Mega May 2017 Weekender Slateman, Southport, Nantwich and Chester Half

It was a very busy weekend for GOG Triathlon Club with members taking part in various races across the region.
The Always Aim High Slateman Sprint Triathlon was the first event to take place on Saturday and the GOG Squad were well represented and rewarded across the age groups. The race started with a swim in Llyn Padarn, then athletes had to battle wind and rain up Llanberis Pass, and finally take to the trails of Padarn County Park for a 6-km run. Gareth Bowyer was first home for the GOGs in 7th place and second in his age group of +40 in 1.15.49, he was followed by Jack Keegin Smith in 10th place overall in 1.17.09, Tomas Aldous was 19th and second in his age group of under 23 in 1.22.39, Geran Huges was 25th and first in his age group of M50+, and Simon Baldwin 77th in 1.37. Amy Edwards was the sole female representative in the sprint race, and although this was only her first triathlon she finished in 17th place in 1.38.35 and most notably 1st in her age category Under 23.
Sunday was the Standard distance of the Slateman, which was roughly double the distances of Saturdays route with the added bonus the notorious ‘Quarryman’ challenge run up through the slate quarries over Llyn Peris. Simon Roxburgh had a great race and was first home for the GOGs in 38th place overall from a field of 760 Males in 2.49.21. Gareth Bowyer took on the standard distance on top of the sprint on Saturday and finished in 55th place in 2.53.34. He was followed by Gavin Roberts in 3.00.58, Daragh Reynolds in 3.15.21, Carlo Galeotti in 3.19.18, Chris Bennett in 3.20.42, Martin King Shears in 3.22.29, Merfyn Jones in 3.29.17, Chris Van Hessing in 3.31.08, Gwyn Jones in 4.01.17 and Chris Hopkins in 4.08.22. Emer Sandham represented the GOG ladies in the standard race finishing in 3.13.19, 14th place overall from a field of 180 women.
Elsewhere Matthew Ashton and Paul Algieri headed to Southport to take on the Southport Sprint Triathlon. In contrast to the Slateman this course is a flat seaside sprint and sees some super-fast splits across the disciplines. Both raced well with Ashton finishing in 42nd place from a field of 280 in 1.09.00 and Algieri in 93rd in 1.13.24.
Over in Nantwich Barry and Lyndsay Craven took on the Cheshire Sprint Triathlon. Barry finished in 1.51.18 and having made a big improvement on her 2016 results Lyndsay finished in 2.18.54.
Finally, in the Essar Chester half marathon the GOG Squad had a team of 5 in action. Andy Jones continuing his fine form finished in 1.30.38, followed by another athlete getting stronger by the race Richie Bartlett in 1.47.33. Gareth Jones finished in 1.57.38 and Rab Aujila 2.43.38. Nicola Tomlinson representing the ladies finished in 1.50.02.