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Welsh Triathlon Club of the Year 2020 – GOG Triathlon

Congratulations #GOGSquad

https://www.welshtriathlon.org/get-involved/welsh-triathlon-awards/2020-awards

GOG Triathlon club was set up in 2015 following a now legendary meeting at the Rhos Fynach pub in Rhos on Sea at the end of 2014.  It was here that a dozen people got together to discuss how they could support each other in their desire to take part in triathlon.  The creation of a club was the ambition, and originally it was assumed that it would be a small affair.  However, as soon as word got out people from all over North Wales were enquiring about how they could join.  In its first year the club had over 150 paid up members. GOG Tri describe themselves as a friendly club of like-minded people who encourage each other’s abilities at all levels in triathlon; swimming, cycling or running.

Here are some more comments from those who voted for GOG triathlon club:

“I love the GOGs it’s such an inclusive club and so supportive. I have been searching for a Club to be a part of for years and found the love and support from the GOGs so very special. I have made lifelong friends”.

“Extremely friendly and supportive in any aspect of life as well as triathlon. Very well-trained coaches, amazing club sessions! Just makes the sport more enjoyable!”.

“Always there and active, even throughout lockdown, for all abilities and ages, keeping us all motivated, interested and encouraged. Solo training, fun virtual events, social “Saturday nights in” and then back to training in safe groups as soon as allowed”.

“I learnt to swim from less than 25 m to being able to complete a sprint triathlon in just over a year. I could not have not done this without the club support at weekly swim sessions. They provided constant support and encouragement.”

“The club participates and advertises a wide range of Welsh triathlon events. They have kept us up to date throughout Covid. They run sessions to cover all elements of a tri. They have also run duathlon sessions, organised virtual events recently. They have worked to keep all their members included through the recent times and continue to work with us to ensure we stay safe and fit.”

“There are numerous opportunities for members to become activators, coaches etc. If anyone wants to help out they are more than welcome and so many do. They even go as far as to raise money for charities and even clean up the countryside. It’s such a friendly atmosphere that everyone wants to volunteer.”

“Gog provides so much to members, from swim training, running, and biking all by qualified Welsh Triathlon coaches. So very affordable so suits all purse strings so very inclusive.”

More details from Welsh Triathlon an all awards are on the link above.

Great Orme Goats Charity Challenge – August 2020

The Great Orme Goat Challenge –  August 2020.

Fittingly termed the Great Orme Goats Challenge, St David’s Hospice most recent fundraising event was made for the GOG Squad! A charity close to many of our hearts. I personally had not visited the Orme for quite some time. But I imagined rising to this challenge. A team of girls soon pledged to cycle, run or walk around the Orme every day for a month to support the charity’s recovery fund; severely hit by the pandemic, funds were more important than ever for our local hospice.

The ‘GOG girls’ :- Ceri Hughes (me), Sarah Massey, Sarah Ellwood, Paula Stevens, Laura Hume, Geri Angharad-Evans, Steph Conway, Rhian Roxburgh, Jen Wells, Rach Ellen, Megan New, Michelle Lindfield, Chez Stewart, Llinos Davies and Sue Williams all committed to this event.

To complete a minimum of 150 laps, at least one every single day in August. We aimed to raise awareness for the hospice and believed we could raise £500. We were out in storms and downpours, in wind and sunshine; we watched superb sunrises, and spectacular sunsets. We had an amazing team and what we achieved surpassed all our expectations.

By week three we had a staggering £2,000. Excited that we were absolutely smashing the challenge, Simon Roxburgh; chairman of the GOG Triathlon club suggested support from the club as a whole! A 24hr event to continuously circle the Orme involving more club members, his vision was to emphasize our epic efforts with a grand finale and to have at least one runner and one cyclist lapping the Orme throughout the day and night. The GOGs Assemble created a natural support team and would commence at 8am Saturday 29th August until 8am the following day.

Bringing people together in this way creates an amazing atmosphere and the team quickly took shape with each hour filled with a runner and a rider. This became a tremendous event, born out of a simple suggestion to help an incredible charity. We were absolutely buzzing, and the event was a resounding success; a huge contribution in that 24hrs, the donations were pouring in and we quickly reached £3000.

Bank holiday Monday was the final day, the original group of ladies cycled in convoy around the Orme, we had lovely group photos and delicious cake at St David’s Hospice.

Targets were smashed in every sense, our hearts were bursting at the sheer generosity, poignant memories were created, friendships sealed! ……………I never dreamed we would have such an overwhelming response; and I could not have asked for a better fundraising team!

The 15 GOG girls completed a total of 370 laps, 1,850 miles. The additional 85 GOG Triathlon Club members, friends and family came out in force and completed 136 laps in 24hrs totalling 506 laps. An amazing 2,530 miles in total.

“Moments like these are special, but with the GOGs, they aren’t unusual! This is what the GOGs do!”

The current amount is an incredible £4’127 for St David’s Hospice – Hosbis Dewi Sant. 

Thank you to everyone who made this happen!

Nick Beer 10K. March 2020

Nick Beer 10k

The GOG Squad were out in force for the Nick Beer 10km race on Saturday.

First home for the GOGs in 40.44 was Stephen Mason, an impressive run that saw him take 24th place overall. He was followed by Andy Jones in 43.10, Craig Rutter 43.24, Gareth Bowyer 43.27, Iwan Davies 43.31, Neil Vicars-Harris 43.59, James Astrop 44.24, Stephen Owen 45.01, Andrew Roberts 45.02, Paul Garstang 45.26, Merf Jones 45.59, Steve Dutton 46.21, John Farrell 47.42, Chris Wynne 47.30, Rory Fish 50:08, Chris Morris 50.24, Stu Goldsack 52.01, Alan Benn 52.04 (1st in Age 75+), Chris Kent 52.32.

The ladies were led home by Helen MacArthur in 46.00 (1st in Age 50+) and a respectable 11th placed female overall. She was followed by Jenny Wells 47.01, Michelle Farrell 49.52, Caitlin Owen 50.32 (1st in Age U20), Angie Hughes 51.32, Steph Conway 51.33, Claire Parsley 52.16, Nia Rowlands 56.43, Sarah Ellwood 58.44, Nan Roberts 59.45, Llinos Davies 1.04.35, Alex Holt 1.07.59 and Philippa Southern 1.16.07.

Mared in the European Sprint Dualthon Championships in Spain. March 2020

Mared

GOG Triathlon Club were represented internationally by Mared Dafydd who travelled to Punta Umbria in Spain to take part in the European Sprint Duathlon Championships. She clocked an outstanding 19.06-minute first 5 km run, a 39.54-minute 20km bike and finished the race with a 11.46-minute 2.8km run.

Her final time of 1.12.35 earned her 8th place in her age group. This was Mared’s first ace for the GB Age Group team and no doubt her great result and the experience will see her don the GB suit again in the years to come.

Anglesey Half Marathon & 10K. March 2020

Sunday morning dawned with news of a change of route for the Anglesey Half Marathon owing to a traffic diversion over Menai Bridge and a fallen tree on the course.
The new 13.7 mile route had 1200ft of climbing, definitely more challenging than the intended course.

Robin Sandham was the first GOG home in 1.48.10. He was followed by Merf Jones in 1.51.53 and Rob Stewart 2.15.49.

Representing the GOG ladies Sarah Gallacher ran well to finish in 1.57.36. Ceri Hughes clocked 2.19.17.

The 10km was not affected by the altered route and the only GOG to take a podium was Rhian Roxburgh who finished in 42.21. Emer Sandham was next home in 48.21, followed by Sarah Massey 57.34, Non Roberts 1.01.26, Cheryl Stewart 1.02.47, Sarah Marriot 1.05.34 and Deborah Robinson 1.14.14.

The males were represented by Paul Garstang who crossed the line in 46.34, followed by Andrew Roberts 47.05 and John Farrell 49.04.  

Dolgarrog Pipe Dream Fell Race. Feb 2020

GOG Triathletes were back in action this weekend taking part in running events locally.

The Pipe Dream Fell Race took place on Saturday. Held in Dolgarrog this tough 4.2 mile fell race offers 1280ft of climbing straight up the 600 steps of Dolgarrog pipeline so is certainly not a run for the faint hearted.

First to finish for the GOGs was Bleddyn Evans in 47.22. He was followed closely by Daniel Wellings 47.40, Neil Vicars Harris 49.57 and Craig Rutter 53.22.

Michelle Farrell was the only female GOG taking on the challenge and finished in a very respectable 54.40.

Coed Y Brenin Trail. Buff Half Marathon. Jan 2020

Further afield in cooler conditions at the Coed Y Brenin a team of triathletes took to the trails in the Buff Half Marathon.  

Robin Sandham was first home for the GOG’s in 02:03:01. Helen Griffith was first of the female triathletes to finish in 02:35:49. She was followed by Hayley Price Jones in 2.58.04, Sarah Massey 2.59.39, Cheryl Stewart 02:59:42 and Megan New 3.01.54.

Colwyn Bay Athletic Club’s Twin Piers 10k – Jan 2010

GOG Triathlon Club were well represented in Colwyn Bay A/C’s Twin Piers 10km on Saturday.

Simon Cole was first home for the GOG’s in 3rd place overall in a fantastic time of 32.19. The Triathletes also had age category winners in the U20 and Vet 75 age categories showing the club has talent spanning the generations. James Smith was 18th overall (1st U20) in 36.12. He was followed by Alun Brown in 36.45, Geran Hughes 38.09, Mark Davies 40.29, Andy Jones 41.45, Iwan Davies 42.33, Bleddyn Evans 42.48, James Watkins 43.29, Andy Brazier 44.01, Paul Algieri 44.10, James Astrop 44.08, Andrew Roberts 44.38, Sion Hughes 45.55, Merfyn Jones 46.20, Steven Owen 47.50, Rory Fish 49.36, and Joshua White 51:33. Alan Benn (1st Vet75) clocked 52.44. 

GOG Triathlon Club were well represented in Colwyn Bay A/C’s Twin Piers 10km on Saturday. Simon Cole was first home for the GOG’s in 3rd place overall in a fantastic time of 32.19. The Triathletes also had age category winners in the U20 and Vet 75 age categories showing the club has talent spanning the generations. James Smith was 18th overall (1st U20) in 36.12. He was followed by Alun Brown in 36.45, Geran Hughes 38.09, Mark Davies 40.29, Andy Jones 41.45, Iwan Davies 42.33, Bleddyn Evans 42.48, James Watkins 43.29, Andy Brazier 44.01, Paul Algieri 44.10, James Astrop 44.08, Andrew Roberts 44.38, Sion Hughes 45.55, Merfyn Jones 46.20, Steven Owen 47.50, Rory Fish 49.36, and Joshua White 51:33. Alan Benn (1st Vet75) clocked 52.44. 

First GOG female Mared Dafydd raced well to finish in 42.30 in 10th place overall.  She was followed by Victoria Cole in 46.15, Caitlin Owen 49.14, Paula Stevens 50.28, Nan Roberts 57.08, Laura Lambe 58.37, Diane Fish 1.03.06 and Sarah Marriott 1.04.28

Escape to Afan X Duathlon & North Wales Cross Country in Dolgellau. Nov 2019

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.

Pen Llyn Winter Trail Ultra, Betws 10K, Conwy Half & Cross Country Championships. Nov 2019

Running has been the sport of choice for the GOG Triathletes over the last few weeks. On the Lleyn Peninsula last week Andy Jones and Neil Vicars Harris represented the club in the Pen Llyn Winter Trail Ultra, a 35.5 mile run from Pwllheli. Andy finished the gruelling race in tough conditions in 22nd place overall in an impressive 7.12.51. Neil who was taking on his first Ultra race finished in 37th place in 7.40.20.

Betws 10k

In Betws Y Coed the Help for Heroes Trail 10km was also taking place on Saturday. First home for the GOGs was John Farrell in 55.31, he was followed by Gareth Jones in 58.20 and Wayne Jones 1.05.46. Steph Conway was first GOG female home with a 5 minute improvement on last years time 1.00.26. Nicola Tomlinson clocked 1.05.31, with Sarah Massey and Cheryl finishing together in 1.14.34 and Sarah Massey in 1.21.26.

This Sunday saw a good contingent of GOGs take on the Run Wales Conwy Half Marathon. Results were not available when going to print. However those taking part included Bleddyn Evans, Graham Tunstall Steve Dutton, Rich Smith, Rob Stewart, Gareth Williams, John Farrell, Paula Stephens, Steph Conway, Sarah Stewart, Cheryl Stewart, Michelle Farrell, Sarah Marriott and Sonja Griffiths.

Finally Ann d’Albuquerque was selected to race for Wales in the British & Irish Cross Country Championships in Aintree on Sunday. Ann finished 5th in her age group and the combined team efforts earned the Welsh ladies a bronze medal. 

Harlech Aquathlon, Porth Eirias 10km, Snowdonia Marathon Eryri & Abergele 5 Mile Road Race. Oct 2019

GOG Triathlon Club have been well represented over the past couple of weeks in various events across the region.

Last Sunday Harlech Triathlon Club hosted an end of season Aquathlon which comprised of an 800-metre pool swim followed by a 5km run across the dunes and along the beach. In the male race Grant Falconer was the first GOG male to finish in 8th place in 29.54 with Malcolm Harrison finishing 15th and 1st in Age in 36.58. Sasha Jones took the win in the ladies race with a very impressive 5.56 minute swim and 21.48 minute 5km. Her total time was 28.06. In 5th was Mared Dafydd in 30.05. Junior triathlete Caitlin Owen was 6th and first in age in 31.46. Dinah Hazeldine was 12th in 42.12 and Deborah Robinson was 14th in 45.49.

Horrendous weather didn’t deter the triathletes at the Halloween 10km at Porth Eirias on Saturday morning. Youngster James Smith had a superb race clocking 35.36 to take 4th place overall and first in his 11-19 age category. Next home was Adrian Leonard in 7th place in 36.59. He was followed by Joshua White in 44.58, John Farrell in 47.32 and Martin Pritchard in 51.46. Michelle Farrell was the only GOG female taking part and she clocked a 10km PB of 48.32.

Taking on a much longer distance at the Snowdon Marathon in equally challenging conditions on Sunday the GOGs were represented by a hardy few. Neil Vicars Harris finished in 3:59:38. Helen McArthur was first GOG female home in 4.12.34, and in their first marathons Ceri Hughes finished in 4.42.47 and Geri Evans 5.29.31

Abergele 5 mile Road race. The GOG’s fielded a team of five. First home was Geran Hughes in 22nd place overall and 2nd in age in 30.28. Next home was Eduardo Vega Perez in 32.29, he was followed by Andy Jones 33.06, Graham Tunstall 35.10 and Joshua White 38.41.

Welsh Super Series – Winners 2019 GOG Triathlon.

https://www.welshtriathlon.org/news/super-series-spectacular-at-sandman_11682?fbclid=IwAR1a-UDSBll3RDSGVHGCsxHNKQ-agGbR5SAJoj9Ed8F3GYK_-_O2jUHI3pU

Super Series Spectacular at Sandman
PUBLISHED: 18TH SEPTEMBER 2019

Saturday (14th September) saw the climax of the 2019 Welsh Triathlon Super Series at Newborough Beach on Anglesey as both Liam Lloyd and Hannah Munday ensured there were new names on the male and female titles, as well as the team competition.
With points and a quarter on offer for the final stage of this years Super Series, all was still to play for as we headed North to the picturesque Newborough Beach on the Isle of Anglesey for the AAH Sandman Triathlon, the Super Series finale for the second consecutive year. Conditions were far kinder for our athletes this year, as the wind and rain remained at bay to provide all competitors with ample racing conditions.

A change to the swim course this year saw a more straightforward out and back course, and as the wind had played havoc with the dunes for the last 12months, the swim exit to T1 was a little more technical than last.

As the swimmers swam out against a light wind which created a slight chop, the wind and tide assisted from the half way point back to shore and it was Josh Lewis who exited the sea first, six seconds ahead of Beau Smith as the chasing pack of Alex Matchett, Jack Southam, Kieran John, Liam Lloyd and Sawm Wade followed a further twenty seconds behind.

Within the women’s race, strong swims from both Megan McDonald and Hannah Munday saw them enter transition a second apart, having completed the swim just shy of 6minutes 40seconds. GOGs Rhian Roxburgh followed in third thirty seconds further down the field, closely followed by Florence Swan, who co-incidentally led the series prior to the start of this stage.

As all athletes made their way through transition and onto the climb out of Newborough, the race amongst the male competition intensified, with Lewis managing to withstand attacks throughout, but with series leader Lloyd positioning himself in his shadow in second place. The sharp 25km course saw plenty of movement within the chasing group, but as they returned to T2 it was defending champion Matchett who entered third, slowly losing his grip on the title which he dominated in 2018, followed by stage five winner Wade and Smith having dropped back from second to fifth.

As the male competition made its way to the woodland trails of the forest, the ladies were swiftly making their decent back to T2, a 40.50 bike split from Munday saw her return just ahead of Bala winner McDonald, knowing if she could stay ahead of series leader Swan that the 2019 title would be hers. As both entered transition, a sharper transition saw McDonald regain the stage lead, exiting a second ahead of Munday, who by now had almost a two minute lead on Swan who had dropped to fourth, with last year’s Sandman winner Roxburgh returning T2 and exiting for the run in a time of 49.36.

With Lewis heading to Super League Jersey in a few weeks, his form on the swim and bike would have been a confidence boost, but the dunes and sand of Newborough played havoc on the run, and gave the opportunity to Cycle Specific’s Liam Lloyd to take the overall victory, overtaking Lewis after 2k of the run to return victorious in a time of 1:01:20. This was the fourth victory from five for Lloyd in the 2019 series, stamping his authority over the chasing pack. With a stronger male field in 2019, it was Lloyds Strength on the run which saw him stretch away from his counterparts, having been in a pack for the majority of races before striding clear when needed to secure stage victories. The run of the day on this stage however belonged to Sam Wade, who thanks to a run split of 17:49 overtook Lewis to secure second place on the stage and cement second place in the overall series standings. Lewis came home in third, having lost a 1:08 to Lloyd and 1:38 to Wade meaning he finished 2019 in fifth place. Defending champion Matchett, who since being victorious last year has now also qualified as a doctor, came fourth on the day in a time of 1:02:49, securing a second year on the podium, this time in third.

With the women’s’ series possibly on its way to a three way tie at the top on points, it was stage 3 winner Megan McDonald who held off the challenge of Munday to return victorious on the day, in a time of 1:11:34. Having only competed two stages in the series, it would have been an interesting battle had McDonald featured more. Knowing that all was needed was to finish in the top 4 and ahead of Swan, it was early series front runner Hannah Munday who finished second in a time of 1:12:40 to secure the 2019 Women’s Super-Series title. Defending sandman champion Roxburgh returned in third place in a time of 1:12:59 and took third place on the podium overall. Swan, who led the series prior to the stage having been victorious at the Snowman and Gower finished fourth in a time of 1:13:27, to pip Roxburgh into second by five points.

Across the age categories, one of the standout series performance lies with GOG Tri’s Gareth Bowyer, having won four stages of this year’s series, and would have secured a fifth at Sandman had he not been DQ by a Moto-Official. Bowyers points tally of 400 was enough to secure the series title from Pembrokeshire’s Steve Matchett, who having won at the Sandman saw his points tally raised to 380 in second. Cardiff’s Rodney Savage remained in third place with 245 having not competed at the Sandman, but two strong GOG performances from Geran Hughes and Paul Algieri contributed to their overall team points haul.

Other GOG performances came in the 70’s Super Vintage Veteran Age Category, where husband and wife John and Ann D’Albuquerque won both categories on the day to take the series standings, as well as a 250points haul for the GOG Squad. Bridget Ripley secured victory on the day in the women’s’ Super Veteran category in a time of 1:31:44 and with it also secured the Series title for the Female 60 Category.

The Male Super Veteran Category was the only one which didn’t produce an outright winner. With series rules stating that to be eligible a minimum of three races needed to be completed, nobody took home the prize fund within the category, but a strong performance from Glossop Tri club’s Alan Turner saw him top the points table, with stage winner W.R. Blackwell finishing third after his solitary showing.

Another stand out series performance came in the women’s Super-Veteran Category, as it was ‘same again’ for Monmouth’s Rebecca Comins, as she continued to dominate with a win in an impressive time of 1:22:33. This gave Rebecca a total points tally of 425 points, matched only by Liam Lloyd in the series, and Rebecca was the only person to win her category in every race she competed in, seeing her also make the top 10 in the overall female category. With category counterparts taking part on the day, it was Celtic Tri’s Jen Aylward who came home second in the series with 365 points and GOGs Debs Jones third with 315points.

With Roxburgh featuring on the overall podium, the remaining veteran ladies’ spaces went to Gwen Kinsey of Team Pedalcover who came second in category and fifth overall and Bala’s Eleanor Davies, pipping IntrTri’s Helen Marshall to third. Both had given consistent performances across the series to secure their positions. The male veteran category was another which went down to the wire, with a second spot finish for Taff Ely’s Mark Binding on the day giving him top spot ahead of Pembrokeshire’s James Moore. The battle for third in category was tight with WCT David Coates pipping GOG counterpart Simon Roxburgh by 8 series points to claim his place on the podium.

With the male senior podium matching the overall, there was one change in the female seniors, with NTPCW’s Rhiannon Middleton taking the third step, having finished seventh on the stage but consistently in the top 5 throughout the season.

With the stage being a sprint race, it was also an opportunity for the youth and juniors to complete their final stage of the series. Cerist Triathlon’s Mali Jones was victorious in the female category, finishing ahead of Celtic Tri’s Eden Rae Davies who didn’t compete at Sandman. In the Male categories, although the stage win went to Cycle Specifics Joshua Jones, it was Pembrokeshire’s Dafydd Brown who finished top of the tree on 210 points ahead of Llanelli’s Jack Southam in second, who had consistently been in the lead group of swimmers at every race. There’s a bright future for all these youngsters.

With so much activity across the age categories, there were big points on offer across the team competition, which, ironically was probably secured at Stage 5 down the Gower as a skeleton GOG Squad managed to secure 250points on the weekend when they held their own event. This week they backed it up with the biggest haul on the day of 585 points, taking their series tally to 2280, securing top spot from Pembrokeshire by 147points who finished with 2133. There was still a battle for third, with Celtic Tri beating Taff Ely with 1616points to 1421 points respectively. Last years winners, Cardiff Triathletes found themselves back in fifth 1216points, a clear 1000points behind the 2019 winner, GOG Triathlon club.

Report is taken from above link, for details please click the on Welsh Triathlon link above.

Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Nice. Sept 2019

GOG Triathlon Clubs, Head Coach Rhian Roxburgh was in Nice for the Ironman 70.3 World Championships.

Rhian clocked an awesome 28.59 minute swim coming first out of the water in her 40-45 age category, her bike split was 3.03.35 and her half marathon time was 1.39.04. She finished in a great time of 5.17.37, 8th in her age category and 124th female out of a field of 1778 women. 

Llanrwst Sprint Triathlon Sept 2019

Llanrwst Triathlon

GOG Triathlon Club hosted the annual Llanrwst Sprint Triathlon last Sunday. The event sees athletes swim 400 metres in the Llanrwst Swimming Pool. Then embark on a 24km bike up the Conwy Valley, crossing the river at Tal Y Cafn and returning to Llanrwst Bowling Green carpark via the B5106. Triathlete then run up into Gwydir Forest for a 5km out and back testing route on road and forest trails. The 160-capacity race, which was a sell out since July, attracts a mix of abilities ranging from experienced triathlon experts to complete novices. It is run on the generosity of local sponsors and supporters and has a reputation as being one of the best small-scale club races in the region.

Llanrwst triathlon has been dominated by local triathlete Jack Smith Keegin for the past few years and sure enough on Sunday Jack powered his way through the disciplines to finish first in 1.02.15. He posted a remarkable 05.49 swim, 34.56 bike and 20.02 run. In second place in 1.05.33 was Simon Cole and third was Sam Littlewood of RAPTC Triathlon in 1.09.25.  

There were some impressive results across the age groups; starting with U17 where William Stone of Denbighshire Triathlon Club clocked 1.22.03. Kieran Williams of Tristars Conwy took the 17-19 age group win in 1.15.19. In the 20-29 category Stu Jones finished in 1.19.45. Gavin Roberts fresh from the Moel Famau Fell race the previous day took home the age group win for the 30-39 year olds. An improvement from his first tri in 2018 time John Burtons time of 1.16.05 saw him take the 40-49 age category. Russell Godwin defended his 50-59 title in 1.15.09. Bob Blackwell was first home in the 60+ category finishing in 1.26.23.

The ladies’ race was also won comfortably by triathlon novice Iona Roberts in 1.17.21. Iona clocked a notable bike split of 42.24 and backed this up with a fine 24.22 run.  Bethan Jones was second in 1.20.53 and Mared Dafydd third in 1.22.39.

In the female groups Catrin Donnelly was first to finish in the a fiercely competitive 17-19 female youths’ category in a time of 1.24.11. In her first triathlon Ellie New took the win in the F20-29 category. Victoria Cole was the first lady in her age category of 30-39 in 1.25.49. In the 40-49 age group Jane Doughton of Cadence Tri posted 1.24.39. Vicky Ronald was fastest in the 50-59 in a time of 1.26.52. Also defending her 60+ title Ann d’Albuquerque finished in 1.42.28.

ITU Championships in Switzerland. ETU qualifier & National Sprint Championships in Herts. Wirral & Helvellyn Triathlons. Sept 2019

GOG Triathlon Club was exceptionally proud to be represented on the World Stage this weekend by three triathletes taking part in the International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Championships in Lausanne, Switzerland. Qualifying for this race is a great honour and triathletes had a fantastic racing experience owing to hugely competitive field and the fact the event also hosts the finale of the Professional World Series.

The testing Sprint Course comprised of a 750 metre swim, a 20 km bike and 5 km point to point run. Representing Team GB for his second time this year and having had a very consistent season of training and racing Paul Algieri preformed best for the GOGs. He finished in 30th place overall from a field of 116 in his age group of 55-59. He completed the course in 1:15:16 recording a 13:45 swim, 33:33 bike and 23:29 run. Geran Hughes having battled injury in the last few months came back to race Lausanne and finished well in 56th in his 50-54 age group in 01:15:21. He swam in 16:02, biked 34:37 and had a good 20:21 run.

Making his debut on the World stage was Andrew Brazier who qualified to represent his country of birth New Zealand in the race. Andrew raced well to finish 83rd in the 50-54 age category recording a 17:49 swim, 34:14 bike and 22:55 run.  Not content to take on just the sprint race Ironman Andy also qualified for the Olympic distance event on Sunday. Here he finished in 2.52.37, a respectable 108th place in age. Over double the distances he clocked 40:51 for the swim, 1:16:41 bike and 49:45 run.

At home, there have been some good performances over the past few weeks with members of the GOG Squad travelling to events countrywide. In Box End Herts at a race which doubled up as the ETU Qualifier and English National Sprint Championships Jonathon Seymour finished 32nd overall and 4th in age in 01:06:14. The 4th place enabled Jon to qualify for Malmo where he will make his ETU Triathlon debut having raced ETU duathlon in the last year. Malcolm Harrison was 28th in age finishing in 1:35:59.  Last Sunday three of our ladies travelled to the Wirral Triathlon at West Kirby Marina. The triathletes had perfect conditions for the race and all raced well with Cheryl Stewart completing the course in 1:32:17, Sarah Massey in 1:51:22 and Sarah Marriott in 1:56:37.  Finally, Neil Vicars Harris travelled to the lake district to take on the Helvellyn Triathlon, billed to be one of the toughest races on the calendar owing to its tough cycle route taking in Kirkstone Pass and ‘the Struggle’, Neil put his hours of summer training to the test and did well to complete the course in 5:10:24, 16th in his age.

Snowman & Westminster Triathlons. Sprint Distance European Triathlon Championships in Russia. July 2019

GOG Triathletes were in action at the Always Aim High Snowman Triathlon races at Plas Y Brenin over the weekend. The Sprint race took place on Saturday along with the Mymbyr Mile Swim. Chris Wynne finished the sprint in 01:35:04 and Tom Johnson 01:55:32. As part of his training for the Great Orme Charity Swim around the Great Orme Carlo Galeotti took on the Mymbyr Mile and ended up on the podium for second in age in 26.41. Ali Barber took first female in age in 31.37.

The Standard race on Sunday was part of the Welsh Super Series and attracted a competitive field from across the Principality. However the GOGs had a home advantage on the notoriously difficult course. Jack Smith Keegin flew down Moel Siabod to take third place in a fantastic time of 3.18.32. He was followed by Simon Cole in 6th place in 3.28.00. Gareth Bowyer was next to cross the line and take first in his 50+ age category in 3.35.07. Simon Roxburgh clocked 3.56.51, Tom Burke 4.54.22, Ian Jones 5.18.00 and Josh White 5.20.52. For the ladies Rhain Roxburgh raced well to take second place overall in a super time of 3.35.20. Next home in 11th place was Emer Sandham in 4.21.14. She was followed by Mared Dafydd in 4.37.29, Paula Stevens 5.24.40 Debs Jones 5.36.59, Tabita Angle Smith in 5.56.20 and Stephanie Conway 6.07.27.

Further afied in London some of the GOG Squad attended the Westminster Olympic Distance Triathlon. In a male field of over 1400 triathletes the GOGs ended up closely bunched with Bleddyn Evans posting a time of 2.38.37, Ashley Tomlinson 2.39.23, Simon Hick 2.42.16  Andrew Ellwood 2.43.05 and Rob Stewart 2.48.46.

Finally, GOG international triathlete Paul Algieri was competing for the GB Age Group Team this weekend in Russia at the Sprint Distance European Triathlon Championships. He performed well across the disciplines to finish in 6th place in a time of 1.12.21.

European Multisport Championship in Romania. Tenby Long Course Weekend. Deva Divas Triathlon. July 2019

GOG Triathlon Club welcomed home some members of the club this week who had competed for their home nations at the European Multisport Championships in Romania. Malcolm Harrison and Deborah Robinson took part in the cross triathlon, and Geran Hughes and Robin Sandham raced the cross duathlon for the British Age Group Team. Emer Sandham raced the middle distance for her home country Ireland. Whilst the local athletes did not make the podium good results were recorded across their races.

Down in Tenby last weekend Alex Hatton took part in the Long Course Weekend, a long-distance event which runs over three days in the seaside town. Alex performed well across the distances recording 1.04.00 for the 2.4-mile swim, 5.39.00 for the 112mile bike and on the final day a half marathon time of 1.38.29.

This weekend Sunday saw some of the GOG ladies travel to Chester for the Deva Divas triathlon. The female-only sprint triathlon comprises of a 750-meter swim in the Dee, ride out to Pulford and a flat fast run around the Meadows. Rachel Cook was the first home for the GOGs in 1.43.58, she was followed by Angharad Lewis in 1.44.02 and Dinah Hazeldine in 1.52.35. 

Denbigh & Cardiff Tri. The Castle Series & Cork Ironman. Llanddoged, Run Fest Wales, Moel Hebog and Merebrook races. June 2019

Sunday was a busy day with members of GOG Triathlon Club taking part in events across the region. Denbigh Sprint Triathlon was held on Sunday and whilst finish times were not available when going to print, the 10 GOGs taking part came home with a number of prizes. Adrian Leonard took first place in the men’s race and Vicky Ronald took second in the ladies’ race. Other notable results for the club were age group prizes for Russell Godwin, Chris Wynne and Malcolm Harrison and Nicola Tomlinson, Ceri Hughes and Susi Hooson in the ladies’ race.

In South Wales at the Always Aim High Cardiff Triathlon, Andy Williams was first to finish for the GOGs in 2.14.45. Next home was Neil Vicars Harris in 2.17.27. Alan Newell finished in 2.40.45.

At the Castle Series Cholmondeley Castle Multiport Festival Merf Jones took on his first Standard Distance Aquabike race and finished comfortably in first place in 1.45.59. Lisa Hughes raced the Sprint and took second place in 1.14.02.

Further afield in Cork Brian Bennett took part in the inaugural Ironman where in desperate conditions he finished in 14.12.42.

In running news, last week Laurie and David Griffith ran the Ras Llanddoged road race and both took home prizes for finishing first in age in 55.49 and 1.10.25 respectively. 

On Sunday at RunFest Wales Simon Cole finished first in the 5km race in a fantastic time of 15.40. Caitlin Owen was 18th overall and 3rd in age in 26.56. In the 10km race Stephen Mills finished 6th overall in 41.33. In the half marathon Steven Owen was 31st in 1.49.30. Emma Hughes-Marshall was 29th female in 2.16.59.  

Andy Jones was the sole representative at the Moel Hebog fell race finishing in 1.10.00. 

Finally, at the Merebrook 15km run Tony Price-Jones finished in 1.06.16. Hayley Price-Jones clocked 1:26:09.