TRIATHLON: Oliver triumphs in Belvoir club championship

Club champions Claire Armstrong and Mick Oliver.

Club champions Claire Armstrong and Mick Oliver.

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Just over 102 triathletes descended upon Grantham to compete in the FastFWD Sports Sprint Distance Triathlon on Sunday.

The red and white of Grantham’s own Belvoir Tri Club was out in force, with 15 of their members vying for bragging rights in what was also their club championships.

Competitors of all genders, ages, abilities and sizes arrived at The Meres leisure centre from 6am, with conditions near perfect.

First-up was the 400m swim, where a diverse range of strokes were on display. Then, following a short dash to the tennis courts, began two laps of the bike course, totalling a distance of 18km and taking in Barrowby and Harlaxton. Competitors finally faced a 5km run.

Belvoir Tri Club men’s championship was won by Mick Oliver who finished in 59min 21sec to place himself inside the top 10 overall standings.

Blake Hutchinson shaved 15 minutes off last year’s time to take second in the club championship with 1:05:57, whilst Ove Andresen was third with a time of 1:07:48. Rob Spashett completed his triathlon debut in 1:14:17.

Claire Armstrong won the women’s club championship, taking home her second piece of silverware of the day as she finished second female overall in 1:01:59.

Lara Thornhill was runner-up in the club championships in 1:07:02, whilst Natalie Eastaugh was third with 1:14:21.

Others: Oliver Wood (1:08:06), Steve Squires (1:09:40), Tim Dawson (1:10:17), Justin Harris (1:11:10), Chris Pugh (1:13:58), Kevin Baker (1:16:46), Penny Hodges (1:19:47), Julie McKie (1:21:41).

l Further south, sprint triathlon specialists Karl Hunt, Martin Jolly and Adam Jackson travelled to St Neots to take part in the British Triathlon Sprint Distance National Championships, on the search for not just their place in the British pecking order, but to have their first stab at a qualification place for European and World Championship GB Age Group teams.

Karl finished a credible 20th in his age group in with a typically strong bike leg and a total time of 1:13:22. Martin battled it out in the 45-49 age group with a great swim and run seeing him take 25th place in a very strong field with 1:14:53.

Adam pulled out a great all round performance to take the fastest club time of the day, despite a mechanical issue with his bike seeing him stuck in a single gear for much of the bike leg. He finished 15th place in the 30-34 age group with a time of 1:12:52.

The trio have further qualification races throughout the month, with the final race at Holme Pierrepoint on May 30 when they will discover whether they have made the ETU/ITU teams.

l Paul Kerr pulled out a strong bike leg at the Monster Mojito Standard distance triathlon in Peterborough to take 11th place overall with a finishing time of 2:19:54.

l BTC’s summer training schedule is well underway. Visit www.belvoirtriclub.co.uk for more details or email info@belvoirtriclub.co.uk