GOG Triathlon Club hosted the 11th annual Llanrwst Sprint Triathlon on Sunday with triathletes travelling from all over the region to race alongside a high proportion of GOG club members. The 400 metre swim took place at Llanrwst Pool, the 25 km cycle saw competitors ride up to Tal-y-Cafn, cross the Conwy River and back down the Valley through Trefriw to make their way back to the Llanrwst Bowling Green Carpark, where they then embarked on a 5 km run up to Gwydir Forest and back. The race was a sell-out with 153 entries over a range of age categories from 15 to 60+. Despite the tough run course, the club event is renowned for being a beginner friendly race owing to the fact the organisers and most marshals also take part, and fully appreciate that encouragement should be mustered for all levels of competitor.
Near perfect conditions on Sunday made for fantastic racing with fast times recorded on the bike and run. The male competition was dominated by the home club with a 1-2-3 for the GOG Squad. Jack Smith-Keegin had an incredible race recording a 4.49 swim, 36.56 bike and 19.04 run to finish 1st overall in 1.03.22. In 2nd place was young Welsh Triathlon Star Sam Johnson in 1.04.15. Gareth Bowyer took 3rd in 1.07.31. The female race was won by visitor Sarah Ryder of Wrecsam Tri in 1.16.08, with a 8.50 swim, a very strong 42.34 bike and 22.56 run. In 2nd place for the second year running was GOG’s Emer Sandham in 1.18.50. Third place was won by experienced Super Veteran Bridget Ripley in 1.20.04.
The age group results were as follows; in the youth category Tomos Land of Conwy Tri Stars was 1st in 1.18.04 and representing the girls Welsh Triathlon Academy’s Mali Jones was 1st in 01:24:27. In the Junior category GOGs Sion Kelly-Williams finished in 01:11:31 and Colwyn Bay Athletics Rhiannon Kamink finished in 01:22:18. Out of the 19 Senior 1 age group triathletes competing, Stephen Price of Blackcat Cycling Club was 1st in 01:12:45 and Toni Whitney was 1st female in 01:25:17. There were 38 Senior 2’s competing and GOGs took both male and female 1st with Matthew Ashton finishing in 1.10.36 and Sarah Gallacher finishing in 1.23.19. The Veteran category was particularly competitive, with GOGs Tim Burnett finishing in 1.10.39 and Claire Birch of OO Tri finishing in 1.26.41. Of the 33 Super Veterans registered GOGs Pete Ward finished in 01:10:55 and GOGs Vicky Ronald in 1.22.27. The Vintage Veterans category had 12 competitors with Colin Hunt of Wrecsam Tri finishing in 1.18.48 and Vicky Cortvriend of Denbigh Harriers finishing in 2.03.17.
Llanrwst Triathlon is a popular event which couldn’t have happened without the support of a number of local business around the Conwy Valley and beyond including; Evolution Bikes, Betws based Kingud bike cleaning products, Meriden Bars, Jones Crisps, Llanrwst produced Aberffraw Biscuits, Beech Homes, Clear Accounting, Cotswolds, Trirox Training, Coop Rhuddlan, Coop Llanrwst, Carlos Restaurant, Goodwinesonline, Muc-off, Rydal School and The St George Hotel. The club would like to thank all of its sponsors for supporting this hugely successful event.