TRIATHLON: Belvoir club members in weekend winning ways

Louise Hyde
Louise Hyde
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It was a golden weekend of racing across the region for Belvoir Tri Club as the first serious races of the season got underway.

A quintet of racers represented the club at Southwell Triathlon, promoted by One Step Beyond, producing two podium positions.

Claire Armstrong finished first in her age group with an overall finishing time of 1hr 1min 7sec, whilst Adam Jackson came third in his, posting a time of 55:15.

Rounding off the excellent set of results for the club were Martin Jolly, Bohdan Dawyd – completing his 60th triathlon – and Sara Bedford, finishing sixth, seventh and 10th in their respective age groups with finishing times of 58:33, 55:53 and 1:16:44.

Further south at Grafham Water, Belvoir clubmate Kevin Gench, along with husband and wife duo Louise and Gerry Hyde, lined up against some of the country’s best duathletes as they took part in the Anglian Water Duathlon Series.

Kevin and Louise raced the Standard distance and Gerry tackled the shorter Sprint distance race, which also held the potential for qualification to the GB European Duathlon team.

The winning streak continued as Louise took first place in her age group with a finishing time of 2:40:03, and Kevin also got his feet on the podium with a second place in age group, crossing the line in 2:28:08.

Against an incredibly competitive line-up, Gerry came home with a very creditable eighth place in his age group with a total time of 1:17:51, just under two minutes outside of the fourth, place needed for automatic qualification, but well within a shout of taking one of the eight potential roll-down places.

Rounding off the racing for the weekend were Tim Dawson and Alex Ferguson who tackled the Grantham Cup cross-country race held at Belton Horse Trials, promoted by Grantham Running Club. Tim and Alex finished with times of 50:49 and 52:33 respectively.

l This weekend sees the second of Belvoir Tri Club’s Go-Tri events at Waterfield Leisure Centre in Melton Mowbray which is part of a national weekend of events in the #gotri1000 series where up to £1,000 in prize money is up for grabs for the first 1,000 entrants into races across the country.

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