Thornbury Running Club’s Joanne Plumbley travelled to Nottingham at the end of July to take part in the Outlaw Triathlon, one of the most competitive long-distance triathlons in the racing calendar in UK.
Heavy rain and strong crosswinds created havoc on the course throughout the day. The opening 2.4 mile swim was changed to 3 laps after the top end of the lake was too choppy to swim through. Joanne completed the swim in 1 hour 18:35 mins, before setting off on the 112 mile bike section. Her willpower and mechanical skills were tested after suffering 2 punctures, which meant a slower than usual time of 7 hours 8:55 mins.
Joanne’s running form has been excellent after winning an ultra marathon in June and she carved through the field on the 26.2 mile run in 4 hours 7:03 mins. Her overall time was 12 hours 42:56 mins, finishing in 20th place in the female competition and 5th in the 40-44 age category.
Ian Evans is a relative newcomer to triathlon and made a giant leap at the weekend to compete in the middle distance ‘Cotswold Classic’. Ian swam the 1.2 mile opening stage in 40:56 mins, followed by a flat and fast 56 mile bike section in 2 hours 38:57 mins. Ian capped a very encouraging performance with a 2 hours and 5 seconds half marathon to finish with an overall time of 5 hours 25:44 mins in 256th place.
Sean Underwood was back in East End of London for the second year in a row, this time stepping up to the Olympic Plus event at London Triathlon. Sean’s day started with a 1.5 km swim, followed by a 80 km bike ride and a longer than advertised 7 mile run. His overall time of 4 hours 26:40 mins placed him in the middle of the field in 119th place.
Henry and Laura Orna were closer to home at Old Down Estate on Sunday, both competing in the rolling multi-terrain 10 km race. Henry was 6th overall in a time of 48:23 mins and Laura was 17th overall and 2nd female in a time of 53:17 mins.
Nick Langridge made his parkrun debut on home turf in the North West in Hyde on Saturday and was 6th overall in 21:41 mins. David and Anne Palmer were in the Lake District for the Fell Foot parkrun in Newby Bridge and finished with times of 27:24 mins and 33:27 mins, respectively. Rachel Murphy ran 31:59 mins at Southwick Country parkrun.
Kevin Wood chipped off 3 seconds from his personal best at Chipping Sodbury parkrun in 22 mins, Christopher Pritchard also ran a new PB with a time of 27:29 mins and Emma Pritchard ran 28:37 mins.
Lastly, there were 7 TRC results at Thornbury parkrun. Brian Godsman continues to improve and set another personal best with a time of 23:58 mins, Malcolm Carr was next and registered a new PB with 26:06 mins, Peter Blenkiron 26:58 mins, Karen Carr 28:30 mins, Nigel Hale 30:36 mins, Richard Illingworth 30:52 mins and Rebecca Dunsford ran a new PB in 31:02 mins.
I’m away for the next few weeks but Judy Mills is standing in and writing up the Results for publication – send any Results to firstname.lastname@example.org