TRIATHLON: Belvoir Tri Club coached by GB team members

Belvoir Tri Club on the track. Photo: Toby Roberts
Belvoir Tri Club on the track. Photo: Toby Roberts
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Two GB triathletes coached Belvoir Triathlon Club at The Meres on Saturday evening.

Olympian Lucy Hall, who is known for being one of the fastest swimmers in the sport as well as being a strong cyclist, represented Team GB at the London 2012 Olympic Games, aged just 20.

Mark Buckingham demonstrates some stretches to Belvoir Tri Club members. Photo: Toby Roberts

Mark Buckingham demonstrates some stretches to Belvoir Tri Club members. Photo: Toby Roberts

Mark Buckingham, aged 30, comes from a steeplechase background. In 2011, Mark took top spot at the British Elite Duathlon Championships. He repeated this in 2012 and 2013, securing the national title three years in a row. In 2014 he won the British elite standard distance title in Windsor.

Mark made his ITU World Triathlon Series debut in Kitzbuhel in July 2012, and competed in the Grand Final in Auckland in October. His biggest career win to date was the ITU World Cup in Palamos, Spain, in July 2013.

Lucy and Mark came along to give club members a complimentary track and swim coach session during their own spare time.

Mark took members through some plyometric warm-up exercises before completing a main run set of 400m. The club then headed to the leisure centre, changed into swim suits, and had a very tough swim session in the pool with Lucy.

Whilst the club members were changing, the BTC coaches had their own coach-to-coach session. At the end, everyone reconvened for a question with Lucy and Mark.

Mark and Lucy donated a signed running vest to BTC who are raffling tickets in support of their named charity Inspire+.

l The following morning, 13 members of Belvoir Triathlon Club participated in the annual Brooks Newton’s Fraction Half Marathon.

Now in its 11th year, Grantham Athletic Club’s annual ‘road’ race, run under UKA rules, started and finished on the track inside the sports stadium at The Meres.

The 13.1-mile race eaded out of Grantham into the Lincolnshire countryside, on to the Grantham to Nottingham Canal towpath for nearly three miles to Woolsthorpe by Belvoir, taking in a couple of testing hills along the way, before returning back to the stadium for a grandstand finish.

Belvoir Triathlon Club members’ unofficial times. 2 Matthew Kingston-Lee 1.15.30, 41 Mark Wilson 1.30.27, 65 Martin Jolly 1.35.03, 93 Ove Andresen 1.38.23, 108 Brian Martin 1.40.01, 111 Mark Berry 1.40.08, 133 Sophie Stanley 1.42.33, 180 Blake Hutchinson 1.49.00, 196 Rob Spashett 1.49.39, 215 Alan Heathershaw 1.51.50, 249 Kevin Baker 1.55.58, 409 Sara Bedford 2.23.50, 421 Rachel Smith 2.33.41.

Meanwhile, Mark Deans competed in the Midlands MTB XC series race at Sherwood Pines.

The cross-country race was a pure mountain bike race held over multiple laps of an undulating circuit, featuring a number of races from Elite down to Fun.

The race consisted of blazing fast descents and an elevated boardwalk, to technical singletrack and lung bursting climbs.

Mark said: “I have never ridden in just a mountain bike race before and don’t hold a British Cycling race licence, so I undertook the ‘fun’ race which consisted of two 7.5km laps around the course.

“The course was fantastic and was fast throughout. I was really pleased with my effort placing me 17th out of the ‘fun’ group in a time of 61 minutes. I found the course definitely worth taking part in and suitable for any rider wishing to develop their offroad ability.”

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