Aquathlon Report, Snowdon Race and the ‘Divas’ in the Dee 17th July 2017

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.