Belvoir Tri Club enjoys a busy weekend of racing
It was a busy weekend of racing for Belvoir Tri Club, with members competing in various races both near and far.
First up was the welcome return of the Grantham Spring Triathlon (ran by local events company SBR) after a two year Covid-19 induced hiatus.
Twenty eight members of Belvoir Tri crossed the finish line on the day, battling some challenging and chilly conditions to earn their medals.
The venue and course stayed mostly the same as the past few years, with the event being held at The Meres leisure centre.
For the sprint distance, that was opted for by the majority of members, a 400m swim in the leisure centre pool was the first task of the day. Due to unseasonably cold weather, some athletes took the opportunity in transition to wrap up warm for the bike, with others not wanting to lose time and braving the cold in their still-wet tri suits.
The swim was followed by an undulating 16.5km two lap bike course that took competitors through the familiar territory – setting off through Barrowby, down The Drift to Harlaxton and back into Grantham town on the A607.
Once off the bike, athletes headed back into the transition area and took on their final leg of the triathlon – a 5km run of 2.5 laps. The run took athletes around parts of Grantham immediately around the leisure centre before they sprinted for the finish, their well-earned medal, and likely a burger and hot coffee.
The sprint distance triathlon also formed Belvoir Tri Club’s sprint distance club championship event, so the stakes were high for those after a coveted club trophy.
Winning the club championship was Matt Broad who was first man home in an impressive time of 1hr 2min 25sec. Matt managed to clinch first place after Dean Scoffins was unceremoniously disqualified, but the less said about that the better.
Matt’s target was one hour but he was happy with his finish time, commenting that it was great to see so many old and new members taking part. Matt’s speedy time also made him third in his age category.
Second home was club chairman Chris Pugh (1:04:47) followed by Dale Kitchen (1:05:13) and Paul Scott just one second behind. Next were Joe Hayes (1:06:21) and Manish Hiran (1:06:22).
First lady home was Claire Grieves in an excellent 1:08:33. This made Claire club champion, and also second in her age category.
Claire was followed by Paul Smith (1:09:38), Laura Kettle (1:11:48), Sean Hudson (1:12:56), Mark Awcock (1:13:18), Des Friel (1:15:40), Simon Quanborough (1:16:34), Dan Bland (1:16:41), Elizabeth Daniels (1:16:59), Penny Hodges (1:18:46), Debbie Carleton (1:18:55), Wayne Goodge (1:19:27) and Tom Dean (1:22:56).
Luke Turner followed in 1:27:05, a little dejected after he ran an extra lap on the run, meaning his time was not quite as quick as he would have liked. Claire Giles was next (1:33:22), then Scott Temprell (1:42:34) and Mary Mason (1:46:50).
Phill Barnes was competing in the Super Sprint distance and came home in 1:16:29.
Lisa Udall competed in the Aquabike and won first place in an impressive 49:43. She was followed by Jill Henderson in 52:39.
It was really excellent to see such an excellent club turnout at its home event, even in some rather miserable weather. There were old members and new members competing together, with many completing their first ever triathlon, a remarkable achievement.
Slightly further afield, a handful of members took on the challenge of the Manchester Marathon on Sunday, with a race report kindly being provided by Mark Angeloni.
Conditions were absolutely perfect and some amazing results followed.
First Beaver over the line, smashing his personal best by nearly an hour, was Nick Conboy with a time of 3:20:58, followed by Mark Wilson in 3:34:20. Next in was Mark Angeloni, beating his personal best by more than 16 minutes in a time of 3:37:32.
The next two to come in were the Beaver Ultra woman Sophie Davies 3:49:32 and marathon debutant Chris Masters 3:49:43. Next was Edward Snowden with his great time of 4:24:40 and finally Luan Hutchinson in 5:56:53.
Meanwhile in sunny Bournemouth, Sophie Hunt, Karl Hunt and Martin Jolly made a last minute entry into the Bournemouth Bay 5k.
Karl commented: “Conditions were perfect for the pan flat, out and back route along Bournemouth Promenade, with all three athletes finishing together in a respectable 23:09.”