Snowman and Salford Tri’s, North Wales Half and Holyhead Runs 3rd August 2017

The Always Aim High Snowman Triathlon was held in Capel Curig at the weekend and the GOG Squad had triathletes competing both days. The first event was the sprint triathlon on Saturday and the GOG Squad were well represented and took podium positions. The race starts with a 400-metre swim in Llyn Mymbyr, then athletes cycle to Llanrwst, and finally take to the trails around Plas Y Brenin for a 5km run. Gareth Bowyer was first home for the GOGs in 3rd place overall in 1.19.35, he was followed by Rhys James in 1.28.03, Paul Algieri in 1.30.0, a great time which earned him first in his MV50 age category, and Simon Baldwin in 1.37.38. In the lady’s race Lisa Scoots finished 1.37.48 and Dinah Hazeldine 2.26.06.
The Full distance of the Snowman was on Sunday. It comprised of a 1000m swim, 70km bike leg taking in the Crimea Pass from Blaenau and then an epic run to the summit of Moel Siabod and back. Gareth Bowyer returned on Sunday to race the full distance, undertaking both races is a separate event known as the ‘Snowman Savage’. With boundless energy, he had another great race finishing the race in 6th place overall in 3.43.39, which left him in second place in the Savage event. Next home was Sion Kelly Williams in 4.07.55, then first time triathlete Jason Breaky in 4.28.16, followed by Merfyn Jones in 4.34.32, Carlo Galeotti in 4.51.30 and Chris Kent in 6.07.18. Emer Sandham was the sole female representative on Sunday and finished in third place overall in 4.23.40.
Elsewhere Paul Hooson returned to his racing roots to take part in the Salford Sprint Triathlon, finishing well in 39th place overall in 1.20.25.
Gavin Roberts took fourth place overall and first in his age category in the tough North Wales Half Marathon, finishing the race in 1.26.35.
Over in Holyhead Andy Jones raced the Cybi Striders Holyhead Breakwater race, finishing in 6th place overall in 32.49. Craig Rutter also ran the 5 mile race in 35.55.