Llandudno to Cardiff (and a few races between) 25th June 2017

Members of GOG Triathlon Club travelled the length of Wales this weekend to take part in the Cardiff Triathlon, whilst others stayed closer to home to compete on more familiar terrain and the home of the GOG Squad in Llandudno.
Down south the North Walian visitors took part in the Cardiff olympic distance race which started with a 1500 metre swim in the Bay, followed by a fast cycle route through closed city streets and rounded off with a 10km run along the Cardiff Bay barrage. Young Sion Kelly Williams led the GOGs home in 22nd place out of the 500 plus triathletes in 2.08.04. He was followed by Greig Best in 2.11.44, Simon Roxburgh in 2.13.43, Carlo Galeotti in 2.19.15 and Stuart Goldsack in 2.31.42. Joni Stubbs Thrush was the sole female representative for the GOGs and raced well in rain and wind to finish 28th female in 2.36.03
The Llandudno the Sea Triathlon sprint race attracted stiff competition on the basis of it being a World Championship qualifier this year. The race comprised of a 750m sea swim, two bike laps of the Great Orme and 5km run towards the Little Orme. Gareth Bowyer led the locals home in 1.12.12, taking first place in his age category. He was followed by Geran Hughes in 1.19.06, Paul Algieri in 1.22.24, Merfyn Jones 1.26.04 and Simon Adey Davies in 1.48.58. Deborah Robinson represented the ladies finishing in 2.42.02.
For the first time in Llandudno there was also a middle-distance race taking place which involved a 1900 metre swim, 87km cycle and 20km run. Gavin Roberts upped his racing distance to take this on and despite an early puncture on the bike, finished with a strong run in 12th place and third in his age category in 5.28.09.
Elsewhere over the weekend Paul Hooson raced on home turf in the 5km race in Rhyl Runfest finishing 16th overall and 3rd in his age category in 22.03. Daragh Reynolds ventured north on two wheels to compete in the gruelling C2C in a Day Sportive; a 242km cycle from Seascale to Whitby finishing in 11 hours.
Finally Emer Sandham returned to training with the GOGs this week following her recent trip to the European Triathlon Championships in Kitzbuhel in Austria, where she was competing for her home nation Ireland in the olympic distance race. She finished in 2.47.45, 20th place in her age, a respectable result on a tough course and the fact it was her first time competing at this level.