TRIATHLON: Belvoir club duo compete in UK’s second largest marathon

Belvoir Tri Club at Southwell, from left -  Alistair Knott, Wayne France, Dave Kay, Rob Spashett, Chris Pugh, Chris Masters, Catherine Davies and Claire Armstrong.
Belvoir Tri Club at Southwell, from left - Alistair Knott, Wayne France, Dave Kay, Rob Spashett, Chris Pugh, Chris Masters, Catherine Davies and Claire Armstrong.
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Belvoir Tri Club members Nick and Louise Payne were amongst 11,000 taking part in the Brighton Marathon on Sunday, now the second biggest marathon in the UK.

Nick is training for his upcoming 100-mile ultra-marathon so pushed himself to a negative split and a personal best with an impressive finish time of 3hr 37min.

Treating it as a training run, Louise was happy to finish just three minutes outside her PB in 4.26. She said. “I wanted to race the marathon but was conscious of my training for my upcoming Ironman event.”

l Ten Belvoir Tri took part in the 20th Southwell Sprint Triathlon, the first event in the Midlands Sprint Triathlon Series.

A total of 650 entrants competed in the event, consisting of a 400 metre swim in the Southwell Leisure Centre pool followed by an undulating 17.6km cycle and finishing with a challenging and hilly two-lap 5km run.

Claire Armstrong finished first in the F40-44 age category and was second female to cross the line in a time of 1.01.54.

Results: Dave Kay 59.49, Chris Masters 1.37.00, Wayne France 1.03.47, Chris Pugh 1.04.42, Rob Spashett 1.08.11, Catherine Davies 1.08.13, Sara Bedford 1.15.14, Cameron Knott 1.18.32, Kevin Baker 1.20.59, Alistair Knott DNF.

l Belvoir Triathletes Gwenda Williams and Neil Baldwin were amongst the 5,500-plus runners competing in the 20th Lincoln 10km race, held in the city.

Thousands of spectators cheered on the participants as they ran, jogged and walked around the course, starting at Riseholme Road on Sunday morning and finishing near the iconic Lincoln Cathedral.

Results: Neil Baldwin 46.42, Gwenda Williams 52.09.

l Alan Heathershaw and Tim Dawson took on the Belton Cup 10km trail race on Sunday morning.

The race is integrated into the world-renowned three-day Belton International Horse Trial event.

Results: Tim Dawson 52.21, Alan Heathershaw 56.03.

Neal Burnham competed in the Boston Marathon on Sunday, held the day before the world-famous Boston Marathon in USA.

The local route has been described as one of the flattest in the world, being at sea level. Local runners set off from Boston Market Place and crossed the finish line at Boston College.

Neal commented: “I was happy with my result of coming in at 43rd overall and an official time of 3.40.37.”