Monday, 21 July 2014

Weekend update 22/7/14

Congratulations, as always, to all CFRT members out representing this weekend – another excellent orange and blue turn-out!

Off early at Newcastle Tri, our sprint and standard distance racers had the best conditions of the day – just about perfect race weather. The sprint was off first - both Micky Morris and Gav Richardson had excellent races, finishing in 11th and 14th position respectively (5th and 8th in age group). Good confidence-boosting result for Micky ahead of Outlaw next weekend! The standard distance racers set off not long after the sprinters, with Garry Walker finishing first of the CFRT athletes – 4th place overall in a very competitive field – followed by Jen Batey, scooping 4th lady O/A, and 3rd Senior. Next in was Rob Wright (12th in cat after a strong performance), followed by Georgia Campbell (5th O/A, 4th Senior). Angela Campbell maintained her tradition of getting on the podium, coming 3rd in cat, just ahead of Kris Heskett. Kris wins our luckiest athlete of the day award, picking up a new Orca wetsuit as part of VO2 Max event's excellent prize selection on the day!

Conditions were not so kind to our teammates racing in Richmond this Saturday at Cleveland Steelman. Sadly, a combination of poor conditions and a shredded back tyre put paid to Paul's day on the bike, while a pre-existing foot injury flared up for Linda on the run – wishing you better soon, and out on another race course! Mick Proud, Andrew Somerville and Mark Cullen all battled the elements to make it through this tough event; all completing in excellent times, but with extra congrats to Mick P on his 9th place O/A finish (including relays!). Coming in as 4th vet in such a strong overall position just goes to show how tough this age group is getting! Kerry Gowland also made an appearance at the Steelman in prep for next week's IM, putting in a fantastic bike performance as part of the 3rd placed relay team – congratulations, bodes very well for next week!

Out on 2 wheels this weekend, we had Wayne Cole taking part in the Wiggle Northern Angel Sportive – a 105km tour of Northumberland, completed in a time of 7:18:58, and achieving a Bronze award. Chris Barnard also put in a very impressive double C2C ride this weekend – 260 miles in 14.5 hours is some going!

Well done all, and thanks from all the athletes to the supporters who make every race a little brighter. Now looking forward to an upcoming big weekend of racing!