TRIATHLON: Marathon mission accomplished for Belvoir Tri Club trio

Louise Hyde, Gerry Hyde and Mark Wilson at Manchester.
Louise Hyde, Gerry Hyde and Mark Wilson at Manchester.
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Belvoir Tri Club members Gerry and Louise Hyde, and Mark Wilson were amongst the 15,000-plus runners from across the UK who took to the streets for the gruelling Greater Manchester Marathon on Sunday.

The marathon celebrated its 40th birthday, starting and finishing at the iconic Old Trafford Stadium.

With ideal bright and cool weather conditions, Louise ran a great time of 4hr 4min 14sec for her first marathon, finishing 49th/202 in her Vet 50 category.

Louise commented: “I ran consistently aiming for a two hour half marathon and didn’t drop too much pace in the tough second half of the marathon. I am really happy with my accomplished marathon mission.”

Gerry Hyde comfortably beat his London Marathon time from 22 years ago. His finish time was 3.14.52. He said: “I am amazed that I went sub 3.15 with minimal training and a chest infection in the middle of my training schedule. Racing can be so good sometimes. I went through half way in 1hr 34min, so slowed a little on the second half but, apart from a short-lived stitch at 22 miles, I managed to keep rolling out the miles.”

Gerry finished 48th out of 560 in the Vet 50 category.

Mark Wilson completed the marathon in 3.09.45.

Belvoir triathlete Mark Deans took part in round two of six of the Midlands MTB XC series at Cannock Chase on Saturday.

Despite the glorious weather, rain the previous day made the course very slippery and extra challenging.

Mark said: “It was a fairly tough and technical course. There were times I struggled to control my bike and seemed to spend more time on the ground eating mud than cycling; however, it was a good learning experience for me with lots of lessons to take forward into the next round in the series next month.”

Mark finished the race in 1.26.28 for 28th in the ‘fun’ category.

Two Belvoir Tri Club ladies, Luan Hutchinson and Anita Sharp, entered the Paul Kirk Memorial North Lincs Cyclosportive on Sunday. Fellow club member Blake Hutchinson accompanied and supported them throughout the 100-mile ride.

Clubmate Matthew Kingston-Lee has qualified for the 2016 Aviles ITU Duathlon World Championships in June when he will be competing in the standard distance event.