Sunday the 6th Jan of January saw the first of four aquathlons put on by Tewkesbury Tri Club for the 2013 series. The races consist of 20 lengths of a 20metre pool (400ms) then into transition for a 5k off road run. For some reason Ray Williams was the only Dursley Running Club Triathlete to brave the waters of both the pool and the fields, no doubt Jerry and Fred where up at the lakes lake getting some secret training in!

Ray started with a steady swim coming in around 7.30, with his transition Williams started his run with a time of 7.56. The course used as part of the Gloucester League Cross Country League and was well under water at the bottom of the field, so super fast times were not on the cards. Despite the conditions Williams managed to keep a steady pace up under the conditions coming in a time of 22.25 with a total time 30.26 just under a minute faster than last yeasr outing. He was rewarded with  3rd position in the super vet category, 20th out of a total of 55 athletes who took part. Williams reported that it was a great race,  well organised with a very friendly atmosphere. Next race 3rd of Feb with a bit of luck someone might join Ray!

2012 Series

Race 4 22.04.2012 and Final Standings

Race 2           5th February 2012

Ray ventured out to Tewkesbury Tri Club's second aquathlon. He managed to improve overall with a 8.20 swim and T1 and a 21.43 5k total 30.03  18th out of a field of 43, nipping up two places with an improved run. Ray reported that it was very wet under foot(on the run) as all of the snow had melted before the 12,o'clock start,and still a bit cold after the 400mt swim, running in our wet tri suits.

Ray says that it's a "great event,....for all our triathletes, [and] 2 races left in the series, 11th March & 22nd April"

Race 1          8th January 2012

Ray Williams, showing great enthusiasm after a long lay off, was the first Dursley Triathlete to dip his toe in the water in 2012. Taking part in the 1st race of a 4 race aquathlon series run by Tewkesbury Triathlon Club, that is hosted at Tewkesbury School. Competitors swam 20 lengths of the 20 metre pool and ran 3 laps around the schools fields, equaling a 5k run. In a small field of 37 Ray finished 20th with a 8:19 min swim and 23 min run, totaling 31.19mins.

Ray Williams represented Dursley Running Club at the Tewkesbury Aquathon and achieved a pb by some two and a half minutes, completing the 200 meter swim in 06:15 taking a further 21:31 for the transition and run, giving him a total time of 27: 46. It was the last race of the 4 race series and Williams came 4th in his age group in each race, ending up 3rd super vet in the overall standings.