Deganwy Dash, Abersoch and Chester Middle 7th June 2017

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.