TRIATHLON: Belvoir Tri couple cross the line together in French IronMan

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At the break of day on Sunday, Belvoir Tri Club’s Gary and Charlotte Tudbury crossed the finish line together at IronMan Nice, France, after a gruelling 15 hour triathlon in very testing weather conditions.

The IronMan commenced with a beach start before taking the plunge into the very rough waters of the Mediterranean. The swim, 2.4 miles, consisted of two-loops and included a short beach run at the halfway point. The 112 mile bike course is the jewel of IronMan France and follows much of the original Nice Triathlon route, passing through villages in the surrounding mountains with 1,900 metres of climbing, and is as challenging as it is beautiful. The marathon run included four laps back and forth along the Promenade des Anglais.

Gary commented: “A tough day out with a swim in the choppy sea and then thunderstorms with torrential rain, poor visibility and flooded roads on the bike leg.

“I have never seen so many people stopping at feed stations and asking – not for food or drink – but for space blankets to wear. It was a funny sight to see competitors on TT bikes descending an alpine road wrapped in a foil blanket.

“The marathon along the sea front was positively tame in comparison.”

Suzanne Britz joined more than 7,000 triathletes in the 12th annual Bloodwise Blenheim Palace Triathlon on Sunday morning, in near perfect weather conditions.

Considered one of UK’s most stunning triathlon venues, the course is located within the beautiful World Heritage Site and is the second largest triathlon in the UK.

Suzanne completed the sprint triathlon in 1hr 47min after completing a 750m open water swim, 19.8km bike ride and 5.4km run to the finish.

Twelve Belvoir Tri Club ladies remained local on Sunday morning, supporting the Belles of Belvoir Sportive.

They enjoyed a morning of sunshine, cycling and cake with fellow female cyclists from surrounding Lincolnshire cycle clubs. The Belvoir ladies took on the sportive’s new 70 mile route in a gorgeous and challenging circuit of the Vale of Belvoir, and crossing local county borders.

The route had stunning scenery to offer and the best of climbs in the area.

Organisers kept all 182 ladies replenished at two feed stations, with plenty of tea and cake.

Luan Hutchinson commented after her epic ride: “Well, I think we all had a great day out exploring the hills and we had great support from the Beaver males en route. The event was so well organised and hopefully we will all be returning next year.”