GOG Squad Triathletes shone this weekend in the wall to wall sunshine that graced the North Wales coast.
On Saturday at the Run Wales Big Rock 10km race in Penmaenmawr. Helen McArthur was first home for the GOGs in 6th place overall and second in her age category 46.26. She was followed by Hayley Price Jones 14th overall and first in her age group in 51.29. Stephanie Conwy finished in 51.35.
Down in Llangollen the Trail 10km race was held also on Saturday. Continuing his fine form Andy Jones was 6th overall and 2nd in his age group in 42.02. He was followed Craig Rutter 44.02, Lewis Myatt 44.02 and Andrew Roberts 1.07.18. Nan Roberts also finished in 1.07.18.
And further south Gavin Roberts came in 3rd in the Ras y Moelwyn which included 2900ft ascent over 9.5 miles.
Ruthin Tri Stars held their annual sprint triathlon on Sunday. The GOG’s were well represented on the podium with age group prizes for Adrian Leonard, Paul Algieri and Martin Witty. Adrian was 5th overall with solid performances across the disciplines in 1.09.54. Paul Algieri was 7th in 1.12.13. Eduardo Vega was one of only three triathletes all day to record a sub 20 minute 5km run to finish in 12th place overall in 1.14.13. Martin Witty finished in 1.15.41, Chris Bennett 1.18.31, Bleddyn Evans 1.19.11, Jason Breakey 1.23.54, Simon Hick 1.27.56 and Mark Roberts 1.34.44. Laura Lamb was first female home for the GOGs in 1.37.21, she was followed by Dinah Hazeldine in 1.55.31. The duo of Deborah Robinson and Malcolm Harrison started well with an PB in the pool for Deborah and went on to win the team relay in 1.36.51.
At the Llyn Brenig and Alwen two lakes trail races the club was represented by Cheryl Stewart, Michelle Lindfield, Sonja Griffiths, Sharon Hughes and Andrew Elwood.
Finally, some members crossed the border to run the Liverpool Spring 10km race. Andrew Williams had a good run to finish in 41.18. Steve Jones was next home in 58.01. Mared Dafydd was the sole female representative for the club finishing in 44.37.
On Sunday Mold was the place to be for triathletes taking part for the Cadence Tri Sprint Triathlon. A number of the GOG Squad were taking part and Sion Kelly Williams took third spot on the podium in 1.17.31. Next home was Tim Burnett in 6th place overall 1.19.39. Jonathan Seymour was 11th in 1.21.41. He was followed by Eduardo Vega in 1.25.13, Brian Bennett 1.32.05. Joshua White 1.34.15, Richie Bartlett 1.41.16, Malcolm Harrison 1.50.45, and Christian Kent 1.52.33.
First GOG to finish in the lady’s race in 13th position overall was Paula Stevens in 1.48.08. She was followed by Lucy Bradley in 2.07.05 and taking first in her age group Dinah Hazeldine in 2.18.31.
The Club had a good turnout in the Chester Half Marathon alongside over six thousand other runners. Daragh Reynolds had a strong run and was the first GOG home in 1.23.08. He was followed by Andy Jones who finished in 1.27.35. Andy ran well considering his 3.18 London Marathon time last week. Andrew Roberts finished in 1.42.30, Ashley Tomlinson 1.42.52, and Paul Hooson 1.44.23.
Mared Dafydd had a great race finishing the half with a PB of 1.38.19. Next home with another PB was Claire Scoots in 1.52.55. Stephanie Conway finished in 1.53.11, Sarah Massey in 2.05.33 and Nan Roberts in 2.11.55.
In Oulton Park Spring Duathlon Geran Hughes finished in 1.11.15, 41st overall and third in his age category. Angie Hughes was 27th female in 1.29.06, 27th. Her time and position in her age category, enables her to qualify for Team GB in the World Duathlon Championships in Copenhagen later in the year.
Finally, on Saturday Gavin Roberts took second place in the tough Llangynhafal Loop Fell Race in Denbighshire.
GOG Triathlon Club had representatives taking part in several events at the weekend, with some good results recorded in the spring sunshine.
In Machynlleth Cerist Triathlon Club hosted the Dyfi Dash Sprint Triathlon. The event was won by the unstoppable GOG Simon Cole who recorded the fastest run split of the day to complete the course in a fantastic time of 57.45. Finishing in 7th place overall with consistent results across the disciplines to take second in his age category was Matthew Ashton in 1.04.44. Next home was Jonathon Seymour in 1.06.26, Simon Baldwin in 1.10.07, Mark Roberts in 1.28.58 and Malcolm Harrison in 1.29.04. In the ladies race Emer Sandham was third overall in 1.13.50. Next to finish was Pippa Jones in 1.22.19, followed by Angie Hughes who was second in her age category in 1.22.32, and Dinah Hazeldine in 1.51.41.
Paul Algieri and son David travelled to Ormskirk to the West Lancs Triathlon on Sunday. Paul recorded an impressive 1.04.38 to finish 5th in his age category. David who was taking on his first triathlon finished in a respectable 1.19.11.
At the Greater Manchester Marathon the GOG Squad had a good team of ladies running. Megan New was first home for the GOGs in a great time of 4.18, she was followed by Llinos Davies 4.47, Sarah Massey and Sarah Hind 4.54, and Sonja Griffiths and Celia Free 5.32
Finally Eduardo Vega had a strong run at the Tatton Park 10k run, finishing in third place overall in 36.13. And in Rome Neil Vicars Harris finished the Rome Marathon in 3.43.24.
Running was the order of the weekend for GOG Triathletes.
On Saturday Gavin Roberts had a fine start to his season, finishing Dolgarrog’s tough Pipe Dream Fell race in 39.42 and 3rd overall.
Over on Anglesey Always Aim High were running the Jones Crisps 10km and Half Marathon road races.
Gavin Roberts ran the 10km to shakeout his legs after Pipe Dream and finished in 4th place overall in 37.23, twenty seconds later Jon Seymour crossed the line in 5th place recording a 10km PB of 37.46. Next home was Simon Baldwin in 44.21, Andrew Roberts, 47.35, Joshua White 48.27 and Sion Jones 54.25. The combined efforts of the GOGs earned the men the title of first placed team. The ladies 10km team comprised of Nan Roberts who finished in 59.27, Margaret Pennington 1.01.51 and Cheryl Stewart 1.06.31.
In the Half Marathon Daragh Reynolds was the first GOG to finish in a very respectable 22nd place overall in 1.24.25. Next home was Andy Jones recording a consistently good time of 1.30. He was followed by Neil Vickers Harris 1.39.22, Bleddyn Evans 1.47.12, Merf Jones 1.50.50 and John Farrell 2.12.52.
Sasha Jones finished first for the GOG ladies in 85th place in 1.51.05. She was followed by Michelle Farrell in 2.00.43, Sarah Marriot 2.13.18, Sarah Massey 2.13.53. Celia Free 2.15.47, Geri Evans 2.18.41 and Lucy Bradley 2.37.51.
Following on from record numbers of GOG Triathletes running the Nick Beer race in Llandudno last week, the club had another busy weekend with members competing in local events and a group taking part in the first Welsh Triathlon Community Activators Training delivered by British Triathlon Tutor and local Coach Rhian Roxburgh.
The Run Wales Rhyl10 took place on Saturday, the flat course promised fast times and British Masters 10 Mile Road Running Championship medals. Simon Cole claimed both finishing in second place overall in 54.13, and first in the V35 British Masters Championship. Also taking part was Andrew Roberts who posted 1.16.58 and Non Roberts 1.40.51.
On Sunday members travelled to Wrexham for the Village Bakery Half Marathon. First home for the GOGs was Andy Jones in 1.30.11, he was followed by Neil Vickers Harris in 1.42.59. Llinos Davies recorded a half marathon PB finishing in 2.04.29. She was followed by Sarah Massey 2.15.02, Sarah Marriot 2.19.21 and Celia Free 2.23.59.
If you are interested in triathlon or are thinking about taking up the sport, check out the GOG website or facebook page for more details.
GOG Triathlon Club hosted the 11th annual Llanrwst Sprint Triathlon on Sunday with triathletes travelling from all over the region to race alongside a high proportion of GOG club members. The 400 metre swim took place at Llanrwst Pool, the 25 km cycle saw competitors ride up to Tal-y-Cafn, cross the Conwy River and back down the Valley through Trefriw to make their way back to the Llanrwst Bowling Green Carpark, where they then embarked on a 5 km run up to Gwydir Forest and back. The race was a sell-out with 153 entries over a range of age categories from 15 to 60+. Despite the tough run course, the club event is renowned for being a beginner friendly race owing to the fact the organisers and most marshals also take part, and fully appreciate that encouragement should be mustered for all levels of competitor.
Near perfect conditions on Sunday made for fantastic racing with fast times recorded on the bike and run. The male competition was dominated by the home club with a 1-2-3 for the GOG Squad. Jack Smith-Keegin had an incredible race recording a 4.49 swim, 36.56 bike and 19.04 run to finish 1st overall in 1.03.22. In 2nd place was young Welsh Triathlon Star Sam Johnson in 1.04.15. Gareth Bowyer took 3rd in 1.07.31. The female race was won by visitor Sarah Ryder of Wrecsam Tri in 1.16.08, with a 8.50 swim, a very strong 42.34 bike and 22.56 run. In 2nd place for the second year running was GOG’s Emer Sandham in 1.18.50. Third place was won by experienced Super Veteran Bridget Ripley in 1.20.04.
The age group results were as follows; in the youth category Tomos Land of Conwy Tri Stars was 1st in 1.18.04 and representing the girls Welsh Triathlon Academy’s Mali Jones was 1st in 01:24:27. In the Junior category GOGs Sion Kelly-Williams finished in 01:11:31 and Colwyn Bay Athletics Rhiannon Kamink finished in 01:22:18. Out of the 19 Senior 1 age group triathletes competing, Stephen Price of Blackcat Cycling Club was 1st in 01:12:45 and Toni Whitney was 1st female in 01:25:17. There were 38 Senior 2’s competing and GOGs took both male and female 1st with Matthew Ashton finishing in 1.10.36 and Sarah Gallacher finishing in 1.23.19. The Veteran category was particularly competitive, with GOGs Tim Burnett finishing in 1.10.39 and Claire Birch of OO Tri finishing in 1.26.41. Of the 33 Super Veterans registered GOGs Pete Ward finished in 01:10:55 and GOGs Vicky Ronald in 1.22.27. The Vintage Veterans category had 12 competitors with Colin Hunt of Wrecsam Tri finishing in 1.18.48 and Vicky Cortvriend of Denbigh Harriers finishing in 2.03.17.
Llanrwst Triathlon is a popular event which couldn’t have happened without the support of a number of local business around the Conwy Valley and beyond including; Evolution Bikes, Betws based Kingud bike cleaning products, Meriden Bars, Jones Crisps, Llanrwst produced Aberffraw Biscuits, Beech Homes, Clear Accounting, Cotswolds, Trirox Training, Coop Rhuddlan, Coop Llanrwst, Carlos Restaurant, Goodwinesonline, Muc-off, Rydal School and The St George Hotel. The club would like to thank all of its sponsors for supporting this hugely successful event.
Swimming and running were the weekend activities for the GOG Squad this week with members of the club taking part in swim races in Llanberis on Sunday and the Dee Mile last Saturday and running events as far afield as Ireland.
Joni Stubbs-Thrush took to the Dee in Chester alongside 425 other swimmers and had a good swim finishing the mile and a quarter race in 32.36 in 54th place from a field of 192 women.
In Llanberis there were three distances in the Big Brutal Swim in Llyn Padarn. Daragh Reynolds took on the epic 10km swim and finished in 17th place in 2.53.20. Simon Roxburgh did the 5km distance, finishing in 20th place in 1.26.22 and Paul Hooson did the 2.5km swim finishing in 10th place in 39.32.
On to running where Gavin Roberts ran the Maesgwm Muddle Fell Race on Saturday finishing in a fine 31st place in the 8.7mile British Championship race in 1.42.56.
A group of GOGs headed across the water to Ireland on Sunday to take part in the Dublin Rock’n’Roll Half Marathon. Sarah Massey, Sarah Marriot and Celia Free showing true team spirit, crossed the line together in this unique half marathon in 2.28.40.
Finally, Rich Smith upped his running distance to run the Newark Half Marathon alongside 1032 other runners, finishing in 1.56.34.
The Always Aim High Snowman Triathlon was held in Capel Curig at the weekend and the GOG Squad had triathletes competing both days. The first event was the sprint triathlon on Saturday and the GOG Squad were well represented and took podium positions. The race starts with a 400-metre swim in Llyn Mymbyr, then athletes cycle to Llanrwst, and finally take to the trails around Plas Y Brenin for a 5km run. Gareth Bowyer was first home for the GOGs in 3rd place overall in 1.19.35, he was followed by Rhys James in 1.28.03, Paul Algieri in 1.30.0, a great time which earned him first in his MV50 age category, and Simon Baldwin in 1.37.38. In the lady’s race Lisa Scoots finished 1.37.48 and Dinah Hazeldine 2.26.06.
The Full distance of the Snowman was on Sunday. It comprised of a 1000m swim, 70km bike leg taking in the Crimea Pass from Blaenau and then an epic run to the summit of Moel Siabod and back. Gareth Bowyer returned on Sunday to race the full distance, undertaking both races is a separate event known as the ‘Snowman Savage’. With boundless energy, he had another great race finishing the race in 6th place overall in 3.43.39, which left him in second place in the Savage event. Next home was Sion Kelly Williams in 4.07.55, then first time triathlete Jason Breaky in 4.28.16, followed by Merfyn Jones in 4.34.32, Carlo Galeotti in 4.51.30 and Chris Kent in 6.07.18. Emer Sandham was the sole female representative on Sunday and finished in third place overall in 4.23.40.
Elsewhere Paul Hooson returned to his racing roots to take part in the Salford Sprint Triathlon, finishing well in 39th place overall in 1.20.25.
Gavin Roberts took fourth place overall and first in his age category in the tough North Wales Half Marathon, finishing the race in 1.26.35.
Over in Holyhead Andy Jones raced the Cybi Striders Holyhead Breakwater race, finishing in 6th place overall in 32.49. Craig Rutter also ran the 5 mile race in 35.55.
The GOG Squad had a great turnout on Wednesday last for the Eryri Harries Rasio’r Tren. The race which sees runners take the Welsh Highland Train up to Dinas and chase it back to Caernarfon is a fun event and attracts a good field of runners and fast times owing to the slightly descending course.
Daragh Reynolds with legs fresh from the Snowdon race on Sunday was the first GOG home, taking 12th place in 17:18. Next to finish was another Snowdon runner David Griffith Male in 19:38. He was followed by Robin Sandham 20:00, Andrew Ellwood 22:43 and Rob Stewart 23:41. Emer Sandham was the first female GOG to finish in 10th place in 19:40. She was followed by Ellie New in 20:49, Laurie Griffith Female 22:46, Sarah Marriot 25:36, Sarah Massey 25:41, Sarah Ellwood 26:24, Celia Free Female 30:14 and Cheryl Stewart 30:17.
Elsewhere Joni Stubbs Thrush took part in the Wales in a Day Cycle Event on Saturday. Joni had a great ride and despite tough conditions on the gruelling 185 mile ride from Caernarfon through the central Wales all the way to Chepstow was the first lady to finish in a fantastic 15 hours 25mins.
Simon Hick has just returned from France where he undertook the Etape de Tour, an event which sees cyclists ride a stage of the Tour De France prior to the professionals rolling into town. This year the 18th Stage was 181km long and took in the classic climbs of the Col du Var and Col d’Izoard. Hick finished the event in 11.28.
Finally closer to home on Sunday Paul Cheetham ran the Scott Snowdonia Trail Half Marathon finishing in 3.31.03. Geri Evans ran the 10 km Trail finishing in 40th place in 1.23.12.
Porth Eirias was a hive of activity on Saturday as GOG Triathlon Club hosted the Welsh Aquathlon Championships. The Aquathlon was a 750m swim to 5km run race format, which saw competitors started the race on the beach, run into the sea and swim two laps of a 350m course, then back up the beach to remove wetsuits in transition to run eastwards to Rainbow Bridge and back to finish on the roof of the iconic building. The event was well attended with club members racing against athletes from all over Wales and there were some some super-fast results from both locals and visitors.
Sam Johnson was first home for the GOG’s in second place overall in a fantastic time of 28.43, where he recorded a sub 10-minute swim and 18.28 run. Other male results were as follows; 12th Tim Burnett 34.18 (second in age), 14th Gareth Bowyer 34.52 (3rd in age), 17th Sion Kelly Williams 35.38 (second in age), 18th Chris Wynne 36.14 (2nd in age), 19th Paul Algieri 36.21 (3rd in age), 22nd Andrew Williams 37.02, 23rd Paul Hooson 37.07, 24th Andy Brazier 37.25, 26th Sion Hughes 37.44, 31st Merf Jones 39.15, 33rd Stu Goldsack 39.26, 35th Richard Smith 39.38, 38th Alex Williams 41.26, 40th Paul Cheetham 41.44, 42nd Phill Coppin 44.19, 43rd Rob Stewart 44.24, 44th Bleddyn Evans 44.24, 45th Russell Reid 45.23, 46th Rory Fish 46.06.
Vicky Cole took second place in the ladies’ race in a great time of 34.51, also first in the senior female age category. Other female results were; 7th Ellie New 40.18 (3rd in age), 10th Evelyn Heffernan 47.29 (2nd in age), 11 Geri Evans 47.31 (3rd in age), 14th Dinah Hazeldine 55.56 and 15th Deborah Robinson 1.02.25.
In Church Stretton Merilin Sikk ran the Piece of Cake half marathon, a trail race through the Shropshire Hills and Long Mynd. Merilin ran well and was the fourth female to finish in a time of 2.05.40.
The Snowdon Race also took place on Saturday and it was great to see GOG Triathlon Club members taking part in this truly international race. First to finish for the GOG’s in 46th place out of the 461 runners on the mountain was Gavin Roberts in 1.20.55. He was followed by Daragh Reynolds 1.34.34, David Griffith 1.36.48 and Laurie Griffith 2.11.51.
On Sunday over in Chester the Deva Divas Sprint Triathlon was hosted by Chester Triathlon Club, the event comprised of a 750m swim in the River Dee, a 25km bike leg out towards Pulford and a 5km run on the Meadows. First to finish for the GOG’s was Emer Sandham in 5th place in 1.24.07, followed by Joni Stubbs Thrush in 17th in 1.29.30. Angie Hughes was 31st overall and made a fantastic return to triathlon finishing first in her age category in 1.34.59. Paula Stevens was next home in 1.41.54. Cheryl Stewart made her triathlon debut and finished in a respectable 1.54.12. Dinah Hazeldine fresh from Saturdays Aquathlon raced well again in Chester to finish in 1.59.41.
Members of GOG Triathlon Club travelled the length of Wales this weekend to take part in the Cardiff Triathlon, whilst others stayed closer to home to compete on more familiar terrain and the home of the GOG Squad in Llandudno.
Down south the North Walian visitors took part in the Cardiff olympic distance race which started with a 1500 metre swim in the Bay, followed by a fast cycle route through closed city streets and rounded off with a 10km run along the Cardiff Bay barrage. Young Sion Kelly Williams led the GOGs home in 22nd place out of the 500 plus triathletes in 2.08.04. He was followed by Greig Best in 2.11.44, Simon Roxburgh in 2.13.43, Carlo Galeotti in 2.19.15 and Stuart Goldsack in 2.31.42. Joni Stubbs Thrush was the sole female representative for the GOGs and raced well in rain and wind to finish 28th female in 2.36.03
The Llandudno the Sea Triathlon sprint race attracted stiff competition on the basis of it being a World Championship qualifier this year. The race comprised of a 750m sea swim, two bike laps of the Great Orme and 5km run towards the Little Orme. Gareth Bowyer led the locals home in 1.12.12, taking first place in his age category. He was followed by Geran Hughes in 1.19.06, Paul Algieri in 1.22.24, Merfyn Jones 1.26.04 and Simon Adey Davies in 1.48.58. Deborah Robinson represented the ladies finishing in 2.42.02.
For the first time in Llandudno there was also a middle-distance race taking place which involved a 1900 metre swim, 87km cycle and 20km run. Gavin Roberts upped his racing distance to take this on and despite an early puncture on the bike, finished with a strong run in 12th place and third in his age category in 5.28.09.
Elsewhere over the weekend Paul Hooson raced on home turf in the 5km race in Rhyl Runfest finishing 16th overall and 3rd in his age category in 22.03. Daragh Reynolds ventured north on two wheels to compete in the gruelling C2C in a Day Sportive; a 242km cycle from Seascale to Whitby finishing in 11 hours.
Finally Emer Sandham returned to training with the GOGs this week following her recent trip to the European Triathlon Championships in Kitzbuhel in Austria, where she was competing for her home nation Ireland in the olympic distance race. She finished in 2.47.45, 20th place in her age, a respectable result on a tough course and the fact it was her first time competing at this level.
It was a busy week for the Gog triathlon club with members competing in events all over the North West.
Gog triathlon were well represented at the Abersoch triathlon which is part of the Abersoch Triple crown. This is a very popular and competitive event with triathletes travelling to North Wales from all over the UK. First home in the sprint race was Simon Roxborough in a time of 1:13:50 finishing a very credible seventh overall and third in age group. Next home was Daragh Reynolds in 1:18:19, 14th overall. Simon Baldwin 1:21:57, Paul Hooson 1:25:54. Sarah Gallacher 1:26:17 was second in her age group and enjoyed her first podium finish with Dinah Hazeldene coming home in 2:04:27.
The Gog squad team consisting of Stuart Goldsack, Ashley Tomlinson, and Andrew Williams completed The Olympic distance in 2:34:09 finishing 13th overall.
Three Gog’s competed in the Deinolen 10k on Wednesday. Gavin Roberts finished 5th overall in 38:27. Sion Kelly Williams was 8th overall in 40:24 and Jason Breakey 52:44.
Paula Stevens competed in the Port Sunlight 10k finishing in 57:45.
Andy Jones ran a 1:33:55 at the Potters Half marathon in stoke on Trent. Also Gavin Roberts came second overall in the Holyhead Mountain Race in 53.40.
With multisport high on the local agenda, last weekend saw members of the GOG Squad taking part in a variety of events.
On Friday night the popular Deganwy Dash 5 mile run returned to the racing calendar. Simon Cole fresh from his recent European event in Spain stormed around the course finishing 3rd overall in 27.27. The flat course and perfect conditions made for some good times with Andrew Roberts recording 34.07, Craig Rutter 35.12, Simon Blain 35.36, Chris Bennett 36.20, Evelyn Heffernan 44.48, Sarah Marriot 47.23, Llinos Davies 47.40 and Nan Roberts 48.06.
In Abersoch on Saturday the first race of the Triple Crown Series was underway early with the Henri Lloyd 10 km. This is a tough undulating course with the added test of having to run the final kilometre along the beach. Daragh Reynolds had a fine race rising to the challenge to finish 7th overall in 37.42. Next home was Simon Roxburgh 41.23, Andrew Williams 44.02, and Simon Baldwin 48.01. Vicky Cole ran well to finish first GOG lady and 13th overall in 48.04, she was followed by Sarah Gallacher 49.39, Sarah Massey 1.05.10, and Celia Free 1.05.14.
On Sunday the GOG Squad were well represented in the Chester Triathlon Club run events based in Grosvenor Park and in the River Dee. In the standard race Jack Keegin Smith finished first for the GOGs in 45th place in 2.07.19. He was followed by Tim Burnett 2.15.50, Paul Algieri 2.25.16, David Griffith 2.31.30, Stuart Goldsack 2.52.30, Richie Bartlett who was taking on his first standard distance triathlon 2.52.46 and Arwyn Jones 2.55.56. Also taking place was a Middle distance triathlon, involving a 1900m Swim, 87km Bike and 21km Run. A number of the GOG Squad upped their racing distance to take part in the middle distance triathlon but it was the more experience long distance triathlete Grieg Best who finished first for the GOG’s in 36th overall in 4.43.52. Next home was Sion Hughes 5.10.26, Carlo Galeotti 5.10.52, Andrew Brazier 5.18.58, Richard Smith 5.23.40, and Paul Sanders 5.46.26. The only GOG female to take on the race was Laurie Griffith who raced well to finish in a respectable 6.14.52.
The Bala Middle distance triathlon also took place on Sunday. This is a well-established race set on a testing course around the Gwynedd countryside with a swim in Llyn Tegid. Ironman-in-training Alex Hatton finished first for the GOGs in 24th place overall in 4.48.20. He was followed by Sion Kelly Williams 5.09.01 and Peter Ward 5.17.13. As the race was also hosting the Welsh Championship Welsh Middle Distance Kelly Williams’ efforts saw him awarded as the Junior Welsh Middle Distance Champion.
Two of the GOG Squad had ventured further afield to race in the Strathclyde Park Triathlon Festival in Glasgow. Malcolm Harrison took on the sprint race finishing in 1.32.30. Deborah Robinson took on the super sprint finishing fourth in her age group in 1.10.13.
Finally regulars at Parkrun may have noticed a GOG takeover last Saturday, which saw a number of the GOG Squad volunteering to assist with the weekly 5km run at Conwy RSPB. The club also used this opportunity to generate interest in their summer events including an Aquathlon in July and a Sprint Triathlon in August. If you are interested in taking part in these events or triathlon generally see the GOG website or Facebook group ‘GOG Triathlon’ for more information.
It was a very busy weekend for GOG Triathlon Club with members taking part in various races across the region.
The Always Aim High Slateman Sprint Triathlon was the first event to take place on Saturday and the GOG Squad were well represented and rewarded across the age groups. The race started with a swim in Llyn Padarn, then athletes had to battle wind and rain up Llanberis Pass, and finally take to the trails of Padarn County Park for a 6-km run. Gareth Bowyer was first home for the GOGs in 7th place and second in his age group of +40 in 1.15.49, he was followed by Jack Keegin Smith in 10th place overall in 1.17.09, Tomas Aldous was 19th and second in his age group of under 23 in 1.22.39, Geran Huges was 25th and first in his age group of M50+, and Simon Baldwin 77th in 1.37. Amy Edwards was the sole female representative in the sprint race, and although this was only her first triathlon she finished in 17th place in 1.38.35 and most notably 1st in her age category Under 23.
Sunday was the Standard distance of the Slateman, which was roughly double the distances of Saturdays route with the added bonus the notorious ‘Quarryman’ challenge run up through the slate quarries over Llyn Peris. Simon Roxburgh had a great race and was first home for the GOGs in 38th place overall from a field of 760 Males in 2.49.21. Gareth Bowyer took on the standard distance on top of the sprint on Saturday and finished in 55th place in 2.53.34. He was followed by Gavin Roberts in 3.00.58, Daragh Reynolds in 3.15.21, Carlo Galeotti in 3.19.18, Chris Bennett in 3.20.42, Martin King Shears in 3.22.29, Merfyn Jones in 3.29.17, Chris Van Hessing in 3.31.08, Gwyn Jones in 4.01.17 and Chris Hopkins in 4.08.22. Emer Sandham represented the GOG ladies in the standard race finishing in 3.13.19, 14th place overall from a field of 180 women.
Elsewhere Matthew Ashton and Paul Algieri headed to Southport to take on the Southport Sprint Triathlon. In contrast to the Slateman this course is a flat seaside sprint and sees some super-fast splits across the disciplines. Both raced well with Ashton finishing in 42nd place from a field of 280 in 1.09.00 and Algieri in 93rd in 1.13.24.
Over in Nantwich Barry and Lyndsay Craven took on the Cheshire Sprint Triathlon. Barry finished in 1.51.18 and having made a big improvement on her 2016 results Lyndsay finished in 2.18.54.
Finally, in the Essar Chester half marathon the GOG Squad had a team of 5 in action. Andy Jones continuing his fine form finished in 1.30.38, followed by another athlete getting stronger by the race Richie Bartlett in 1.47.33. Gareth Jones finished in 1.57.38 and Rab Aujila 2.43.38. Nicola Tomlinson representing the ladies finished in 1.50.02.
GOG Triathlon Club member Simon Cole represented Team GB in the European Duathlon Championships in Soria, Spain on 30th April 2017. Having qualified for the race in October 2016 Cole and his family travelled to the mountainous area of northern central Spain to take part in the race alongside a strong field of European athletes. In Coles age category of 35-39 GB and Spanish athletes dominated the start list but there were also representations from France, Ireland, Belgium and Italy.
This standard distance duathlon comprised of a 10km run, 40km bike, 5km run on hilly terrain around Soria. The weather forecast for race day was 12 degrees, 30 mph winds and rain for the start, which made for worrying conditions. However thankfully as the day dawned athletes were greeted by a bright and breezy start without the rain.
The first 10km run was four circuits of a 2.5 km loop, each loop had six 180 degree turns, a dizzyingly 24 in total. The turns combined with the incline on the course, along with the effect of the altitude (Soria is at 1000m, roughly the height of Snowdon) made for tough running. This was definitely not 10 km personal best territory. The local Spanish athletes dominated the first run but Cole ran well clocking 36.07 for his first 10km.
The bike course was an out and back, 3 lap ride of 13km. The 180 degree turnaround point 6.5km SSW of Soria was actually at the same altitude as Soria. So athletes rode down out of Soria, with a climb up to the turnaround point and the reverse on the return. However, the breeze had been building to a strong headwind, so the return translated to a difference of 4 minutes on each outward leg. Cole clocked 1hr 15mins of riding time for the 40k bike a respectable time considering the wind.
According to Cole the last leg of the duathlon “always goes fast so no matter how bad you feel, you just have to go for it”! And go for it he did recording 18.53 for the second 5 km run, notably the third fastest 5km overall.
He finished the duathlon in a time of 2:14:06, 19th overall out of a field of 260 athletes. He was 6th in his age category and was the 4th GB athlete to finish. Guillaume Le Mouhaer, a Spaniard was the winner of Cole’s age group, and the overall winner in 2:05:55.
Cole a promising multisport athlete, had a fantastic performance in Soria particularly in such testing conditions and given this was his first time competing at this level. He has just qualified to represent Team GB in the Duathlon World Championships in Canada later in the year, and hopes to qualify for the European Championship’s in Ibiza next year.
Ruthin Tri Stars hosted their annual sprint triathlon at Bryn Hyfryd leisure centre in Ruthin on the 14th May. Members of GOG Triathlon Club and their families have supported this event and the proceeding junior races since the clubs inception so it was no surprise to see a number of GOG’s in action.
In the men’s race a strong GOG contingent impressively took 6 of the top 12 places. Pete Borlace finished 4th overall and third in his age category of 30-39 in 1.16.22 . Next home was Sion Hughes in 5th in 1.17.38, picking up a prize for 1st in his age category of 40-49. In 7th Martin Witty finished in 1.19.10, with another first in his age category of 50++. In close succession Andrew Williams was 10th in 1.20.34, Chris Wynne 11th in 1.20.46 and Paul Hooson 12th in 1.20.52. Next to finish was Stuart Goldsack in 1.24.37, Gwyn Jones in 1.24.59, Simon Hick in 1.25.14 and Bleddyn Evans in 1.25.14.
In the women’s race continuing her good form Paula Stevens finished first for the GOGs in 10th place overall in 1.34.42. Rachel Surridge who was competing in her first triathlon finished in a respectable 1.40.21.
The GOG Squad were in action in the Cadence Triathlon Club Sprint Triathlon in Mold last weekend and took home several age group trophies demonstrating that putting the winter training hours in certainly pays off in Spring races. The triathlon started with a 400-metre pool based swim at Mold Leisure Centre, competitors then headed out on a testing 25km bike course that took in the infamous climb of the “Rainbow”, continuing to Graianrhyd, down Coed Talon then back to Mold. The run was a double 2.5km closed-road loop. In all this was a tough course, but almost perfect conditions made for some great racing.
Club Chairman Simon Roxburgh was the first GOG to finish in 7th place overall with a 1.18.01. Simon flew around the bike course in 47.47 and picked up a well-deserved first in his age category M40-49 for his efforts. Tim Burnett was next over the line, 16th overall in 1.22.40. With another outstanding sub 20-minute run Geran Hughes finished in 1.23.42, 18thoverall. Geran was first in his age category of M50-59. Continuing his good form Paul Algieri finished next in 1.26.18 to claim second prize in the same age category. Andrew Williams finished 38th overall in 1.30.39. Richie Bartlett had a great race finishing 46th in 1.33.06. Taking another first in his age category of 60+ Malcolm Harrison finished 55th in 1.36.04. Stuart Goldsack finished in 1.38.58, most notably with some of the quickest transitions of the day.
Sarah Gallacher had a fantastic first race of the year and finished 7th lady overall. Sarah was third in her age category 30-39. Paula Stevens who is improving in every race finished in 21st place and also third in her age category of 40-49 in 1.48.57. Laurie Griffith was next home in 24th place in 1.49.44. Dinah Hazeldine was 34th in 2.13.31.
Elsewhere Simon Hick was the sole representative for the GOG Squad in the Betws Y Coed Quest Adventure race. This event comprised of a 42 kilometre five stage multi-sport route, where competitors trail run, road bike and even kayak their way between points in Gwydir Forest. Simon finished this gruelling race in 3.50.05 in 31stplace overall.
Thanks to Deborah Robinson for the photo!
The first local triathlon of the 2017 season, the Dyfi Dash, was held this week in Machynlleth. An early season triathlon in Wales will often mean racing in tough conditions and Sunday was no exception, with winds of 25mph gusting through the Dyfi valley. Six members of the club braved the weather and raced the sprint distance with 120 other athletes from all over Wales; with a 400 metre pool swim, a 19km bike leg and a 6km run.
Paul Algeri was the first of the GOG Squad to finish, and the 15th male overall in a time of 1.15.37. Paul was second in his age category and put in a super swim time of 6.44, the sixth fastest swim of the day. He was followed by Simon Baldwin who was 23rd overall in 1.18.38. Next home was a regular at this race; Malcolm Harrison in 1.19.48 (photographed). This time enabled Harrison to defend his Male Vet age group category from 2016. Chris Van Hessing finished in 30th place in a time of 1.21.36.
Representing the ladies, Emer Sandham was the fourth female overall to finish in a time of 1.18.42. Dinah Hazeldine another Dyfi Dash regular, had a good race finishing in a time of 1.53.18.
The GOGs were represented across the region over the weekend in various events.
On Saturday, the infamous ‘Pipe Dream’ fell race was held in Dolgarrog, the race is a five-mile route which heads out of the village and straight up the steps alongside the Dolgarrog Power Station cooling pipes with 1270ft of climbing in the first mile and 1700ft of climbing overall.
Jack Smith Keegin was the first GOG home finishing 10th overall in a time of 40.06. He was followed by Daragh Reynolds in 41.44, Tomas Aldous in 43.28 and Huw Parry in 56.59. Helen Macarthur was first GOG female to finish in 50.16 and third in her age category, she was followed by Amy O’Hare in 53.12 and Emma Huntley in 56.57.
On Sunday starting in challenging conditions on the Menai Suspension Bridge the club was represented by 10 runners in the Always Aim High Anglesey Half Marathon. First finisher for the GOGs in 31st place was Phil Lynes in 1.24.29. Lynes was followed by Simon Blain in 1.37.02, Paul Sander in 1.40.19, Richard Smith in 1.40.36, Gwyn Jones in 1.41.41, Gary Jones 1.45.21, Jason Breakey in 1.51.10 and Ryan Simpson in 2.31.36. Laurie Griffiths was first female GOG to finish in 1.49.14 followed by Geri Evans in 2.19.58. Simon Baldwin raced the 10k event finishing 9th in 48.43.
In just as testing weather over at Oulton Park in Cheshire the Extra Mile Events Spring Duathlon was taking place. Welsh Champions Simon Cole and Sion Kelly Williams were taking part in the standard distance race and finished in 1.46.14 and 2.02.41 respectively. Cole was 6th overall and picked up a prize for 3rd in his age category 35-39, while Kelly Williams was 75th overall and 2nd in his age category U19. In the sprint race making his duathlon debut Paul Algeri finished in 1.24.05 followed by Malcolm Harrison in 1.29.48.
Finally, further afield in Paris also taking on a half marathon with a truly international field of over 38,000 other runners were Michelle Lindfield, Cheryl Stewart, Megan New, Sharon Hughes, Celia Free, Sarah Hind and Sarah Massey (times not available when going to press).
The GOGs had a busy few weeks with members taking part in events in north and south Wales.
Simon Cole and Sion Kelly Williams headed to Carmarthenshire for the Pembrey Off Road Duathlon, which was also the Welsh Cross Duathlon Championship race. Cross duathlon involves a run- mountain bike-run format, and the distances for this event were 8km, 25km and 4km. Simon Cole finished in 2.02.00, 4th overall and 3rd in his age category of M20-39. Remarkably Coles fantastic run splits of 33.32.8 for 8km and 17.06.00 for 4km were the best in the whole field. Sion Kelly Williams finished in 2.20.23, twentieth overall and 1st in his age category of M17-19. It was great to see North Wales represented in this event and members of GOG Triathlon taking home Welsh Championship silverware.
Club Members were in action in Denbighshire at the Bespoke Events Ruthin 10 km Race. Matthew Ashton finished first for the GOGs and 15th male overall in a time of 43.47. He was followed by Richie Bartlett in 49.47, and Simon Welland in 56.49. Angie Hughes was the sole representative for the GOG ladies and had a great run finishing in 52.51 and 3rd in her age category.
Finally, in Wrexham last week Andy Jones and Emma Hanson represented the club in the Village Bakery Half Marathon. Jones had a strong run finishing in 1.29.21 and Emma finished in 1.48.42.