A team of 25 triathletes from Torbay Tri Club chose the Torbay Triathlon as their annual club event as Jon Parkinson and Cassandra Harrison were crowned 2019 Club Champions.
On a glorious sunny day of racing the club also saw a number of members step onto the podium and claim age group awards for their efforts. Jon Parkinson, Andy Longthorpe and Rose Parkhouse won their respective age groups while for a number of members, Dave Brown, Jed Kay, Simon Syms and Hannah Beaumont, it was also their first ever triathlon race. Taking place at Clennon Valley, each triathlete completed a 400m pool swim before taking to the Velopark for 10 laps (15k) on the bike, followed by a two-lap 5k run around Clennon fields.
Jon Parkinson 52.39, Andy Longthorpe 52.55, Dave Brown 54.51, Nigel Fenn 55.04, Steve Donnelly 55.15, Simon Mills 55.30, Kevin Crocker 57.25, Cassandra Harrison 1.01.31, Mark Maslin 1.01.39, Dan Hallam 1.02.48, Peter Coish 1.03.50, Gary Brenton 1.05.51, Bobby Singh 1.06.58, Rob Pressling 1.08.38, Samantha Froggatt 1.10.39, David Hewet 1.11.46, Rose Parkhouse 1.13.51, Simon Syms 1.14.12, Angie Allen 1.16.36, Jed Kay 1.17.34, Jo Coish 1.17.53, Hannah Beaumont 1.23.12
Sarah Mills also also took part in the Go Tri event and flew round the course in a great time of 46.32
Fresh from claiming a national age group triathlon title last weekend, Tim Watson was back in action at the Brighton and Hove Triathlon and was in top form again. Tim not only finished the sprint distance course in eight place overall from over 500 finishers but also claimed an age group win for his efforts in a speedy time of 1.07.20
It was more than a refreshing dip in the river for Nick Cull as one of Torbay Tri Club’s top swimmers took on the Dart 10k. Having previously completed the long distance swim last year, Nick enjoyed great conditions to achieve a fantastic personal best time of 2.18.40
Julian Smith was amongst 12,000 people who took to the streets for the Great Bristol Half Marathon. Through the Gorge, along the Harbourside and into the city centre, Julian ran the 13.1 miles in 1.26.14
With 2800ft of climbing and 14 miles of trails, it was certainly no walk in the park for Dan Hallam at the Dartmoor Half Marathon. Also having to endure the hot conditions, Dan put in a great performance to complete the event in 2 hours 41 minutes.
Amanda Francis completed a memorable 100th Parkrun at the Eden Project, completing the 5k in 25.35 and joined by husband Darren who ran a time of 18.12
While in London’s East End Ian McClean ran a Parkrun PB at Mile End in a time of 20.12
Torbay Parkrun – Lee Turner 17.05, Nigel Fenn 19.12, Mark Maslin 23.32, Jenny Hourigan 23.59, Samantha Froggatt 29.43
Teignmouth Parkrun – Neil Downer 21.24
Tim Watson claimed an age group national title for the first time and is now a Triathlon England National Aquathlon Champion. Following up his race at the age group World Championships in Switzerland the week before, Tim raced his way around the 750m swim and 5k run in Arundel, West Sussex to finish fourth place overall and with it the age group title.
Jason Hurford finished a superb second place in the City to Sea Ultramarathon, running 34 miles from Exeter to Babbacombe. The first 20 miles are relatively flat before runners join the coastal path for several big climbs before heading down to Torquay Harbour and the final gruelling run back along the coast to the finish line. Jason completed the race in 4.46.07
A group of runners from Torbay Tri Club visited Sweden for the Stockholm Half Marathon. Starting and finishing in front of the Royal Palace the course took in many of the historic sights of the city and ran through several islands. Richard Humphreys was first back for the club in 1.48.52, narrowly ahead of Cassandra Harrison in 1.49.11 and Stephen Wilbraham 1.49.20 with Gary Brenton completing his second half marathon in two weekend in 1.57.02 and Rachel Carter running her first road 13.1 miles in 2.16.28
Gary Burman 18.47, Shaun McKernan 19.19, Julyan Bayes 22.17, Mark Maslin 22.22, Jenny Hourigan 25.46, Amanda Francis 25.53, Howard Brugge 27.12, David Hewet 27.36, Jo Coish 27.52, Angie Allen 32.42
Renowned as being one of the toughest triathlons in the country, a trio from Torbay Tri Club took part in the Perranporth Extreme Surf Triathlon. Living up to its name, the 1500m sea swim was reduced to 1k as entrants battled through large Cornish waves before heading back to shore. From here it was a long beach run back to the bikes before a 38k hilly and arduous bike ride over three laps before heading back into town. The final 7.5k leg saw runners head along the beach and back via a detour to the top of the cliffs. Despite a slow swim Jon Pressling made up ground on the bike and run to finish in 2.20.37 and new club member Elsie Chad was pleased with her time of 2.51.18 Despite difficulties in the swim Cassandra Harrison put in a determined effort to still complete the challenging bike and run in 2.35.07
Helen Mackie faired no better with the sea conditions in Wales as her Gower Olympic Triathlon also saw the swim reduced from 1500m to 1200m. Once safely out the water the bike course passed around the Gower Peninsula before a final 10k run over sand dunes and hilly paths. Finishing in 3.00.42, Helen put in a great performance to also claim 2nd spot in her age group.
Tim Watson raced against the world’s best age group triathletes at the World Championships in Lausanne, Switzerland. Racing over the sprint distance, Tim put in a strong performance to finish as third British in his age group and an impressive 16th place from over 130 finishers.
One of Torbay Tri Club’s regular competitors and GB aquathlete, Gary Burman, took on three disciplines at Weymouth Sprint Triathlon and came away with an age group win. Starting with a 750m open water swim at Bowleaze Cove, it was then onto a 20k ride through the Dorset countryside before a hilly 5k run. Gary placed fourth overall in a speedy time of 1.10.48
Torbay Tri Club took home the team prize from Dartmouth Regatta, with Lee Turner and Jon Parkinson also finishing in 2nd and 5th place. The challenging 5.1 mile course takes runners up Weeke Hill and through Stoke Fleming before turning back towards Little Dartmouth for the long run back to the finish along the embankment.
Lee Turner 30.38 (1st V40), Jon Parkinson 31.53 (2nd V50), Ian McClean 36.24, Dan Hallam 38.20
Ian Tyson ran his way to a very impressive PB time at the Maidenhead Half Marathon, finishing in 1.14.50. Making the most of the closed roads and fast, flat course, Ian finished 33rd in a high quality field that saw over 1500 people take part.
A trio of club runners took part in the Bridgwater Half Marathon. Preparing for the Stockholm Half next week Gary Brenton was first back for the team in orange in a time of 1.54, closely followed by Mark Tidball in 1.59.12 and Natalie Christine in 2.14.59
Jason Hurford 17.52, Paul Mulley 23.17, Jenny Hourigan 23.44, Amanda Francis 25.42, Julyan Bayes 25.43, Samantha Froggatt 30.37, Angela Allen 33.17
Kevin Woodard 17.56, Nigel Fenn 19.46, Frank Reay 20.32, Mark Maslin 27.08
Jerry Hocking 20.52
Torbay Tri Club triumphed at the Torbay Relays as their senior team took first place overall and several of their six teams also took podium spots. Over 60 teams, comprising of four runners each, raced their way around over nearly 3000m and two laps of Torbay Velopark. The action was fast from the start and Torbay took the lead through Tim Watson on the second leg and who was also the fastest runner on the night. Tim was joined in the winning team by Andrew Gunther, Kevin Woodard and Shaun McKernan. Torbay’s second senior team finished sixth overall and there was success for the MV40, MV50 and mixed team who were third in their categories and the club’s only ladies team placed fifth FV40.
Urszula Donigiewicz headed to Ireland for IRONMAN 70.3 Dun Laoghaire and finished a fantastic fifth place in her age group. Despite having a reduced sea swim due to fog, Urszula was second in her age group out of the water before heading onto the 56 mile bike through County Wicklow. Running 13.1 miles on her way her way to the finish and through the charming seaside town, Urszula completed the 70.3 triathlon in a strong time of 5.52.15
Torbay Parkrun – Shaun McKernan 17.42, Stephen Wilbraham 24.11, Jenny Hourigan 24.18, Rob Pressling 25.24, Samantha Froggatt 28.54, Natalie Tidball 29.07, Jo Coish 30.06
Teignmouth Parkrun – Jon Pressling 18.33
Haldon Parkrun – Mark Maslin 24.35
Tim Watson claimed a fantastic bronze medal and was joined by Gary Burman at the Triathlon England National Championships in Bedfordshire. Racing over the sprint distance and also doubling up as the 2020 European Championships qualifier, Tim placed an impressive 13th overall and third in his age group in 1.04.28. Stepping up from representing Team GB in Aquathlon, Gary also put in a solid performance against the best sprint distance triathletes in the country to cross the line in 1.10.36
Richard Humphreys represented the club at the Portishead Triathlon. Offering a great coastal location with an outdoor pool, the duo began their race with a 400m swim in the lido before heading out onto the 25k bike. The final 5k run along the coast path brought them successfully back to the finish where Richard crossed the line in 1.36.11 and Rachel in 2.06.07.
A magnificent seven runners took on the Five Bays Challenge, which started and finished at Broadsands Beach and took in challenging inland terrain before returning along the tough coastal path. No stranger to off-road racing, Jerry Hocking was first back for the club, narrowly ahead of Naomi Flanagan who claimed second lady spot.
Jerry Hocking 51.52, Naomi Flanagan 52.05, Neil Downer 54.40, Wendy Urban 54.58, Jenny Hourigan 70.17, Sam Froggatt 79.47, Angie Allen 93.23
Lee Turner 17.14, Shaun McKernan 18.09, Ben Gerrish 19.03, Mark Maslin 22.32, Howard Brugge 26.06, Sam Froggatt 29.35, Angie Allen 34.17
Darren Francis 18.40, Amanda Francis 26.36
Neil Downer 21.32
Jerry Hocking 21.02
Gary Brenton 24.18
Racing through the night and early hours, Frank Reay displayed plenty of determination to finally claim his long distance triathlon finish at the Midnight Man in Dartford, Kent. Having fallen foul of the weather at the Outlaw Triathlon only two weeks ago where the bike was cancelled due to extreme weather conditions, Frank had unfinished business. This time round he began his 2.4mile swim in the evening before putting the lights on and riding 112 miles through the night. There was still the matter of a marathon to complete and Frank achieved his goal in a very impressive time of 12 hours 41 minutes.
Torbay Tri enjoyed a big club outing and birthday race weekend for club coach Jon Parkinson at the Cotswolds Triathlon. The team of thirteen put up with mixed weather over the weekend as they raced their way around the 1500m lake swim, three laps of the 36k bike course and a final 9k trail run around the lake to the finish. Jon celebrated being first back for the club and also posted the fastest swim, bike and run disciplines. Graeme Kay also claimed top spot in his age category.
Jon Parkinson 2.08.55, Jon Pressling 2.16.02, Nigel Fenn 2.18.47, Paul Whitehead 2.21.18, Kevin Crocker 2.28.19, Graeme Kay 2.29.32, Ian McClean 2.30.38, Cathy Parkinson 2.31.25, Bobby Singh 2.38.02, Rachel Longthorpe 2.45.45, Rob Pressling 2.55.14, Rose Parkhouse 2.56.43, Val McClean 3.03.05
Despite a puncture, Andrew Longthorpe also completed the Aquabike race and joined the team crossing the finish line in 1.52.25
A trio of runners flew the flag for Torbay Tri Club at the Haldon Flyer, a five mile off-road race along the trails of Haldon Forest.
Darren Francis claimed a top ten finish in 31.36 and was joined by
Jerry Hocking 35.34 and Amanda Francis 47.53
Howard Brugge headed north to run in the Burton 10k. Renowned for being an undulating course, most of the hills come in the first half of the race before heading back down to the finish. Howard finished in 57.28
Torbay Parkrun – Shaun McKernan 18.12, Gary Burman 19.06, Naomi Flanagan 19.40, Gary Brenton 24.04, Amanda Francis 26.13
Parke Parkrun – Helen Mackie 25.06
Wendy Urban, Helen Mackie and Mark Maslin went long at the weekend and successfully completed the middle distance Cotswold Classic Triathlon. A popular event for first timers tackling the distance, the trio began their day with a 1.2 mile lake swim before a 56 mile bike out into the Cotswolds scenic villages and then a final 13.1 mile run to the finish around the lake paths. Making her debut over the distance Wendy finished in a fantastic time of 5.31.51, including the fastest run in her age group, with her teammates coming home close behind as Mark finished in 5.41.05 and Helen in 5.53.47
There were lots of tired legs but smiling faces on two wheels at the weekend as club members completed the RideLondon-Surrey 100. Starting from the Olympic Park, Paul and Karen Frissen, Stephen Lofthouse, Manuela Austin and Karen O’Brien left the capital to cycle through the stunning Surrey countryside before returning to finish on the Mall. As part of the challenge of taking on their longest ride, Paul and Karen have also been busy fundraising and raised more then £700 for the Sense charity.
A busy weekend of action for Gary Burman saw the GB aquathlete take on the Smugglers Revenge aquathlon. Swimming from the Pilchard Inn on Burgh Island to Bantham, followed by a short sharp hill run, Gary finished an impressive tenth from over 100 finishers.
Torbay Tri Club retained their men’s team prize and Lee Turner finished second at Totnes 10k. Run over a multi-terrain of grass, tarmac, gravel and woodland paths, the popular event attracted over 500 runners. The trio of Lee Turner, Darren Francis and Jason Hurford narrowly claimed the team prize by under two minutes while Lee also won his age group.
Lee Turner 38.42, Darren Francis 41.39, Jason Hurford 42.54, Simon Mills 43.51, Gary Burman 45.05, Jerry Hocking 46.06, Ian McClean 46.37, Pete Coish 53.33, Amanda Francis 60.39, Jo Coish 65.05
Jon Pressling 18.03, Russell Hart 19.22, Glynn Hughes 21.30, Amanda Francis 29.31, Gary Burman 37.40
Kevin Woodard 19.01
Jerry Hocking 23.20
At the long distance Outlaw Triathlon, dangerous conditions on the day of the event meant organisers cancelled the 112 mile section of the race. Frank Reay, Adam Williams and Colin Horrocks we’re still able to complete the 2.4 mile swim and then chose to run the marathon to make the most of their months of hard training. Frank put in an excellent swim time to complete the two disciplines in 5.01.38 and finish second in his age group while Adam ran his first marathon to cross the line in 5.40.40 and Colin was close behind in 5.34.43
Mark Tidball faired better with the conditions at IRONMAN Hamburg as he completed his 140.6 mile race in 14.58.04 The course took in a 2.4 mile swim in the Alster river, a scenic 112 mile bike course and final marathon run around the lake and town.
A beautiful and challenging course around Stoke Gabriel attracted a big team from Torbay Tri to run the 7 mile and 5 mile carnival races. The team included Jon Parkinson, Darren and Amanda Francis, Peter and Jo Coish, Simon and Jo Loten, Julyan Bayes, Kevin Crocker and Samantha Froggatt.
On a day of record breaking temperatures, the action also heated up at Kingsbridge 10k. Lee Turner claimed first vet prize and fourth place overall in 38.10, while Ian McClean ran strong on a tough hilly course to finish in 46.14
Jon Pressling represented Torbay Tri Club at the Cornwood 10k, a scenic race which took runners on a loop around the village along lanes and through fields. Jon finished in 41.11 for 13th place overall.
Cassandra Harrison headed to Tavistock for a sprint distance triathlon as part of the Cornish Tri Series. Starting with a 400m dip in Mount Kelly’s pool, it was then a 18k ride out onto the moorland before a 5.4k run to the finish. Cassandra finished second in her age group in 1.34.31
Having visited Romania on his last aquathlon outing, GB age grouper Gary Burman kept things local this weekend at the Wild Dart Aquathlon. Beginning with a 2.5k river swim against lots of strong swimmers, Gary ran his way through the field on the 13k trail run and finished strong to claim an impressive second place overall.
Nick Cull ran in the Chudleigh Carnival Road Race, a challenging and hilly event that covers nearly 6 miles. The popular race attracted over 200 local runners and Nick finished in 39.27
Exeter was the place to be for some fast mid-week 10k action as Torbay Tri Club runners took some top prizes and great times. On the Wednesday evening Ian Tyson (34.59 and 2nd V40) led home the club trio which saw Jon Parkinson win his age group in 37.03 and Julian Smith run 38.53. The following night saw Cathy Parkinson produce a sprint finish to win first lady by just one second in 44.51
Torbay Parkrun – Lee Turner 17.08, Simon Mills 19.42, Ian McClean 20.30, Mark Maslin 24.11, Howard Brugge 24.56, Jo Coish 27.25, Terry Windeatt 30.31, Samantha Froggatt 30.44,
Woolacombe Dunes Parkrun – Naomi Flanagan 23.22, Neil Downer 25.13
Glynn Hughes and Paul Mulley – you are an IRONMAN. The Torbay Tri Club team-mates endured a long day of triathlon racing to successfully complete IRONMAN UK in Bolton. The pair were divided by just a minute after the 2.4 mile lake swim to start their day but the toughest part was yet to come, over 7 hours in the bike saddle covering 112 miles and thousands of metres in climbing across the Lancashire moorlands. Paul made it back to transition first and was soon joined by Glynn as the pair hit the streets of Bolton to complete the little matter of a marathon to the finish line. Cheered on by family and crowds lining the city centre run course, the exhausted but elated pair produced fantastic times to both finish in under 14 hours on undoubtedly one of the toughest triathlon courses in the country.
Glynn Hughes 13.38.03, Paul Mulley 13.59.51
Terry Windeatt has proved that age is no barrier in triathlon by qualifying for the Standard Distance World Championships in Edmonton, Canada next year. Competing in the 70-74 age category at the qualifying event at Leeds Castle, Terry completed the 1500m swim, 40k bike and 10k run in 3.31.33. With years of swimming experience, Terry was also the fastest swimmer in his age group.The Haytor Heller, one of the toughest local races, saw fantastic running from Torbay Tri Club. Run across open moorland with plenty of steep ascents and descents, the stunning scenery is matched by the challenging terrain between Haytor and Hound Tor. Darren Francis was first back for the club and alongside Jo Loten they claimed 2nd place in their age groups.
Darren Francis 47.10, Julyan Bayes 56.58, Tony Foster 58.00, Jo Loten 59.45, Dan Hallem 60.11, Simon Loten 61.39, Amanda Francis 76.11Jon Pressling represented the club at the Muddy Duck 10k, an off road race that took runners on challenging course of hilly trails and fields around Roadford Park, Plymouth. Over 200 runners took part and Jon finished in 41.39Simon (19.37) and Sarah Mills (30.56) both ran personal best times at Torbay Parkrun and other club members were Lee Turner 16.51, Mark Maslin 23.24, Jo Coish 29.39, Samantha Froggatt 30.32
Rich Humphreys was flying the flag for Torbay Tri Club at the Geopark Standard Triathlon. Starting with a 1500m sea swim, it was then onto a very challenging 44k bike ride that took Rich out onto onto country lanes and plenty of testing hills twice before then having to complete a 12k coastal path run along to Broadsands and Churston Cove and back. Rich successfully completed the course in a strong time of 4.09.51
A Torbay Tri Club trio of Adam Williams, Steve Donnelly and Gary Burman took to the waters at Goodrington for some open water racing which were also part of the Geopark Triathlon. Adam and Steve took on the 3000m challenge with less than two minutes separating the pair (52.01 and 53.35) while Gary was runner up in the 1500m swim in 32.17Representing Team GB, Gary Burman produced an excellent swim and run at the European Aquathlon Championships in Transylvania, Romania. Narrowly missing out on a podium spot by only 39 seconds, Gary completed his race in 37.10 and achieved his aim of claiming a top ten spot.
Torbay Tri Club fielded four teams at the Erme Valley Relays, with runners each taking a turn at running approximately 2.5 miles, with several members even going twice. Attracting over 150 teams, Torbay Tri came home in 4th, 11th, 35th and 97th, with Tim Watson running the fastest leg for the team.
Julian Bayes 21.35, Peter Coish 25.00, Amanda Francis 26.16, Samantha Froggatt 30.24, Jo Coish 30.28
A Torbay Tri Club trio of Nick Cull! Graeme Kay and Howard Brugge headed to Worthing for the Police National Triathlon Champs, racing over the standard distance of a 1500m sea swim, 41k bike and 10k run. Representing Devon & Cornwall Police, Nick put in a strong swim to finish in 2.30.15 while Graeme was second in his age group in 2.55.30 and Howard Brugge crossed the line in 3.22.43
Cathy Parkinson enjoyed a swim, bike and run through the beautiful Bowood Estate, Wiltshire as she took part in the sprint triathlon. Starting with a 750m swim in the fresh water lake, it was then a 21k bike through the ‘wilder’ parts of the grounds before a 5k run onto the scenic parklands. Cathy finished in 1.32.01 and also secured second place in her age group.
Simon Mills ran a PB time of 19.48 at Torbay Parkrun and was joined by Jenny Hourigan for her first Parkrun in 22.57. Other club runners were Mark Maslin 23.16, Amanda Francis 26.00, Gary Burman 39.43
Testing themselves against the course as well as the weather, cyclists from Torbay Tri Club came away with fantastic achievements and times at the Dartmoor Classic Sportive. Simon Loten took on the biggest distance, the Grande, covering 107 miles in an incredible 6.46.18. A trio of club ladies also took on the 67 mile Medio route with Wendy Urban and Helen Mackie finishing in 4.19.23 and Samantha Froggatt making her debut over the distance in 5.15.05
Wimbleball, Exmoor was the scene for a glorious evening of triathlon action as Jon Parkinson and Paul Whitehead raced their way around the Immortal Standard Distance Triathlon. Starting with a 1500m lake swim, this was followed by a challenging 40k bike before a scenic countryside 10k run to the finish. The Torbay Tri duo did fantastic over a challenging course, with Jon Parkinson winning his age group in 2.51.38 and Paul finishing in 3.15.18.
There was a colorful and strong show of running from Torbay Tri as the club were represented by eleven runners at the Torbay Half Marathon. Enjoying home advantage on the familiar route, young Shaun McKernan was first back and claimed top age group while Naomi Flanagan also won her age group and there were personal best times for Dave Brown and Ben Gerrish. Amanda Francis was very happy with her first ever half marathon and even more so having finished in under two hours.
Shaun McKernan 1.22.05, Jason Hurford 1.23.03, Darren Francis 1.24.13, Naomi Flanagan 1.29.00, David Brown 1.29.03, Ben Gerrish 1.29.15, Jon Pressling 1.32.27, Peter Coish 1.47.31, Adam Williams 1.57.01, Amanda Francis 1.59.51, Angela Allen 2.30.45
Gary Burman headed to Weymouth for round three of the Bustinskin Aquathlon Series. Comprising of a 1k sea swim and 5k run, Gary finished in 37.19 for sixth place overall from 70 finishers.
Gary Burman 18.50, Julyan Bayes 21.31, Jo Coish 27.34, Amanda Francis 27.52, Darren Francis 27.53
Gary Burman took to the waters at Roadford Lake for the Dartmoor Open Water Swim. Aiming to swim the 4K distance, unfortunately strong wind meant all the swim distances were reduced but Gary was still fast across the water over 2k in a time of 35.41
Sand, tarmac and woodland paths – Torbay Tri’s Jerry Hocking negotiated a variety of terrains on his way to a top ten finish at the Dawlish Coastal Dash. Jerry completed the 4 mile course in 25.34
Clara Horswell was the first female at Torbay Parkrun and was part of a trio of runners representing Torbay Tri Club.
Clara Horswell 19.39, Julyan Bayes 22.19, Amanda Francis 25.25
Bobby Singh and Angela Allen successfully completed their first middle distance triathlons at the Cotswold 113. Set in the heart of the picturesque Cotswolds, their day began with a 1.2 mile lake swim before heading out onto the fast 56 mile bike course which passes through quiet villages and contains just one hill on each of the two laps. Returning for the 13 mile run around the lakes and local village, the finish line saw the duo return to where it all began earlier that morning. Bobby finished in an excellent time of 5.56.48 with Angela crossing the line in 7.21.41
Further north and Torbay Tri’s ladies did themselves and the club proud with some great middle distance triathlon racing at Ironman 70.3 Staffordshire from Urszula Donigiewicz and Cathy Parkinson . Starting with a 1.2 mile swim in the chilly waters of Chasewater reservoir, the hilly 56 mile bike course took in stunning countryside though an area of outstanding natural beauty. There was little time to enjoy the scenery though as there was still a half marathon to complete around Stafford town centre before finishing in Market Square. There were great times by both ladies, with Urszula completing the race in 6.06.47, followed closely by Cathy in 6.11.04
Making the short trip to Blackpool Sands, Torbay Tri Club were well represented at the Dartmouth Triathlon. Offering a challenging course, heavy rain added to the difficulty as members took on the sprint distance which involved a 750m swim, 20k bike and 5k run. Leading the team home was Gary Burman who also took fifth place overall and first senior across the line. Simon Mills stepped onto the podium with third place in his age group.
Gary Burman 1.17.22, Steve Donnelly 1.18.11, Simon Mills 1.23.42, Paul Whitehead 1.25.58, Kevin Crocker 1.29.06, Rachel Longthorpe 1.41.52, Cassandra Harrison 1.43.43
Rose Parkhouse completed the super sprint distance, involving a shorter swim and run, in 1.28.49
Darren Francis was second overall and Wendy Urban was first lady as Torbay Tri Club runners took on the Coleton Footacher, one of the toughest local 10k races in the area. Beginning from the National Trust House at Coleton Fishacre, runners headed up the driveway before taking to the coast path where various climbs and descents were rewarded with with stunning coastal views before the final energy sapping run up through the gardens to the finish. Darren also claimed top spot in his age group and was followed by Neil Downer who took second spot in the same category.
Darren Francis 49.07, Neil Downer 55.26, Wendy Urban 59.13, Amanda Francis 1.22.29
Dan Hallam ran his way to a superb third place at the Rocky Horror 10k. A trail race on the edge, quite literally, Dan raced his way along the South West Coast Path between South Milton Sands and Hope Cove in a time of 56.04
The third round of Exeter’s 5k run series attracted two of the club’s top runners as Ian Tyson and Jon Parkinson battled it out against a strong field. Attracting over 160 runners, Ian put in a superb time of 16.32 for sixth place overall and first for his age group while Jon wasn’t far behind in 17.30, taking third in his age group.
Pete Coish recorded a personal best time and Ben Gerrish was first across the line at Torbay Parkrun.
Ben Gerrish 17.47, Steve Wilbraham 21.48, Peter Coish 23.08, Howard Brugge 24.30, Amanda Francis 27.20, Jo Coish 27.56, Samantha Froggatt 30.22
Teignmouth Parkrun – Dave Brown 18.39
Frank Reay continued his preparations for long distance racing this summer with a trip up to Whitchurch, Shropshire for the Ultimate Half Triathlon. Set around Alderford Lake, Frank began his day with a 1.2 mile freshwater lake swim before taking to two wheels and blasting his way around 56 miles of picturesque countryside before returning to transition for the final half marathon run to the finish line. Frank’s swim training is clearly paying off, particularly in the water, and despite feeling ill on the run he still completed the whole course in a fine time of 5hours 35 minutes.
Widely regarded as the UK’s most stunning triathlon and attracting over 4,000 entrants, Blenheim Palace was the backdrop for some spectacular sprint distance racing as Torbay Tri Club’s Paul Whitehead and new member Gavin Samwell represented the club. The fact paced action began with a 750m lake swim before a gently undulating 20k bike course and then the final 5.4k run around the Queen’s Pool. Paul finished in the top 10% of all finishers in a speedy time of 1.27.03, with Gavin not far behind in 1.30.06
Ben Gerrish 18.00, Dave Brown 19.29, Steve Wilbraham 21.42, Julyan Bayes 22.39, Amanda Francis 29.29, Angela Allen 31.44
Rachel Longthorpe 25.34
Torbay Tri Club’s Sarah Welsh is no ordinary triathlete as she thrives off tackling the most extreme triathlons in the world. This weekend saw Sarah take on TriathlonX – 140 miles of extreme swim, bike, run action that attracted only 99 entrants of which only 16 started the race and Sarah was the only female starter. Beginning with a chilly 2.4 mile swim in the cold waters of Lake Windermere, the 112 mile bike course took in 12 mountain passes, including Harknott, the steepest pass in the UK at 33% which is ascended four times! Having completed three of the four bike laps, and facing the reality of not making the cut off time to start the run, Sarah took the decision to do the run route for ‘fun’ before the cold and rain finally meant Sarah wisely called time on her race. It was a hard but ultimately sensible decision as only one person went on to complete the whole race and underlines just how extreme TriathlonX is.
The second largest marathon in the UK, behind only London, Dan Hallam travelled north of the border for the Edinburgh Marathon. Starting in the grounds of one of the oldest Universities in the world, the course takes runners through the heart of Edinburgh and past many famous Scottish landmarks before heading towards the coast and the finish after 26.2 miles. The drizzly and windy weather made for challenging running conditions but Dan was still able to put in a great time of 3.41.54
Kevin Crocker and Bobby Singh continued their friendly racing rivalry at the Taunton Sprint Triathlon. Starting with a 400m pool swim, this was followed by a challenging 21k bike course around the villages near Taunton before finishing with a 5.7k town centre run. Kevin crossed the finish line in 1.14.19, with Bobby coming home soon after in 1.20.00
Ian Tyson continued his fine running form with another Parkrun 5k PB time, recording a speedy time of 16.37 at Wycombe Rye.
One of the most popular middle distances on the calendar, offering a fast and scenic course, Graeme Kay and Nick Cull headed to Nottingham to test themselves at the Outlaw Half. Starting with a 1.2 mile swim at the National Water Sports Centre, it was Nick who was faster in the water and gained a ten minute lead over Graeme before the tables were turned over the 56 mile bike leg and it all came down to the final 13.1 mile run to the finish. In the end the two friends were separated but just a few minutes as Graeme claimed second spot in his age group in 5.40.57 while Nick completed his race in 5.46.49
There were mixed fortunes for Team GB duo Tim Watson and Gary Burman as they entered the Eton Sprints at Dorney Lake, with the aim of qualifying for the European Championships in Malmo, Sweden next year. Hosted at the iconic venue of the 2012 Olympic Games, Tim Watson underlined his credential as one of the top age group triathletes in the country by finishing in eight place overall and winning his age group from over 500 finishers in just 1.02.25. For Gary unfortunately the race didn’t go according to plan after suffering with a problem on the swim but he still showed great determination to keep battling to the end and finish the race strong in 1.10.30
A trio from Torbay Tri Club headed up the coast to take part in the Exmouth Triathlon. Racing over the sprint distance format, comprising of a 400m pool swim, 2Ok bike and 5k run, club Chairman Simon Mills led by example and was first home for the club in 1.15.32, with Wendy Urban claiming third spot in her age group in 1.26.45 and Samantha Froggatt crossing the line in 1.58.03
Darren Francis enjoyed a long run along the River Exe but there’s was little time for any relaxing as he completed the Exeter Marathon in a swift time of 3.09.01, which was not only good enough to claim second spot in his age group but more importantly secure a good for age entry at the London Marathon. The previous day Clara Horswell took on a similar route in Exeter over the half marathon distance, crossing the line in 1.27.10 and second female.
Hot and hilly, Jo Loten kept her cool as she raced the tide as part of 15.5 miles of woodland trails around the Flete Estate, Mothecombe in the South Hams. Jo claimed top spot in her age category in a time of 2.37.42 and was joined by team-mate Matthew Botting in 2.58.43. Alix Reynolds also raced the tide at the completion of 8.5 miles around the private Estate and finished in 1.31.36
Jon and Rob Pressling headed to Wedmore to join the Somerset 100 Sportive. Offering a variety of distances to suit all abilities, Rob opted for the 100k distance while Jon tested himself over the 100 mile ‘Century’ route. Treated to perfect conditions, riders enjoyed beautiful countryside views throughout and rode through small villages around the course.
Back where it all began for the man who first brought Parkrun to Torbay, Steve Wilbraham celebrated his own landmark event on home soil as he completed his 100th event at Clennon Valley. Steve was part of eleven runners from Torbay Tri Club which also saw personal best times from James Alcock, Ian Tyson and Peter Coish.
James Alcock 16.24, Ian Tyson 16.41, Jon Pressling 17.36, Ben Gerrish 17.42, Steve Wilbraham 21.43, Mark Maslin 21.46, Peter Coish 23.21, Gary Brenton 23.45, Amanda Francis 24.55, Rob Pressling 25.27, Jo Coish 27.51
Karen O’Brien jetted off to the Balearics but it was far from a relaxing holiday as she took part in Ironman 70.3 Mallorca. Attracting thousands of triathletes from around the world the race is based at Alcudia and sees competitors starting with a 1.2 mile sea swim before heading out on the bike for 56 miles within the Tramuntana mountains before returning to Alcudia Bay for the little matter of 13.1 miles on foot to the finish line. This wasn’t the first time Karen has taken part in this race and she was understandably pleased to have knocked almost an hour off her previous best time for the course, and recording a personal best for a middle distance triathlon, coming home in 7.15.11
Frank Reay continued his Ironman preparation with the Worcester Standard Triathlon and all his training is clearly paying off as he was pleased to came away with a podium spot and third place in his age group. Far from a standard distance race, after the 1500m swim it was a longer 60k bike leg before finishing with a 10k run.
Racing her way around the glorious Stourhead National Trust estate, Cathy Parkinson finished second in her age group at the Immortal Mega Sprint Triathlon. A tough and challenging event to test even the fittest and fastest triathletes, Cathy completed a 900m lake swim before an 18 mile ride crossing through Wiltshire, Dorset and Somerset before finish with a 4.5 mile run to cross the line in 2.11.50
The following day Hamish Renton went long and took on the Immortal Middle Distance Triathlon, comprising of a 1,900m lake swim, 52 mile bike and 14 mile run. Despite suffering a knee problem and having to walk the downhill parts of the run course, Hamish was still able to complete the race in 8.05.39
As part of his middle distance training Bobby Singh headed to the Cotswolds for his first open water triathlon. Learning plenty of lessons from the experience, Bobby raced his way around the sprint distance course and covered the 400m lake swim, 20k bike and 5k run in 1.12.52
Terry Windeatt claimed second spot in his age group at the Exe Valley Triathlon. Always a popular event for local triathletes, competitors were treated to great racing conditions in the sun as they completed a 400m pool swim, 25k bike and a 5k run. Terry narrowly missed out on top spot by less than a minute and finished in a time of 1.32.23
After an absence of over 20 years Minehead half marathon returned to the race calendar at the weekend and Angie Allen completed the 13.1 miles. Offering a mix of terrains that included road, sand dunes and a pebbly coastal path, Angie finished in 2.32.33
Jerry Hocking joined nearly 600 runners at the Bridgwater Bolt 10k. The generally flat route offered a mix of urban and country scenery, with just a couple of hills to test the legs. Beautiful views of the Quantock Hills and Somerset Levels also added to the attraction but there was little time for Jerry to enjoy the scenery as he raced his way round in a speedy 40.25
Always a popular race on the run calendar Ivybridge 10k attracted a record number of over 800 runners, including four from Torbay Tri Club, who enjoyed racing beneath the evening sun. Ben Gerrish was first home for the club and followed closely by Dave Brown while husband and wife duo Peter and Jo Coish also sported their orange kit.
Ben Gerrish 39.24, Dave Brown 40.03, Peter Coish 51.16, Jo Coish 60.45
Becky George enjoyed the some off road racing along the National Trust coastal path at the Trevornick 10k.
Nine runners from Torbay Tri Club supported their local Torbay Parkrun, with Jon Parkinson and Kevin Woodard making it a one, two finish.
Jon Parkinson 17.51, Kevin Woodard 17.55, Jon Pressling 18.21, Gary Burman 18.53, Naomi Flanagan 18.58, Shaun McKernan 19.19, Russell Hart 21.52, Gary Brenton 24.13, Amanda Francis 24.59
Torbay Tri Club’s Gary Burman and Andrew Gunther proudly flew the British flag as age groupers at the Aquathlon World Championships in Pontevedra, Spain. Taking on the world’s best age groupers over a 1k swim and 5k run, the action was fast and relentless from the start, made even tougher by a strong current in the swim. The duo produced fantastic times with Andrew finishing in 39.25 and Gary not far behind in 40.55 placing both in the top half for their age group. Gary was particularly pleased with his effort which saw a rise in places from a year ago and has already set his sights on the European Championships in Romania this summer.
Torbay Tri Club had seven runners at Torbay Parkrun, with Ben Gerrish setting a new personal best time.
Jason Hurford 17.25, Ben Gerrish 17.42, Kevin Woodard 18.07, Naomi Flanagan 19.14, Matthew Botting 23.05, Jo Coish 27.58, Amanda Francis 29.56
Undoubtedly the biggest event on the running calendar saw five members of Torbay Tri Club turning the capital streets orange at the London Marathon. Ian Tyson paced his 26.2 miles to absolute perfection with a fantastic PB time of 2.43.12, followed home by Naomi Flanagan in 3.17.42 and Richard Wallace making his marathon debut in a rather quick 3.19.15 Jo Loten produced a great time of 3.49.14 and was just ahead of Mark Maslin who produced a solid run to cross the finish line in 3.50.58
Jon and Rob Pressling made it a family affair at the Cupcake Caper at Exeter’s Double Locks, aiming to complete multiple laps of the 3.3 mile riverside loop within the eight hour limit. Jon led the field from the start and called time having completed 8 laps and 26.7 miles in just over 3hours 15mins while Rob completed 6 laps for 20 miles. The event attracted runners attempting a range of distances, with the winner completing over 53 miles in nearly eight hours and all finishers receiving a colourful cupcake for their efforts.
As part of Torbay Leisure Centre’s open day, Torbay Tri Club hosted an in-house aquathlon which attracted 24 members and many others helping to marshal the 600m pool swim and 5k run around Clennon fields. Organised by club member and GB aquathlete Gary Burman, there was plenty of friendly club rivalry on show as Tim Watson and Cassandra Harrison claimed top honours while a handicapped timed system saw Lee Turner also claim a prize. During the open day members also promoted the club and spoke with those interested in joining Torbay’s only triathlon club.
Tim Watson 26.42, Lee turner 28.23, Jason Hurford 29.45, Steve Donnelly 33.00, Nigel Fenn 33.41, Cassandra Harrison 34.27, Kevin Crocker 34.29, Simon Mills 35.29, Richard Humphreys 36.27, Cathy Parkinson 36.46, Glynn Hughes 36.49, Dave Brown 36.54, Paul Mulley 37.56, Helen Mackie 38.06, Adam Williams 38.32, Julyan Baynes 38.41, Jenny Hourigan 38.46, Bobby Singh 39.19, Rachel Longthorpe 39.19, Tony hodge 40.04, Charlie Harris 42.13, Rob Harris 42.21, Stephen Wilbraham 47, Jo Coish 49.07
Wendy Urban ran her way to a third place finish at the Exmouth Half Marathon. Starting and finishing on the seafront, that was as flat and easy as the race got as runners took on a scenic yet tough multi-terrain route that included facing a headwind in the return along the coastal path. Wendy successfully completed the 13.1 miles in an impressive 1.44.41 and was 22nd place from over 2oo finishers.
With a reputation as being one of the toughest Parkruns in the country, Darren and Amanda Francis headed up to North Devon to tackle the Woolacombe Dunes Parkrun. The severity of the course, taking in the infamous dunes, was reflected in the times as Darren finished in 20.55 for third place and Amanda in 31.09
Closer to home and in blustery conditions it was a one, two for the club as Shaun McKernan held off Russell Hart while Clara Horswell made her Torbay Parkrun debut and was first female.
Shaun McKernan 18.40, Russell Hart 18.47, Clara Horswell 19.24, Angie Allen 32.41
It’s not often you have to contend with record breaking Easter temperatures but a determined effort from seven Torbay Tri Club members proved they are made of strong stuff at the Torbay Triathlon hosted by Sportiva Events. Starting with a 400m pool swim, which many would have preferred to finish with, it was then a swift transition onto the Velopark for a 15k race around the track on two wheels before racing out onto the fields for a final 5k run to the finish. GB aquathlete Gary Burman continued his fine form and was first back from the club, with Simon Mills not far behind.
Gary Burman 54.20, Simon Mills 57.08, Ian McClean 58.38, Kevin Crocker 58.54, Bobby Singh 1.04.43, Samantha Froggatt 1.14.02, Terry Windeatt 1.16.03 and Rachel Carter 1.22.50 in her debut triathlon.
In the Go Tri event Sarah Mills also successfully finished her first ever triathlon completing the 300m swim, 7.5k bike and 2.5k run in a great time of 44.22
It was a Fast Friday 10k for a speedy trio from Torbay Tri Club as Dave Brown ran a personal best time while Lee Turner and Cathy Parkinson took top spot in their age groups. For Dave is was great reward for a winter of tough speed work training as he raced his way around the multi-lap course at Exwick playing fields and along the River Exe.
Lee Turner 34.59, Dave Brown 39.32, Cathy Parkinson 44.44
Nick Cull ran a personal best time at Torbay Parkrun and was joined by other runners from Torbay Tri Club.
Shaun McKernan 18.12, Naomi Flanagan 18.59, Mark Maslin 22.51, Stephen Wilbraham 22.55, Amanda Francis 25.38, Nick Cull 26.37 and Angie Allen 34.22
Jo and Peter Coish took part in the Forest of Dean Parkrun, finishing in times of 30.12 and 27.53
It was peddle power all the way for the New Forest Sportive as six Torbay Tri Club members took on the challenge of the 81 mile epic route. For Rob Pressling, Paul and Karen Frissen this was their longest ever sportives but there were plenty of stunning views across the New Forest and over the Solent to help the miles race by. Although technically not a race, there were still target times for thought who wanted the extra challenge against the clock as they cycled their way back to the finish at Somerley House, Ringwood.
Jon Pressling 4.31.07 (Gold), Cassandra Harrison 6.05.41 (Silver), Rose Parkhouse 6.10.35 (Silver) Rob Pressling 6.12.35 (Bronze), Karen Frissen 6.47.41 (Bronze), Paul Frissen 6.47.45 (Bronze)
Beauty by name but certainly not so in nature, Jamie Stevenson battled against the cold and windy elements for 71 miles around the Exmoor Beauty course. Renowned for his biking prowess, Jamie used all his strength and power to make light work of the hilly route that headed out across Exmoor National Park before returning to Tiverton. Jamie finished in a very impressive fifth place overall in a time of 4.02.37.
In his first ever marathon, and battling strong winds, Matthew Botting triumphed over 26.2 miles in Brighton. In far from ideal conditions to be running by the sea, Matthew persevered to finish in a solid debut marathon time of 4.02.21 As a reward for his efforts Matthew was looking forward to a well earned steak and pint!
Mud, hills, river crossings and stinging nettles – Darren and Amanda Francis still enjoyed every bit of the 7 mile multi-terrain Honiton Hippo. For Darren it was an impressive fifth place overall and first male vet prize while Amanda succesfully completed her longest ever race.
Never one to shy away from a dirty weekend with his bike, Paul Mulley headed to Ashburton for the Devon Dirt. Roughly 60km in distance and offering a mix of off road tracks and country lanes, there were no race times as the aim of the event is to simply enjoy a great day of off-road cycling in Devon.
Torbay Tri Club were represented at Parkruns across the south west this weekend, with Dave Brown running a personal best of 18.24 on home turf at Torbay Parkrun.
Torbay Parkrun – Shaun Mckernan 18.19, Dave Brown 18.24, Naomi Flanagan 19.08, Mark Maslin 21.56, Samantha Froggatt 28.07, Jo Coish 28.30
Bournemouth Parkrun – Darren Francis 18.19, Amanda Francis 27.58
Tamar Lakes Parkrun – Jerry Hocking 19.55
Fueled by a winter of long distance marathon training, a magnificent seven from Torbay Tri Club turned the streets of Manchester orange as they blazed their way to plenty of outstanding performances and personal best times.
Leading the team of orange home was Jason Hurford who blitzed the 26.2 miles in a superb personal best of 2.49.39 while Clara Horswell was amongst the top twenty ladies with her first sub three hour marathon in a fantastic time of 2.57.54 Jon Parkinson proved age is no barrier with a great 3.04.51, closely followed by Nigel Fenn in 3.07.41 Paul Whitehead ran a massive personal best time by fourteen minutes to cross the line in 3.22.23 while Dan Hallam 3.28.46 and Neil Downer 3.38.42 were also understandly pleased with their times.
Ben Gerrish ran a personal best time and went sub 1.30 for the first time at Taunton Half Marathon, crossing the line in an impressive 1.29.20 Racing his way through the streets of Taunton and then out into the Somerset countryside around the one lap course, Ben’s time saw him finish well inside the top 10% of over 900 finishers.
Naomi Flanagan was first lady at Torbay Parkrun in 19.23, followed by Mark Maslin 23.21 and Jo Coish 29.34
Cathy Parkinson was second lady at Kew Woods Parkrun while Jon Parkinson warmed up for the Manchester Marathon in 27.19, pacing Josh around the course.
Steve Wilbraham 24.26 and Samantha Froggatt 29.28 ran at Killerton Parkrun.
Swimmers from Torbay Tri Club took part in the annual Swimathon, the world’s biggest fundraising swim, and put in fantastic efforts to complete the 5k challenge. Adam Williams, Rose Parkhouse, Samantha Froggatt, Sarah Addis and Angie Allen completed their 200 lengths at Torbay Leisure Centre while Cassandra Harrison visited Bridport for her swim.
Cathy Parkinson claimed an age group win and third female overall at the Dawlish Aquathlon, the third round of the series hosted by Exeter Tri Club. Comprising of a 600m pool swim and 5k run, Kevin Crocker was first back from the club while Terry Windeatt also won his age group.
Kevin Crocker 35.23, Cathy Parkinson 36.16, Terry Windeatt 49.16
While visiting the London Triathlon Show, Jon Pressling couldn’t resist taking part in an aquathlon. Pulling on his wetsuit and braving the chilly waters of the Royal Albert Docks for a 400m swim, Jon soon warmed up over the speedy 3k run to finish in 17.46
Mark Maslin and Samantha Froggatt ran personal best times at Torbay Parkrun.
Shaun McKernan 18.07, Naomi Flanagan 19.11, Neil Downer 20.30, Mark Maslin 21.22, Samantha Froggatt 28.07, Angie Allen 31.33
At Parke Parkrun there were also course personal best times for Darren and Amanda Francis in 19.50 and 29.31 respectively.
Completing his first half marathon, Torbay Tri Club’s Julyan Bayes was among 600 entrants who enjoyed a beautiful scenic route over Dartmoor at the Tavy13. Starting and finishing on Tavistock’s athletic track, after an ascent up to eight miles on the course runners were treated to beautiful moorland views before a fast downhill finish and one final lap of the track in front of the crowds enjoying the sunshine. Rob Pressling proved age is no barrier, securing a podium spot with second place in his V70 age group.
Ian McClean 1.35.40, Julyan Bayes 1.47.54, Val McClean 2.06.45, Alix Reynolds 2.13.10, Rob Pressling 2.14.43
Bathed in sunshine and perfect race conditions, Torbay Velopark played host to the Donut Duathlon as Torbay Tri Club used home advantage to secure impressive podium finishes.
The run, bike, run action was fast from start to finish and saw James Alcock secure third spot overall in the Sprint distance race while Helen Mackie also impressed with second place in her age group. The real battle though took place between Gary Burman and Dave Brown as the pair were seconds apart through the whole race, with Burman narrowly crossing the line first.
James Alcock 49.14, Gary Burman 54.18, Dave Brown 54.26, Helen Mackie 1.04.25
In the Super Sprint race Kevin Crocker took top spot on the podium and retained his title from twelve months ago, winning in a time of 30.49
Starting and finishing at the wonderfully named Piddledown Common, Hamish Renton took part in the Deep River Trail 10k. Running to the depths of the Teign Valley before rising above the Fingle treeline, this was no walk in the park as Hamish completed the race in 1.08.02
Shaun McKernan was first at Torbay Parkrun in 18.08, with Mark Maslin 21.50 and Angie Allen 31.53
A trio from Torbay Tri Club headed to Gloucester to test their stamina and endurance over 20 miles, with Jon Pressling leading the team home and Naomi Flanagan claiming third place lady. Although not the toughest course, the three laps makes for a mental and physical challenge to test runners of all abilities. With a fast pace from the start, Jon maintained this throughout and finished strong to claim a top twenty result from nearly 500 runners while Naomi made her way through the field to secure a podium spot. Neil Downer also represented the club and put in a solid and well paced performance in preparation for Manchester Marathon next month.
Jon Pressling 2.09.06, Naomi Flanagan 2.17.09, Neil Downer 2.41.32
Cathy Parkinson ran to her strengths and produced a gutsy run at Weymouth Half Marathon to claim an age group win. The performance was made all the more impressive given the tough windy conditions as runners took in a scenic tour of Weymouth’s dramatic past and landscape through the town, harbour, sea front and Lodmoor Country Park. Attracting nearly 1,000 people Cathy crossed the line in a fantastic time of 1.38.25 and took top spot on the podium for her efforts.
Continuing his preparations for the Aquathlon World Championships in May, Gary Burman headed to Exmouth for round two of the Aquathlon series organized by Exeter Tri Club. Comprising of a 600m pool swim and 4.7k run, Gary secured a speedy 7th place finish in 28.17 and now looks forward to the next round in Dawlish at the end of the month and aims to go even quicker.
Racing against the best young runners in the country, James Alcock proudly represented Devon in the Senior Boys race at the English Schools Cross Country Championships in Temple Newsam Park, Leeds. An honour in itself to be selected for his county, James lined up against over 300 other runners for the 6700m course and crossed the line in 24.19 for third place in the Devon team.
Hamish Renton enjoyed the thrills and spills of mountain bike racing in Round 1 of the Southern Enduro up at Haldon. Taking in plenty of off piste downhills sections around the testing 35k course, Hamish managed to race a clean line and put his technical bike skills to good use.
Despite far from ideal conditions there were personal best times for Mark Maslin and Samantha Froggatt at the Torbay Parkrun.
Shaun McKernan 18.31, Mark Maslin 21.39, Amanda Francis 25.16, Samantha Froggatt 28.57
While up north in Sheffield Jo Coish took part in the Graves Park Parkrun, finishing in 31.07
Jennifer Hourigan took to the streets of Barcelona to successfully complete her first marathon in an impressive time of just over four hours. The course runs in the shadow of iconic attractions around the Catalan city, including Sagrada Familia and Camp Nou, with crowds lining the streets to cheer on runners from around the world. Enjoying her debut over the marathon distance, Jennifer crossed the line in 4.06.28 and afterwards was looking forward to enjoying the city sights without running around them.
Prestwold Hall, Loughborough played host to the UK Inter Counties Cross Country Championships and Torbay Tri Club were represented by leading female runner Clara Horswell. Forming part of a six strong Devon team, Clara produced a strong performance over the 10,000m course that saw her up against the most talented cross country runners from across the country. Clara can be proud of her efforts in representing the county and came home in time of solid time of 45.27
20ish miles of mud, tough hills, cliff paths, steps, water and even more mud – Darren Francis not only tamed the infamous Grizzly race but did so in a fantastic time of 2.48.07 to finish in the top 10% from over 1600 finishers. Darren had previously completed the Grizzly on a number of occasions and all the winter training clearly paid off on the day. Darren was joined on the start by Jerry Hocking, another Grizzly veteran, who this year chose to run the shorter Cub race. Around half the distance at 9 miles, Jerry still got to take in the grueling ‘Stairway to Heaven’ coastal steps leading off Branscombe beach, and raced his way to a top ten finish in a swift time of 1.15.47
Ben Gerrish took first place at Torbay Parkrun and was joined by several members for the weekly 5k event.
Ben Gerrish 18.09, Amanda Francis 25.09, Peter Coish 25.41, Samantha Froggatt 29.51, Angela Allen 31.24
Up at Haldon Forest Parkrun, Stephen Wilbraham was the club’s sole representative and ran a time of 24.07
The 25th running of the Bideford Half Marathon attracted 13 members of Torbay Tri Club, who all put in impressive performances and included Bobby Singh completing his first race over the distance and Jason Hurford achieving a first sub 80 minute half marathon. Taking in magnificent countryside alongside the River Torridge, there was no time for sightseeing for many of the runners as Lee Turner claimed a top ten finish along with a V40 age group. Lee was joined on the age group podium by Jon Parkinson (2nd V50) and Wendy Urban (3rd V55) while Clara Horswell earned a top ten female finish. Many of the club’s runners are training for either Manchester or London marathon events next month and their times in Bideford show they are well on course with their training.
Lee Turner 1.14.01, Jason Hurford 1.19.49, Jon Parkinson 1.20.47, Nigel Fenn 1.24.30, Clara Horswell 1.26.49, Naomi Flanagan 1.30.13, Ian McClean 1.34.16, Glynn Hughes 1.35.35, Wendy Urban 1.36.25, Mark Marlin 1.42.07, Sarah Welsh 1.51.17, Adam Williams 1.53.19, Bobby Singh 1.55.13
In preparation for the Aquathlon World Championships in May, Gary Burman began his aquathlon season with a visit to Sidmouth for round one of the series organised by Exeter Tri Club. Comprising of a 600m pool swim and 5k run, Gary completed the two disciplines in 31.33 for 14th place from nearly 50 finishers. The next round takes place in two weeks in Exmouth.
It was a one, two at Torbay Parkrun as youth prevailed with Shaun McKernan narrowly finishing ahead of Jon Pressling while Helen Mackie produced a personal best time.
Shaun McKernan 18.34, Jon Pressling 18.40, Helen Mackie 22.26, Peter Coish 29.49, Jo Coish 29.51, Angie Allen 32.18
Up at Haldon Forest Parkrun Darren and Amanda Francis celebrated their respective 25th and 75th Parkruns and we’re joined by several other club members.
Darren Francis 20.32, Julyan Bayes 22.03, Paul Mulley 24.05, Gary Brenton 24.32, Amanda Francis 27.53
Neil Downer was the club’s sole representative at Parke Parkrun, running a time of 23.30
24th February 2019
Starting and finishing at Widecombe-in-the Moor, Torbay Tri Club’s lone representative at the Hameldown Hammer Half Marathon was Angela Reith who claimed first place in her age group. Rising high and steep with spectacular views across Dartmoor the route comprises almost entirely of trails and makes for a serious test of endurance that includes over 600m of ascent. Angela was amongst 200 finishes and crossed the finish line in 2.29.38
Terry Windeatt, one of the two V70’s in the club, knocked out a very commendable 2 19 at The Brighton Half Marathon, coming 9th out of the 15 in his AG.
Jerry Hocking made a familiar visit to the Dalwood Three Hills race, testing his stamina over 10 miles of multi-terrain on a course of challenging hills between Axminster and Honiton. Attracting nearly 100 runners, Jerry put his winter training to good strength by finishing 15th in 1.24.33
23rd February 2019
Torbay Parkrun attracted six club runners with Jason Hurford leading the way in first place, also securing a PB time.
Jason Hurford 17.19, Dave Brown 18.57, Gary Brenton 22.08, Mark Maslin 22.48, Bobby Singh 23.11, Jo Coish 30.28
Several members also took part in the inaugural Haldon Forest Parkrun, running their way around 5k of forest trails.
Shaun McKernan 18.48, Steve Wilbraham 23.44, Charlie Harris 27.28, Rob Harris 40.53
17th Februray 2019
A 1000m swim and 10k run was the order of the day for a group from Torbay Tri Club at the Taunton Deane Aquathlon. Now in its 15th year the annual event is an early season opportunity to put winter training to the test and that’s exactly what everyone did. Starting with a pool swim and a speedy transition it was then onto the challenging run course which included plenty of lumps and hills along quiet country lanes. Cathy Parkinson was first back from the club and also achieved an age group win while Terry Windeatt also won his respective age group.
Cathy Parkinson 1.05.09, Kevin Crocker 1.06.05, Rose Parkhouse 1.16.40, Bobby Singh 1.20.39, Terry Windeatt 1.30.21
In the short distance race, covering a 500m swim and 5k run, Gary Burman was fifth place overall and second senior in 29.17
Kevin Crocker, Cathy Parkinson and Bobby Singh after completing the full distance Taunton Aquathlon.
They say every second counts and for Ian Tyson just one second meant he achieved a personal best time over the distance at the Hampton Court Half Marathon, crossing the line in a fantastic time of 1.15.28 It was not just the time which was impressive though as Ian also finished 13th overall from over 2700 runners and proved his marathon training is well on track.
It was full steam ahead for runners from Torbay Tri Club as they aimed to Beat the Train on a scenic journey along riverside paths and woodland trails between Totnes and Staverton. Covering nearly 7 miles, first home from the club was Matthew Botting in 1.03.21, closely followed by Gary Brenton in 1.03.57. Rachel Carter was the club’s sole female representative and finished back at Totnes station in 1.24.34
Saturday 16th Feb 2019
It was a club 1,2,3 at Torbay Parkrun as Lee Turner, Darren Francis and Shaun McKernan raced their way around the Velopark and fields.
Lee Turner 17.01, Darren Francis 18.14, Shaun McKernan 18.29, Naomi Flanagan 19.14, Mark Maslin 22.01, Amanda Francis 25.18, Samantha Francis 30.14.
At Exeter Parkrun Jerry Hocking secured a PB time in 18.45 while Kevin Woodard was third at Parke in 19.20
20th January 2019
The First Chance 10k attracted a large turn out from Torbay Tri Club as 14 members raced their way around the fast, flat course at Exeter riverside. Lee Turner was first back from the club and was first V40 in fourth place overall from a very strong field, while there was impressive performances throughout from the club.Lee Turner 33.43, Ian Tyson 34.29, Jason Hurford 36.53, Darren Francis 37.19, Ben Gerrish 38.22, Nick Cull 43.06, Mark Maslin 45.55, Gary Brenton 48.12, Adam Williams 49.12, Sarah Lakey 52.13, Amanda Francis 53.05, Bobby Singh 53.18, Glynn Hughes 56.05, Jo Coish 58.12Torbay Parkrun 19th January 2019
Naomi Flanagan was first lady in 19.18, followed by Julyan Bayes 20.55, Stephen Wilbraham 21.47 and Samantha Froggatt 30.16
Jerry Hocking was the club’s only runner at Parke Parkrun and finished in 21.01
Dawlish Obelisk 13/01/2019
Spectacular views, country lanes and forest trails – the annual running of the Oh My Obelisk has it all, along with plenty of hills across the 13 mile distance. Darren Francis was Torbay Tri Club’s leading runner and was second in his age group, finishing 12th overall from almost 200 runners in 1.35.23. Darren was joined by teammate Dan Hallam who was 42nd in 1.49.31
In the shorter 9 mile event Naomi Flanagan had an impressive race to finish runner up and first lady in 1.07.14
Lee Turner was first at Torbay Parkrun and also ran a personal best time for the course in a speedy 16.48.
Mark Maslin 22.29, Gary Brenton 22.44, Julyan Bayes 23.03, Jo Coish 29.02, Samantha Froggatt 31.06.
Continuing his fine form after winning the Plympton January Jaunt 10k last week, Kevin Woodard was just as fast over 5k to be first across the line at Parke Parkrun in 18.06.
Stoke Stampede 06/01/2019
Ian Tyson got his year off to a flying start with victory at the Stoke Stampede 10k. Taking in an undulating course and the odd steep climb, a village feeling to the race attracted 365 runners with Ian securing his win in a speedy 35.36
Plympton January Jaunt 06/01/2019
Starting and finishing at Plymouth Devils Speedway, Kevin Woodard put in a speedy performance to win the Plympton January Jaunt 10k. The popular event, organised by Plymouth Round Table, attracted over 500 runners.
It was a double for Torbay Tri Club’s runners this weekend as Shaun Mckernan and Darren Francis were first across the line at Torbay and Teignmouth while Dave Brown also recorded a PB.
Torbay Parkrun 05/01/2019
Shaun Mckernan 18.04, Dave Brown 18.53, Stephen Wilbraham 22.30, Gary Brenton 23.21, Bobby Singh 23.44, Mark Maslin 23.48, Jo Coish 32.30, Samantha Froggatt 32.39