TRIATHLON: Belvoir Tri Club members race at home and abroad

Abi Schofield on the run leg in Geneva.
Abi Schofield on the run leg in Geneva.
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A weekend of both international and domestic competition was had by members of Belvoir Tri Club at the weekend.

The biggest race of the season for the club so far, the European Age Group Championships, was contested by two members of the club in Geneva.

Abi Schofield competed in the Sprint distance in the 25-29 age group. Conditions for the race were made difficult by the 35 degree heat and choppy conditions on Lake Geneva.

Despite this, Abi exited the 750m swim in fourth place. Transitions went smoothly thanks to practising at a mini-series in Peterborough, however at the mount line to the bike another competitor crashed into her bike, knocking the chain off.

On the final leg, her favourite of the three, Abi worked hard in the heat to overtake many other competitors, finishing as the second fastest female runner in her age group. Abi finished in 12th place in a time of 1hr 18min 25sec, the sixth British female.

Abi’s progression in the sport has been swift. She said: “A year ago, I swam open water for the first time, and was learning to ride a bike without crying. Two days ago I came 12th in Europe for my age group in sprint triathlon.

“The journey has had a fair few bumps along the way, but my coach, Stefan Lawrence of Tri-SL Training, has made training effective and enjoyable.”

Starting at 12.30pm, Mike Goddard competed in the 65-69 age group in the Sprint distance, with the aim of a top five position and top three GB.

Mike exited the swim in 16th place, transition went, and he made up 10 places on the bike leg, posting the sixth fastest split

The run was tough in the heat of the day, but Mike managed to move up one place to fifth, finishing in 1:28:09.

Mike said: “This was a tougher race than I had anticipated. The intense heat, choppy water, and sharp hills made it a testing but interesting race and I was happy with the final result which was within my target.”

l Closer to home, a quintet of athletes travelled North to Cadney, nr Brigg, to compete in the Lincolnshire Edge Triathlon.

Mark Wilson and Tim Dawson contested the Standard distance event, finishing in 2:25:24 and 2:38:46 respectively, with Mark’s time good enough for first place in his age group.

Taking part in the Sprint distance event were Chris Masters, Catherine Davies and Julie Wilson. Chris finished in 13th place overall with a time of 1:30:22. He said: “I’m very happy coming in 12th male for the sprint, considering its my first open water and only second ever triathlon.”

Catherine continued the great start to her triathlon career by placing third female overall in a time of 1:34:38. Julie continued to progress well in the open water events, completing the sprint distance in 1:54:16.

l The club welcomed it’s 83rd member this week, Coach and club treasurer Karl Hunt said “the club continues to grow at an alarming rate, triathlon is such a attractive sport right now and, with the GB elite team leading the way, we’re seeing a lot of interest. Club sessions are really well attended and it’s great to see experience being imparted at all levels.”

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