GOG Triathlon Club hosted the Welsh Aquathlon Championships on Saturday at Porth Eirias in Colwyn Bay. Eighty entrants from all over Wales had signed up to race the sold-out event, which involves a 750 metre sea swim followed by a 5 km run. Owing to the distances the racing is fast and furious, and in relatively settled conditions some impressive times were recorded.
Michael Lewis of Torfaen Triathlon Club took first place with a course record of 27.22 (9.32 swim and 17.10 run). The proceeding results were recorded by a talented group of youngsters, demonstrating that the future of the sport is bright in Wales. Junior Category winner Joe Niven of Mersey Tri was second in 28.09. Youth Category winner Osian Perrin was third in 28.51.
Adrian Leonard was the first male home for the GOGs in 9th place overall in 32.10. Next home was Pete Borlace in 33.35. He was followed by Sam Johnson 35.34, Merf Jones 36.34, Paul Hooson 36.45, Andrew Williams 37.01, Pete Ward 37.15, Chris Wynne 37.56, Graeme Tunstall 40.14, Andrew Ellwood 41.49, Ashley Tomlinson 43.14, Malcolm Jones 44.12 and Mark Mason 49.39.
In the ladies’ race Rhian Roxburgh of the GOGs finished in 31.52 (10.48 swim and 20.06 run). Youth category winner Rhiannon Kamink of Colwyn Bay Athletic Club finished second with a minute improvement on her 2017 time in 34.16. In third place another Junior Category winner was Kate Pugh of Wrekin Triathlon Club in 34.52. After Rhian, the next lady GOG home was Gemma Moore in 35.41. She was followed by Sasha Jones 37.22, Emer Sandham 38.09, Angie Hughes 41.49, Jen Wells 42.00, Geri Evans 44.17, Steph Conwy 44.44, Dinah Hazeldine 53.44, Cheryl Stewart 54.46, Lucy Bradley 53.48 and Deborah Robinson 56.44.
Welsh Championship medals were awarded across the age categories and photographed below (courtesy of Steve Jeffreys) are the various winners.
Elsewhere on Sunday Andy Jones travelled to Warrington to take part in the Birchwood 10km. Andy recorded a great time of 40.55, finishing in 95th place overall and 12th in his age group.