Triathlon season off to fine start

Basingstoke Gazette: Jared Roberts, Dan Mason, Liz Mayon-White, Judit Leszkovich, and Nick Wall Jared Roberts, Dan Mason, Liz Mayon-White, Judit Leszkovich, and Nick Wall

Ten members from Andover Triathlon Club completed the A2C triathlon with some great performances.

A2C is a local event run by Try Tri, comprising of a 400m pool based swim in Andover Leisure Centre, a 21km cycle heading out of the town toward Hurstbourne Tarrant and finishing with a 5km run around Charlton Lakes.

With registration at 7am and cold temperatures, wind and rain it was not an ideal start for the first triathlon of the year, however spirits where high and first over the line for the club was Jeremy Burgess who finished in 12th overall and first in his age category.

Sian Ross was fifth female and second in her age catergory, followed by Jan Taplin who won her age category and Virginia Graham who was second in hers.

Kirsty Sherrif, Mike Donnelly and Sheela Putt were next through and for Kirsty and Sheela this was their first triathlon and for Mike it was his second, and all finished with a smile on their faces.

There was also a novice distance aimed at beginners which is half the distance of the sprint triathlon where Liz Stark and Andrea Dashwood both completed at their first attempt.

Lastly Chris Edwards completed in the Swycle event of a 400m pool swim and a 21km cycle following the same route as the triathlon.

Club spokesman Mike Donnelly said: “This was a great turn out from Andover Triathlon Club and supported well by fellow members and family.

While we endured some interesting conditions it was great to notch up the first triathlon of 2014, and it’s fantastic to see so many attempt their first triathlon”.

Five members kicked off their 2014 season and braved the elements to compete in the Cellecta Ringwood Triathlon at the Ringwood Leisure Centre.

The event consisted of a 600m pool swim and a 28 mile cycle around the rain sodden lanes of the New Forest having to contend with stray pigs and forest ponies and navigating slippery cattle grids and pot holes hidden under flooded roads which made for an exciting but very enjoyable ride.

Then back to transition to start the 10K run around the quiet lanes surrounding Ringwood.

Notable performances were a sub ten minute swim from Dan Mason, Liz Mayon-White was 15th female, both Jared Roberts and Judit Leszkovich completed the run in 46 minutes, with another good all round effort from the veteran Nick Wall.

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