As well as enjoying magnificent castle views and beautiful grounds, Striders taking part in the triathlons this year also benefitted from rousing support from their fellow club members who had been given the opportunity to marshall at the event this year. And what a weekend it was with the Tri club from having a first go at triathlons to Ironman in training the club was represented well across both days with some great results:
Saturday Sprint results out of 553 entrants this was a non wetsuit swim as the water was 26 degrees:
Glenn Davies time: 1:27:37 place 24
Andy Baptie time: 1:34:40 place 67
Klaire Lander time: 1:45:09 place 191
Rachel Ward time 1:45:15 place 196
Paul Holt time: 1:47:01 place 221
Jennifer Coleman time: 1:50:10 place 269
Lorraine Neale time: 1:55:06 place 346 1st Triathlon
Katie Lovelock time 2:17:15 place 518 1st Triathlon and had a mechanical on bike section
4 Striders took part in the 3rd year of the Oysterman sprint distance triathlon known for being picturesque and friendly. Hot and sunny were welcome conditions for the 500m open water sea swim, followed by the 20k bike and 5k run on the technical yet flat course. Matt Nunn was 1st Strider home crossing the line in a time of 1:09:54 which placed him 9th overall out of 189 entrants and first in his age category! 2nd Strider home was Andy Baptie in a time of 1:20:41 placing him 40th overall. Martin Feaver took the 3rd spot in 1.32.50 placing him 100th overall. Danielle Smith represented the female Striders crossing the line in 1:43:23 placing her 152nd overall.
Andy Baptie and Rachel Ward travelled to the Cotswolds for a early season chilly dip in the lake, Andy finished in 1.03.43 placing him 68th out of 370 entrants. Rachel finished in 1.17.19 placing her 264th, 5th in her age category.
Maidstone Sprint Triathlon 2017 : Sunday 7th May 2017
4 Striders from the Triathlon side competed in the Maidstone Sprint Triathlon which was the next race in the club championships calendar – the event consists of 300m pool swim; 18k bike; 4.2k run. Matt Nunn was first Strider home in a time of 54.37.10 placing him 10th out of 80 entrants overall. Glenn Davies was very close behind him crossing the line in a time of 54.37.85, placing him 11th overall and winning his age category. Rob Sapp was 18th overall in 56.41.05 and Martin Clark 20th in 57.23.20.