Tri-ing hard

Dursley’s Richard Pitt continues his triathlon season in strong form, but that qualifying place for the world and European champs (age group) remains just out of grasp. Both Rich’s recent tris have been qualifying events, so the standard of competition has been very high.

Jerry Fowler and Ray Williams to turned to yet another event together, this time the Tockington Tri on Sunday 29th Sept. However there is no holding hands for these two with Jerry setting his sights on achieving parity with Ray.  The event consisted of a 400 metre pool swim a 13 mile hilly bike course. The cycle travelled up onto the A38 and then back down to Tockington village with competitors completing the circuit twice, they then completed a 5k multi terrain run. Jerry was full of the fighting spirit ,after 6 race PB.s in a row he fancied his chances against the older and wiser(????) triathlete (surely wiser triathlete is an oxymoron). 


Jerry was in an early wave of swimmers and he had a good swim; Ray started his swim some 25 mins later. As a result they did not see each other until the run, high fiving as they passed, Jerry completing his 2nd and last lap with Ray just starting his first.


With the results printed off from the chip timing computer it showed the old boy still got it, but yet again with a 6.45 min PB Jerry gets 7 in a row with number 8 at the Stroud half now his new focus. Ray reports that it is a great event, good for first timers as well as the more experience triathletes. 



                     Swim.     T1.       Bike.       T2.           Run.         Total.  


Ray.               8.49       1.15    38.05       .58          21.15        1.10.25   7th.  v50+.   66th overall

Jerry.             9.05       1.09    41.02     1.04          23.37        1.16.00  16th  v50+.  134th overall


Thanks to Ray for the race report.

Richard Pitts was Dursley's representative at the Challenge Distance Westonbirt Tri (500m swim, 30K bike, 7.5K run. He had a good race finishing 12th overall in 1.36.01 (8.56 swim, 51.37 bike, 32.05 run), coming 4th in 40-49 age group.


Whilst others in the club were pounding roads in Half marathons this weekend, Richard Pitts was in London having managed to get a place in the open Sprint Triathlon Event at the Pruhealth ITU World Triathlon Series.

Richard started with a steady swim completing the 750 meter swim in around 01:46 per 100m, moving onto the bike Pitts then averaged around 21mph over the 14 mile course, he finished strongly with a sub 20 minute 5K run. He was rewarded for his efforts with 9th in the 45 plus age category and he was 82nd overall.Transitions look a bit tardy but guessing it's a big event and a lot of ground to cover before even considering change over. Super result.


                                     Place  Age Cat.         Swim   Trans 1       Bike     Trans 2     Run      Overall

                                                   Pos (45)      750m                    22.5km                 5Km

Richard Pitts                  82          9                13:22     03:17      39:35       03:42      19:43     01:19:37

Wednesday 4th September saw the last of the Castle Combe Duathlon Series.