GOG Triathlon Club welcomed home some members of the club this week who had competed for their home nations at the European Multisport Championships in Romania. Malcolm Harrison and Deborah Robinson took part in the cross triathlon, and Geran Hughes and Robin Sandham raced the cross duathlon for the British Age Group Team. Emer Sandham raced the middle distance for her home country Ireland. Whilst the local athletes did not make the podium good results were recorded across their races.
Down in Tenby last weekend Alex Hatton took part in the Long Course Weekend, a long-distance event which runs over three days in the seaside town. Alex performed well across the distances recording 1.04.00 for the 2.4-mile swim, 5.39.00 for the 112mile bike and on the final day a half marathon time of 1.38.29.
This weekend Sunday saw some of the GOG ladies travel to Chester for the Deva Divas triathlon. The female-only sprint triathlon comprises of a 750-meter swim in the Dee, ride out to Pulford and a flat fast run around the Meadows. Rachel Cook was the first home for the GOGs in 1.43.58, she was followed by Angharad Lewis in 1.44.02 and Dinah Hazeldine in 1.52.35.
Sunday was a busy day with members of GOG Triathlon Club taking part in events across the region. Denbigh Sprint Triathlon was held on Sunday and whilst finish times were not available when going to print, the 10 GOGs taking part came home with a number of prizes. Adrian Leonard took first place in the men’s race and Vicky Ronald took second in the ladies’ race. Other notable results for the club were age group prizes for Russell Godwin, Chris Wynne and Malcolm Harrison and Nicola Tomlinson, Ceri Hughes and Susi Hooson in the ladies’ race.
In South Wales at the Always Aim High Cardiff Triathlon, Andy Williams was first to finish for the GOGs in 2.14.45. Next home was Neil Vicars Harris in 2.17.27. Alan Newell finished in 2.40.45.
At the Castle Series Cholmondeley Castle Multiport Festival Merf Jones took on his first Standard Distance Aquabike race and finished comfortably in first place in 1.45.59. Lisa Hughes raced the Sprint and took second place in 1.14.02.
Further afield in Cork Brian Bennett took part in the inaugural Ironman where in desperate conditions he finished in 14.12.42.
In running news, last week Laurie and David Griffith ran the Ras Llanddoged road race and both took home prizes for finishing first in age in 55.49 and 1.10.25 respectively.
On Sunday at RunFest Wales Simon Cole finished first in the 5km race in a fantastic time of 15.40. Caitlin Owen was 18th overall and 3rd in age in 26.56. In the 10km race Stephen Mills finished 6th overall in 41.33. In the half marathon Steven Owen was 31st in 1.49.30. Emma Hughes-Marshall was 29th female in 2.16.59.
Andy Jones was the sole representative at the Moel Hebog fell race finishing in 1.10.00.
Finally, at the Merebrook 15km run Tony Price-Jones finished in 1.06.16. Hayley Price-Jones clocked 1:26:09.
GOG Triathlon Club were proud to be represented by two athletes at the European Triathlon Championships in Weert in Holland last week. Sharing a stage with Alistair Brownlee et al the GOGs raced the standard distance event for the Great Britain Age Group Team. Joni Stubbs Thrush had a strong swim and bike and finished in a very respectable time of 2.40.32. Adrian Leonard performed well across the disciplines and finished in 12th place in his age group in an impressive 2.09.18.
Closer to home Chester Triathlon Club hosted the Deva Triathlon. Jack Smith Keegin finished 15th place overall in a 4.10.58. Sarah Gallacher making her debut at this distance finished in 5.09.02, earning her 2nd place in her age category. In the standard distance race Paula Maguire finished in 2.53.43 and Michelle Farrell 3.18.48.
Simon Baldwin travelled to the lake district to take part in a Day in the Lakes Aquabike which comprises of a 2000m swim and 78km bike. He finished in third place overall in 2.49.15.
GOG Triathlon Club Members dispersed across the country this weekend to take part in various multisport and running events.
On Saturday at the Always Aim High Slateman Sprint Triathlon Gareth Bowyer was 5th overall and 1st in age in 1.18.44. Graham Ormondroyd finished in 1.43.21 and Tom Johnson 1.52.25. Paula Maguire completed the race 24th female in 1.41.56.
In the Standard Race on Sunday Alex Hatton was the first GOG home in 26th overall in 2.50.49. Gareth Bowyer took on the Standard after the Sprint on Saturday and finished 1st in age again in 2.54.41. Ian Jones clocked 3.28.19. Joni Stubbs-Thrush was first GOG female home in 15th place overall in 3.28.39. Tabitha Angle-Smith followed in 3.56.59 and Steph Conway 4.00.23.
Down in Port Talbot the TATA Steelman Triathlon was hosting the Welsh Standard Distance Championships. Simon Cole finished first male for the GOGs in 11th place overall in 2.09.52. Adrian Leonard was next home in 2.15.23, Simon Roxburgh 2.20.55 and Josh White 2.49.22.
Rhian Roxburgh finished 3rd overall and 1st in age in 2.14.39, an impressive feat following her half ironman success last week. Emer Sandham was next to cross the line in 2.33.23. She was followed by Sarah Gallacher 2.39.26, Mared Dafydd 2.43.48, Debs Jones who was 1st in age in 2.53.43, Paula Stevens 2.56.16 and Geri Evans 2.58.34.
In Bucks, Paul Algieri was the sole representative at the Eton Dorney Sprint Triathlon which was a GB Age Group Qualifier. He finished 4th in age in a time of 1:09:43.
At the Essar Chester Half Marathon Andy Jones ran well to finish in 1.29.38. He was followed by Neil Vicars Harris in 1.37.17 and Steve Dutton 1.47.14. For the ladies El Ashcroft ran the half in 1.37.20. Followed by Janine Butterworth 1.47.46, Celia Free 2.23.38 and Emma Marshall 2.32.54.
Finally in Llanrwst at the Snowdonia Half Marathon David Griffith finished the tough course in 1.40.26 and Laurie Griffith finished in 2.10.42.
GOG Triathlon Club Chairman Simon Roxburgh and Head Coach Rhian Roxburgh brought the GOGs some international acclaim when they raced in Mallorca at the weekend in the Ironman 70.3. Taking on this distance for the first time in several years, Rhian a former elite triathlete showed she hadn’t lost her racing process as she finished 14th female from a field of almost 500. Rhian stormed out of the water in third place overall, she continued her fine form on the bike and run to finish in 5.01.43. She was 2nd in her age category of 45-49, a position which earned her a place at the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Nice this year. Husband Simon had a fine bike split and finished the race 92nd male in 5.19.55.
Sunday saw the start of the Welsh Triathlon Super Series in Llanelli and four of the GOG Squad travelled south for their first open water sprint triathlon of the year. Adrian Leonard was first home in a time 1.20.37, taking 29th overall. He was followed by Gareth Bowyer in 1.21.27 who took second in age. In the female race Emer Sandham was 14th overall in 1.30.39, she was followed by Angharad Lewis in 1.53.32.
Closer to home in Mold Cadence Triathlon hosted their club race. Mark Jones finished 13th male in a time of 1.24.17. Ian Jones was next home in 1.31.50. Malcolm Harrison took 1st in his age category in 1.46.55. In the ladies race Stephanie Conway finished 10th female in 1.44.20. Emma Hughes Marshall racing her first triathlon finished in 1.49.14. Dinah Hazeldine also took first in her age in 2.20.57.
Finally some of the GOGs lined out at the Moel Eilio fell race with Andy Jones finishing in 1.32.31, Neil Vicars Harris 1.36.21 and Helen MacArthur 1.45.07.
Having watched the professionals in action at the European Triathlon Championships in Glasgow last week, on Saturday it was the turn of GOG triathlete Paul Algieri to race alongside Europe’s finest age group triathletes at Strathclyde Park. Paul was taking on the sprint distance triathlon which comprised of a 750m swim, 20km bike and 5km run. He had a strong swim, exiting the water in 11.56 in second place. The bike course was a hilly 3 lap circuit with only 1km per lap of flat terrain but he dealt well with the challenging course coming off the bike 10th in 37.10. Despite struggling with a recent injury he still managed a 24.10 5km run. His combined efforts saw him finish in 25th place overall in a time of 1.17.49, a fantastic result considering this was his first time competing at this level.
GOG Triathlon Club hosted the Welsh Aquathlon Championships on Saturday at Porth Eirias in Colwyn Bay. Eighty entrants from all over Wales had signed up to race the sold-out event, which involves a 750 metre sea swim followed by a 5 km run. Owing to the distances the racing is fast and furious, and in relatively settled conditions some impressive times were recorded.
Michael Lewis of Torfaen Triathlon Club took first place with a course record of 27.22 (9.32 swim and 17.10 run). The proceeding results were recorded by a talented group of youngsters, demonstrating that the future of the sport is bright in Wales. Junior Category winner Joe Niven of Mersey Tri was second in 28.09. Youth Category winner Osian Perrin was third in 28.51.
Adrian Leonard was the first male home for the GOGs in 9th place overall in 32.10. Next home was Pete Borlace in 33.35. He was followed by Sam Johnson 35.34, Merf Jones 36.34, Paul Hooson 36.45, Andrew Williams 37.01, Pete Ward 37.15, Chris Wynne 37.56, Graeme Tunstall 40.14, Andrew Ellwood 41.49, Ashley Tomlinson 43.14, Malcolm Jones 44.12 and Mark Mason 49.39.
In the ladies’ race Rhian Roxburgh of the GOGs finished in 31.52 (10.48 swim and 20.06 run). Youth category winner Rhiannon Kamink of Colwyn Bay Athletic Club finished second with a minute improvement on her 2017 time in 34.16. In third place another Junior Category winner was Kate Pugh of Wrekin Triathlon Club in 34.52. After Rhian, the next lady GOG home was Gemma Moore in 35.41. She was followed by Sasha Jones 37.22, Emer Sandham 38.09, Angie Hughes 41.49, Jen Wells 42.00, Geri Evans 44.17, Steph Conwy 44.44, Dinah Hazeldine 53.44, Cheryl Stewart 54.46, Lucy Bradley 53.48 and Deborah Robinson 56.44.
Welsh Championship medals were awarded across the age categories and photographed below (courtesy of Steve Jeffreys) are the various winners.
Elsewhere on Sunday Andy Jones travelled to Warrington to take part in the Birchwood 10km. Andy recorded a great time of 40.55, finishing in 95th place overall and 12th in his age group.
GOG Triathlon Club were proud to be represented in a group of Team GB Age Group Athletes in the World Championships Multisport Festival in Fyn in Denmark last week. Angie Hughes and husband Geran took part in the sprint duathlon event. Angie raced well for the first time at this level and finished in 1.17.38 taking 10th in her age group. Geran fought hard against some of the fastest sprinters in the world and finished strongly in 1.05.22, 16th position in his age category. The GOG’s duathlon expert Simon Cole had a great race, finishing in 1.44.08 narrowly missing first place, but taking a place on the podium with a silver medal for team GB in his M35 category. Victoria Cole raced the Aquathlon and had a fine performance on the run and swim to finish 5th in her age group in 37.27.
Some of the GOG Squad returned from Germany last week where they took part in the iconic long distance race “Challenge Roth”. The 3.8 km swim takes place in the Main Donau Canal, the 180km bike is though the Bavarian countryside and the 42km run takes athletes back along the canal and villages surrounding Roth. First timers taking on this distance Laurie Griffiths and Emer Sandham finished the race in 14.38.47 and 12.11.22 respectively. Greig Best was the first GOG male to finish in 10.50.34, he was followed by Simon Roxburgh 11.00.58, David Griffith 12.01.05 and Carlo Galeotti 12.43.52.
Last weekend Welsh Triathlon hosted the Bala Big Bash at Llyn Tegid where several members of the GOG Squad took part in events including a relatively new mixed relay format race on Saturday. In this exciting event teams of four compete against each other, individually swimming 300 metres, then moving onto a 9km bike leg, finishing with a 2km run, before they pass the baton onto the next athlete. First place in the mixed team open event was won by the combination of experienced triathletes Rhian Roxburgh and Gareth Bowyer, and novices Jon Seymour and Gemma Morgan. Other teams comprised of Richie Bartlett, John d’Albquerque, Cheryl Stewart, Paul Sanders, Simon Hick, Neil Vicars Harris, Andrew Elwood, Dinah Hazeldine, Andrew Williams, Steph Conway, Sasha Jones, Stu Goldsack, Mared Dafydd, Paula Stephens, Geri Evans, Joni Stubbs Thrush, Sarah Massey, Bleddyn Evans, Sarah Gallacher, Rob Stewart, John Farrell, Michelle Lindfield, Michelle Farrell, Ann d’Albquerque, Llinos Jones.
On Sunday last Dinah Hazeldine and Lisa Hughes raced the Diva Devas sprint triathlon in Chester, with Lisa finishing in 1.51.55 and Dinah finishing in 2.08.33.
Chester city centre was a hub of triathlon activity at the weekend for the Deva Olympic and Middle distance triathlons at Grosvenor Park. The GOG Squad were well represented in both races with some promising times recorded and age group wins.
In the Olympic Distance race Sion Kelly Williams was first home for the GOGs in 2.18.06. He was followed by Tim Burnett 2.20.27, Paul Hooson 2.40.03 and Simon Adey Davies 3.14.00. In the ladies race Joni Stubbs Thrush clocked a strong swim and bike to finish in 2.45.11. Club members Alex Aldous, Paul Algieri and Sasha Jones formed a team to take part in the relay and finished second in 2.26.13.
In the Middle Distance race Jack Smith-Keegin had a great race finishing 6th overall and 2nd in his age in 4.22.12. Grieg Best made a substantial improvement on last years’ time finishing in 4.31.05, taking 3rd in age. Peter Ward recorded a time of 4.38.01 also taking 1st in age. Alex Hatton finished in 4.45.22, Martin Witty 4.58.38, Andrew Brazier 5.15.23, David Griffith 5.18.42, Merf Jones 5.29.12, Ashley Tomlinson 5.43.44, Carlo Galeotti 5.50.06, Mark Roberts 4.46.32 and Martin Pritchard 6.58.48. Emer Sandham was first GOG lady home in 5.19.12. Laurie Griffith finished in 6.09.56. Sasha Jones formed another relay team for the middle distance race taking on the swim leg with team mates Sarah Gallacher and Mared Dafydd, the ladies team took the middle distance relay title in 5.04.03.
Elsewhere over the weekend the GOG Squad turned out in force for the Deganwy Dash 5 mile race on Friday night. Simon Cole Simon took second place in 27.11. Andrew Williams was next home in 33.23, Scott Butterworth 33.29, Andrew Roberts Male 35.03, Bleddyn Evans 35.25, Paul Algieri 35.47, Grant Falconer 36.14, Samuel Holt Male 36.39, 53 Steve Dutton 37.49, 4 Peter Armstrong 40.18, Sion Jones 42.12, Richie Bartlett Male 42.41 and Stephen Jones 46.01. Victoria Cole was first GOG lady home in 10th place overall in 36.45, Claire Scoots finished in 40.01, Ann D’albuquerque 41.14, Sarah Marriot 46.30, Geri Evans 48.43, Nan Roberts 48.43 and Llinos Davies 50.24.
At the Abersoch 10km on Saturday Adrian Leonard was first GOG home in 27th place in 41.46. Simon Baldwin finished in 45.40 and Mark Roberts 58.40.
It was a weekend of pure multisport for the GOG Squad with triathletes taking part in local races in Llanberis and GB Qualification races in the north west.
On Saturday Joni Stubs Thrush travelled solo to the National Watersports Centre to take on the Nottingham Sprint Triathlon. Amidst tough competition Joni had a good race overall with a solid bike and run to finish in 1.15.29.
In Llanberis the Always Aim High Sprint Triathlon first home for the GOGs was Pete Borlace in an impressive 1.25.38. He was followed by Simon Baldwin in 1.26.37 and Malcolm Jones who was second in his 60+ age category in 1.43. Amy O’Hare was first GOG female taking first in the U23 age category and finishing in 1.40.28, Pippa Jones finished in 1.42.40, and Angie Hughes in 1.43.06.
In the Duathlon, GOG Coaches took control of both races with Rhian Roxburgh and Geran Hughes taking 1st and 2nd place in the female and male races. Crossing the line within seconds of each-other Rhian finished in 1.23.17 and Geran in 1.23.03.
On Sunday a few club members took part in the Southport Sprint Triathlon, a 2019 European age group qualification race. The swim takes place in the Marine Lake and the flat fast bike and run around the seaside town make for some brisk racing. Matthew Ashton finished in 3rd in his age in 1.08.36, enabling him to qualify for team GB. Paul Algieri clocked 1.10.06 and Lewis Myatt 1.21.50.
At the Cheshire Sprint Triathlon in Nantwich the Alex Hatton led the charge for the GOGs finishing 7th overall and third in his age category in a fine time of 1.03.37. A number of newer club members also took part in this race with John Farrell finishing in 1.31.52 and Wayne Roberts completing his first triathlon in 1.46.54. Michelle Farrell finished in 1.31.31.
In the Slateman Classic race on Sunday Gareth Bowyer was first home for the GOGs in 2.47.32. Sion Kelly Williams followed in 2.50.59. Richard Smith rode a strong bike leg to finish in 3.13.25. Merfyn Jones clocked 3.31.10, Joshua White 3.32.46, Jason Breaky 3.34.42, Mark Roberts 4.04.05 and Chris Bassitt Kent 4.09.47. In the lades race Amy O’ Hare finished in 3.36.16 and Tabita Angle Smith 4.12.59.
Amy O’Hare one of the clubs youngest and most promising athletes completed the Slateman Savage competition, which involves completing both the Sprint and Savage races on consecutive days. Having recorded good results in both races, impressively Amy took the Under 23 Slateman Savage title.
GOG Triathletes Helen Mcarthur and Andy Jones stepped out of their comfort zones at the weekend to take part in the Quest Wales Adventure Race at Llyn Gerionydd and around Gwydir Forest on Saturday. Adventure racing comprises of a run, bike, kayak, run, bike format and sees competitors covering a range of distances in the three disciplines.
Helen took on the 42km Sport Race, which comprised of 17km of trail running, 1 km kayaking and 24km of hard biking. She had a great race taking 2nd placed female overall in 3.10.14.
Andy Jones did the tough 53km Expert Race, which had an additional 7km run and 4km bike to the Sport race. Andy performed well across the board finishing in 3.23.02, 7th place overall and 1st in his M40 age category.
On Sunday Prestatyn Running Club organised the Ffrith 5km race and the flat course saw a number of the GOG Squad clock some fine times. First home for the GOGs was Eduardo Vega in and impressive 17.12, he was 5th overall and 2nd in the Senior category. Next home was Geran Hughes in 18.32, 7th overall and 1st in age V50. He was followed by Craig Rutter 19.52, Paul Hooson 21.30, Chris Bennett 21.58 and Peter Armstrong 23.21, 3rd in age Vet 65.
Angie Hughes was the first female GOG to finish in 24.07. She was followed by Ann d’Albuquerque in 24.33 and 1st in age Vet 65, and Bethan Hooson in 33.36.
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.
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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.