Day to remember for running duo

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GOG Triathlon Club members Merilin Sikk and Simon Blain (pictured) travelled to the Shrewsbury Cycle Track in Sundorn on December 28th for the 9BAR Sunrise to Sunset Challenge. The aim of the race is for runners to run as far as they can between the hours of Sunrise (8.20) and Sunset (16.01), the winner being the runner who records the furthest distance.
Merilin covered 66 laps of the 1km circuit, attaining her target of over 40 miles. Impressively she managed to run nonstop through the day taking on food and drink on the move. According to Merilin the format of the race not only tests your endurance but also your patience! Blain ran 57 laps amounting to over 36 miles, another great effort and the furthest distance he has run to date.
On Boxing day David and Laurie Griffith and Nicola Tomlinson took part in the Essar Chester Round the Walls race. The approximately 6km route follows a clockwise section of the Roman and Medieval walls, including passing under the iconic Eastgate clock, and finishes at the Racecourse. David finished in 51st place in a time of 27.24 mins, Laurie was 30th lady home in 32.17 and Nicola was 36th in 32.48.
Over the festive period a group of over 30 GOGs enjoyed some trail running with a group run and social at Bodafon Farm. Some club members also took on the various charity swims with members dipping their toes in the sea in Penmaenmawr and Llandudno.

Gog 2017 TT dates set

This week the dates for the 2017 time trial series were set.
Full dates will be added to the website in due course. In the meantime please view the Facebook site.
Events can’t happen without help. If you are willing to assist at the TT either setting up, registration or help with timing please contact Laurie Griffith or Stu Goldsack.

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New Year’s Day Run

A good turn out at this year’s annual run around the Great Orme. Starting from Llandudno Pier the options were to complete the circuit or to turn around at the West Shore to make it a there and back run with double the climbing.
The reward for the run was a well earned coffee in Nero’s. The planned swim at Penrhyn Bay was cancelled due to rough seas.{CAPTION}

Bangor Cross County

GOG Triathlon Club had another good turn out at the third round of the Grand Prix Express Cross Country League in Bangor on Saturday.

In the ladies race Helen MacArthur was the first GOG to finish in 38th place in 24.18, she was followed by Laurie Griffith 25.38, Sarah Gallacher 26.19, Nicola Tomlinson 26.56, Angie Hughes 27.16 and making her debut for the season after maternity leave Victoria Cole had a fine run and finished in 77th place in 27.37.

Maintaining their 5th place in Division 1 of the League, the male team fielded a team of 10, and first to finish for the GOG Squad was Simon Cole in 9th place in a time of 33.17. Cole was followed by Geran Hughes 38.12, Simon Blain 38.12, Simon Roxburgh 40.00, David Griffiths 40.59, Andrew Williams 41.31, Matthew Ashton 42.19, Paul Hooson 43.31, Huw Parry 45.13, Stuart Goldsack 47.17 and Richard Bartlett 47.36.

If you are interested in triathlon or would like to know more about the sport check out the clubs website or facebook group, just search GOG Triathlon.

Penmaenmawr and Conwy events

Members of GOG Triathlon Club were out in force this weekend attending local events in Penmaenmawr and Conwy.

The Pen Fell Race traditionally marks the end of the fell racing season in Snowdonia and comprises of a gruelling 16.1km run with over 595 metres of ascent. The race usually attracts a good field of hardy fell runners and this year they were joined by GOG Triathlon Club members James Wan, Huw Parry, Tracey Price and Gary Jones. Wan had a strong run and finished in 47th place in a time of 1.37.42. He was followed by Parry in 142th place, Price in 147th, and Jones in 154th.

On Sunday along with 2408 other runners 18 of the GOG Squad departed Conwy at 10am to run around the Orme and back on the Run Wales Conwy Half Marathon. As well as the 18 runners taking part a number of club members were involved in this local event in Conwy and marshalling around the course on foot and bike.

The 34th female to finish in an impressive time of 1.39.21 was Helen McArthur, she was followed by Nicola Tomlinson 1.49.19, Laurie Griffith 1.53.10, Joanne Irving 2.05.49, Sarah Massey 2.13.36, Sonja Griffith 2.24.12, Celia Free 2.24.12 and Natasha Kettle in 2.40.15. The combined efforts of the ladies saw the GOG Triathlon Ladies Team finish in a respectable 6th place overall.

The 140th man and the first GOG  home was Chris Berrington in a time of 1.33.58. Chris Wynne has a fine run finishing marginally behind Berrington in 1.34.20. Reliably strong David Griffith finished in 1.35.58, followed by Richard Smith 1.44.05, Paul Hooson 1.44.50, Tomas Aldous 1.45.27, Sion Hughes 1.48.26, Gwyn Jones 1.53.26, Carlo Galeotti 1.58.42 and Richie Bartlett in 2.05.23.

The club are delighted to have been nominated for Club or the Year in this year’s Conwy Sports Awards and are looking forward to attending the Awards Ceremony this week.

Cross County at St David’s College

Last weekend St David’s College in Llandudno hosted the second race in the North Wales Cross Country League and the local fixture ensured a good turnout of runners and supporters for GOG Triathlon Club.

Putting in a strong performance on the mixed terrain Helen MacArthur led the way for the ladies, followed by Emer Sandham, Laurie Morris Griffith, Alexandra Aldous, Nicola Tomlinson, Paula Stevens, Evelyn Heffernan and Tracy Price.

In the men’s race Steve Lyall was first home for the GOG Squad, and was chased to the finish by Geran Hughes and Daragh Reynolds, followed by David Griffith, Andy Jones, Simon Roxburgh, Andrew Williams, Simon Blain, Paul Hooson, Paul Sanders, Huw Parry, Simon Hick, Stuart Goldsack, and Simon Adey-Davies.

Meanwhile in Denbighshire Sarah Gallacher was the sole GOG Triathlon Club Member taking on the Fell Hell 10km race, which saw athletes racing through the Clwydian Range and over Moel Famau. Sarah made an impressive return to form and was the 13th lady to finish in a field of over 300 runners.

Also over in East Wales on Sunday Chris Bennett was racing in Minera at the North Wales Cyclo Cross Series. Bennett raced well but was unlucky to puncture on the final lap of the tough course.

If you are interested in triathlon or joining the GOG Squad the current training schedules are on the GOG website or Facebook group ‘GOG Triathlon’.