A group of GOG Triathletes headed South to Port Talbot last weekend to take part in the Escape to Afan X Duathlon. Cross duathlon comprises a trail run, mountain bike, trail run format, and whilst not particularly technical the challenge of the Afan Forest course was significant climbing on both run and bike. The race doubled as the Welsh National Cross Duathlon Championships and the GOGs took home 6 medals across the age groups, proving the adaptability of the triathletes to switch from road to trail.
Robin Sandham performed well across the disciplines and was the first GOG to finish in 15th place overall in 1.18.19. He was followed by Grant Falconer in 21st place in 1.23.37, this time earned him bronze in the Welsh Champs Vet 40 age category. Malcolm Harrison clocked 1.46.58, and took Welsh Champs Silver Super Vet.
First to finish for the GOGs in the Female Race was Mared Dafydd, who has progressed well in multisport this year. She finished in 3rd place in 1.25.34, taking the Welsh Champs Senior Silver. Next home was Emer Sandham in 5th in 1.27.08, Welsh Champs Senior Bronze. Dinah Hazeldine clocked 2.10.29, and took Vintage Vet 50 Gold and Deborah Robinson 2.22.27, Vintage Vet Silver.
Elsewhere the club fielded a team in the North Wales Cross Country League in Dolgellau. The flat course was a change from the usual undulating cross country terrain, and a very wet course and stream crossing meant the triathletes had an advantage over the other runners. The men’s team made up of Neil Vicars Harris, Geran Hughes, James Watson, Emyr Evans, Andy Jones, James Smith, Wayne Roberts and Jon d’Alburquerque finished the day in 6th place overall, maintaining their 3rd position in Division Two of the League. The ladies team of Helen McArthur, Nicola Tomlinson, Emma Hughes Marshall and Ann d’Alburquerque finished 10th on the day. They are currently lying in 6th position in the League.