Hope you’ve all had a great July.
If June was all about the crazy heat we’ve been having, then July must go down as one of the wettest on record. To be honest I’ve given up looking at the awful weather forecasts. The only guarantee is that we will get torrential rain, a bit of sun, wind, humidity and everything else on most days now!
It’s been a frustrating month to say the least and some got hit much harder than others whilst out there racing. Unfortunately, Andrew Reardon came off his bike and fractured his scapula at Swansea 70.3. Conditions on the day were horrendous with many more coming off their bikes. I’m hugely pleased to say that Andrew has bounced back amazingly quickly and is already on the turbo and running again. Wishing you a speedy recovery tough guy.
Huge congrats to all for some terrific performances in what proved to be some very challenging conditions.
The Northumbrian (Middle distance)
- Andy Rogerson
- Splits: swim 27:16 / bike 2:54:39/ run 1:33:10
- Total Time: 4:58:42
- 3rd in 30-39 category / 4th male overall
- Next up: The Brutal Triathlon, Llanberis
After 3 years away from triathlon with no swimming or biking, just ‘ultra-running’ to keep him busy what a glorious return this proved to be. This was on one of the toughest middle courses out there that had 1365m of climbing on the bike and 476m on the run. Outstanding work Andy, the perfect start to an exciting journey ahead.
National 50mile Time trial championships
- Steve Phillips
- Total Time: 2:08:21
- 45-49 category
- Next up: Middle distance champs – Holkham
National middle-distance champs – Holkham
- Steve Phillips
- Splits: swim 35:31/ bike 2:32:36 / run 1:31:20
- Total Time: 4:38:01
- 10th in 45-49 age category
- Next up: 70.3 World Championships Lahti, Finland
Sometimes you must explore outside of your sport to turn into weaknesses into strengths and that’s exactly Steve has done this year. The national 50-mile time trial champs providing the perfect testing ground to produce his best paced time trial of the year. This was then followed up by a strong top 10 finish at the National Middle-distance Champs only a week later. Two solid performances that will take him forwards to the big one in Finland next month.
Triathlon World Champs – Hamburg (Sprint)
- Toby Dean
- Splits: swim 11:31 / bike 30:33 / run 20:44
- Total Time: 1:09:07
- 50-54 category
- Next up: Bournemouth Sprint Triathlon
- Adam Cook
- Splits: swim 14:17 / bike 33:49/ run 23:03
- Total Time: 1:20:27
- 35-39 category
Huge congrats to both Toby & Adam who competed for the very first time for Team GB at the ITU triathlon sprint World Championships in Hamburg. Both suffered with bad injuries in the build-up but were able to make miraculous recoveries to both be on the start line and to race so well. Terrific work gentleman, you hung on in there and got the just reward. I hope it’s the first of many.
- David Magyar
- Splits: swim 38:03 / bike 3:38:28/ run 1:42:39
- Total Time: 6:12:51
- 6th in 60-64 category
- Next up: TBA
Some people get the heat, others get the wind and rain! Wales never fails to deliver on the weather front, and it certainly lived up to its reputation on race day. In what can only be described as treacherous conditions David managed to produce the fastest age group run of the day, he also managed to get a little lost and take a detour off the bike course which cost him 13mins! Great work as ever DM.
Dorney Sprint Triathlon
- Jeremy Cole
- Total Time: 1:14:40
- 1st in age 60-64category
Castle Howard Olympic Triathlon (ETU qualifier)
- Jeremy Cole
- Splits: swim 35:00 / bike cancelled / Run 57:00
- Total Time: 1:35:00
- 3rd in age 60-64category
A huge joy to see our very own bionic man back out there racing and hitting the podium once again! Two performances to be proud of JC for so many reasons (especially getting through the assault course at Castle Howard!). Huge congratulations on qualifying to race at the European Championships yet again, you never cease to amaze me.
Hokey Cokey swim-run (Roseland)
- Anna John & Jo Turner
- Total Time: 6:50:35
- 3rd placed ladies
- Next up: Cannes swim-run
- Simon Evans & Richard Nelson
- Total Time: 7:00:45
So awesome to see these guys & gals out there having fun in the wilds of Cornwall. These swim-run events seem to find the most amazing locations for athletes to test their metal and this one didn’t disappoint. Total swim distance was 8km & 25m of running with over 900m of climbing. Big respect to the ladies for hitting the podium!
Greensand’s 50k Ultramarathon run
- Kendra Marsh
- Total Time: 5:40
- 1st lady
On a brutally hot day I’m sure many of us would list running an 50k Ultramarathon as one of the last things we would want to do. Kendra not only ran it, but she only went and won it as well! What a performance in what can only be described as the toughest of conditions in only her 2nd ultra-distance run.
Some of my fave things this month…
Netflix does it again with an extraordinary docu-film about one of the world’s best female free divers. But it’s so much more than that. Don’t want to give anything away other than to say I think this is one of their best films since ‘Free Solo’. Take a deep breath and dive in, you won’t be disappointed.
One for the ultra-distance athletes out there. A fascinating insight into one of the world’s toughest self-supported bike races. The film focusses on the athletes who take part in this 4000km bike race across Europe. Beautifully shot and pure escapism for the biking purists out there looking to get away from everyday life.
Dubbed the female ‘race of the century’, McIntosh versus Titmus versus Ledecky. The top 3 female swimmers in the world over 400m finally go head-to-head. It was always going to take a new world record to separate them.
Excellent read: Article on ‘Strength training for triathletes’ by my physio Nathan Carter.
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