Another Thursday, another day of dodgy weather! However, for the third week in a row things brightened up in time for the Argo Re Summer Series Super Sprint to take place. There was a small turnout this week, with contributing factors being the poor weather outlook and the absence of numerous local athletes at the world championships in London.
I (Alan Gilbertson) hosted the event this week and was once again most grateful to Janet Harrison for acting as safety marshal. Janet, you’re a gem.
One of the many nice things about these races is seeing folks dip their toes in the waters of triathlon, and watching them improve over time. Tonight, two relative newcomers were first time winners – Otis Ingham and Lesley-Jane Smith (pictured, L and R–excuse the blurry pictures; it’s hard to take a photo while also trying to record the finish times!). We also had a first-time triathlete, Joseph Lau, who finished strongly in a very respectable time. Well done to all three!
Otis powered ahead of a small field thanks to his improving swim technique and strong biking skills. He did well to post a good time given the lack of close competition to push him. Lesley-Jane quickly asserted herself, being first out of the water. She then spent the race looking over her shoulder looking for the next female finisher, but needn’t have worried. Deborah Pharaoh-Williams was next and earned bragging rights over husband Howard Williams. Admittedly it helped that Howard retired with a flat tyre on the first bike lap! Laura Hope and Rebecca Harrison–both very capable young athletes–enjoyed a sociable chat during the bike and run; after all why get too hot and sticky during a race? (Rebecca, watch out: Mum Janet was less amused than me.) Tammy Ingham made a comeback from injury. She made the swim look–how shall I put this–like a stroll in the park. But Otis, you need to give Tammy a little confidence boost by coaching her on those cycle turns! Last but never least, Dave Hope showed that he has lost none of his pace due to his recent holiday.
200m swim/ 3 lap Bike/2 lap run
Howard WilliamsDNFFlat tyre on 1st bike lap
Dave Hope 29:39 200m swim/2 laps bike/2 laps run
Rebecca Harrison 31:38 No swim/3 laps bike/2 laps run