In 2017 Veteran Triathlete Andy Kilby completed the Lanzarote Volcano Tri in 03:10:19 placing 304th and 14th MV 60-64. 

                      Swim    T1        Bike                 T2        Run                  Overall

                       1500                40K                              10K

Andy Kilby     33:04   04:23   01:29:00          02:08   01:01:46          03:10:19



The last weekend of April saw the triathlon season start in earnest for Dursley Running Club. The international contingent of Mel and Ray Williams completed the Volcano Olympic Triathlon in Lanzarote,

a 1500m open water swim, 40k bike and 10k run. Ray reported that, as ever, it was very windy, and despite not being in the UK, there was rain! The men were first off – 380 starters meant quite lot of contact in Rays words it “turned out to be a right punch up.” The women were off some 10 mins later. The cycle involved a hilly climb out into a headwind then back with the benefit of the tail wind to start the two-lap 10k run. Both Williams were pleased with their times: Mel taking a huge 5 min off last year’s swim time and Ray managing a course PB “shaving over 1 min off last year.”









Ray Williams







Mel WIlliams








Ray’s volcanic warm up
Saturday 26 April saw Ray Williams completing the Volcano triathlon in Lanzarote, an Olympic distance event with a 1500m sea swim, 40k hilly cycle and a 10k run.

The race, which took place in the lagoon of Club La Santa, started with over 300 competitors lined up on the sand at 10 am for a mass start in the murky water of the lagoon. It was a bun fight from the start and it took Ray some 500 m to settle into his stroke, but he managed a 27.24 swim split. Transition involved a 100 m run up to the bike, which Ray made only to find his shoe had been moved and the lace lock had come loose (that's his excuse for the 4.22 time). Going out on the bike, there was a strong side wind for the first 10k, a tail wind for the next 10k, and then the return in the same wind to the La Santa transition. A much quicker change in T2 and out on to the run, which was a two out and back road run.



The race was a great training event for the up and coming Ironman on the 17 May and Ray was pleased with his overall time as, despite the troubles, he took 3 mins off his PB for this course, which was set some 6 years previously when he last did the Ironman on the island.

Ray came first in his age group, so the pressure is on for a PB later in May.


Results: Swim 27.24, T1 4.22, bike 1.21.16, T2 1.47, run 47.47. Total 2.42.35 (1st V55)