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.