8 April 2018
Leaving their bikes at home, two of the club’s leading ladies headed to Dawlish for the second in the series of Exeter Tri Club’s aquathlons. Racing over the sprint distance, comprising of a 600m pool swim and 5k run, Charlie Harris built up a narrow lead out of the pool before Cassandra Harrison produced the faster of the two run times to cross the line just 24 seconds ahead, and also claim an age group win. Both finished inside the top half of nearly 50 finishers.
Cassandra Harrison 35.40, Charlie Harris 36.04
Fast Friday – 30 March 2018
Living up to its name as the Fast Friday 10k, Torbay Tri Club’s runners set off for Exeter riverside in pursuit of some speedy times and came away with several personal best times. Renewing their friendly racing rivalry from the previous weekend at the Donut Duathlon, this time it was the club’s own coach Jon Pressling who raced away from the start with Jon Parkinson in hot pursuit over the 4 lap course. The duo maintained a fast pace throughout with Pressling just staying ahead to cross the line in a PB of 36.09 and followed one place after by Parkinson as both also claimed 2nd place in their respective age groups. Just missing out on going sub 40 but gaining a huge PB by several minutes was Gary Burman while Cassandra Harrison also produced a PB going under 47 minutes for the first time.
10th Jon Pressling 36.09, 11th Jon Parkinson 36.26, 34th Gary Burman 40.48, Neil Downer 42.56, 85th Cassandra Harrison 46.43
Donut Duathlon – 25 March 2018
Kitted out with their off road running shoes and preparing for the worst, Torbay Tri Club were well represented at the annual Donut Duathlon staged at Clennon Valley. Knowing that the fields would be muddy and wet, the treacherous boggy conditions under foot were worse than expected making for a grueling test of endurance and stamina for the first 5k run. Leading the club around and making his way up the field was seasoned triathlete Jon Parkinson as he made light work of the conditions. 10 laps of the Velopark on two wheels provided a short respite from the mud before it was back onto the grass for a final 2.5k and race to the finish line. Jon showed his strength from start to finish with an outstanding 2nd place overall and MV50 age group victory while Sarah Lakey also claimed top spot in the FV40 category.
2nd Jon Parkinson 52.55, 9th Jon Pressling 55.44, 15th Gary Burman 57.14, 27th Frank Reay 1.01.29, 50th Gary Brenton 1.07.39, 51st Sarah Lakey 1.07.46, 56th Charlie Harris 1.09.08, 71st Samantha Froggatt 1.20.44
Dalwood 3 Hills – 25 February 2018
Fresh from his successful Parkrun the previous day, Torbay Tri’s Jon Parkinson took on the far tougher challenge of the Dalwood 3 Hills. Ten miles of multi terrain on the beautiful yet relentless hills around Dalwood in East Devon, Jon faced the arctic conditions alongside 100 brave runners. Racing against strong opposition, particularly host club Axe Valley Runners who claimed the top 3 spots, Jon claimed an impressive 5th place and an age group title in 1.12.29
Torbay Parkrun – 24 February 2018
Jon Parkinson 18.29, Charlie Harris 29.17, Jo Coish 29.52
Parke Parkrun – 24 February 2018
Neil Downer 22.54, Michele Sandhu 31.16
Taunton Aquathlon – 18 February 2018
Frank Reay was Torbay Tri Club’s sole representative at the early season Taunton Aquathlon. A popular event to blow away the winter cobwebs, Frank opted for the full distance race which comprised of a 1000m pool swim before a quick transition into running shoes for a hilly 10k that tested the swim legs. Feeling pleased with his efforts, Frank finished inside the top half in a time of 1.04.32
Torbay Parkrun – 17 February 2018
Torbay Tri’s ladies showed off some speedy efforts at their local Parkrun, leading home a contingent of eight club members. Cassandra Harrison, Charlie Harris and Sarah Addis all produced personal best times for the course and showed their winter training efforts are paying off.
Cassandra Harrison 21.51, Charlie Harris 22.47, Gary Brenton 22.48, Rose Parkhouse 29.15, Jo Coish 29.34, Terry Windeatt 30.11, Sarah Addis 32.53, Angela Allen 34.46
Parke Parkrun – 17 February 2018
Dave Pressley 29.32, Michelle Sandhu 32.11
Torbay Parkrun – 10 February 2018 In his first ever Parkrun, Torbay Tri’s Simon Mills was first home for the club at their local Paignton event.
Simon Mills 21.05, Gary Brenton 22.46, Mike Davies 22.57, Charlie Harris 23.41, Terry Windeatt 30.05, Samantha Froggatt 31.18, Sarah Addis 34.35, Angela Allen 36.41
Fairmile, Dublin Parkrun – 10 February 2018 Wendy Urban 23.19
Stinger Duathlon – 21 January 2018
Wind, rain, mud – Torbay Tri’s Paul Mulley loves it all and the conditions certainly made for a challenging day at the Stinger Duathlon in Plymouth’s Newham Park. No stranger to the event and the grueling course, comprising of a 5k trail run, 20k mountain bike and 3k run, there was certainly no shortage of deep mud and steep hills to be found and Paul thrives on the sort of off-road events that has others running for cover. Having got his race season underway, Paul finished in a credible time of 3.35.52 and will now spend the rest of the season cleaning his kit!