June was a massive month of racing for BTS, with this set of results not even including the day out for the club that was Windsor Triathlon 2017. With qualifiers and championships both home and abroad, as well as possibly the first time 2 different people have raced in France for BTS in the same month, it has been a busy one for many club members. Special congrats to both Louise Croxson (British Champion) and Richard File (Euro Middle Distance Champion). Read about all our multisport efforts below.
Bray Dunes (France) – 3rd – (750/24/5)
Kicking things off this month, Jean-Christophe Vangenot travelled back to France to take part in the Bray Dunes triathlon. This race is part of the French national federation qualifying races for the ETU/ITU Euro and World Champs for 2018, so JC will hopefully make the squad for the Gold Coast next September. Unsurprisingly, the event involved a sea swim and a fair amount of running on sand! Competing in the ‘MV2’ category (4044?), JC was 7th with 1:22:20 (13:37/42.04/21:18)
Cotswold 113 – 4th – (1.9/90/21)
David Hough took on the Cotswold Half Iron distance race which apparently manages to avoid most of the hills in that area over the course of a 2 lap bike course, followed by a multi-terrain run around the lake. Finishing 5th in the 55-59 AG, David clocked up a time of 5:02:07 (32:02/2:33:51/1:49:17)
Deva Olympic – 4th – (1.5/40/10)
As usual again this year, Chester Tri’s Deva event was a qualifier for ITU Age Group World races in Rotterdam 2017. Several BTS travelled up to give qualification a go. Unfortunately an incident with a drain cover put pay to Steve’s race at the start of the Bike section (and his bike!), with Louise following suit just a mile into her bike ride due to a handlebar tightness (or lack thereof) issue. Of those that made it around, Ross Muir brought home BTS by winning his AG (4549) to secure his place in Rotterdam. Paul and Chris both finished in 7th in their respective AGs.
ETU Euro Middle Distance Champs – 10th – (1.9/90/21)
Richard File continued to vanquish all competitors. Having already won the Euro middle distance Duathlon title this year in his AG, followed by a win at Sprint triathlon distance, Richard made it 3 in as many months by winning the ETU MD Tri for the 70-75 Age Group. This time at taking place at Challenge Herning in Denmark, Richard topped off a solid swim and great bike with a ‘very pleasing’ 1:59 half marathon that included running through the local library 4 times, complete with coffee shop. Richard won by 15 minutes in 5:44:30 (39:01/2:54:22/1:59:15)
Triathlon Du Salagou – 10th – (1.8/80/18)
Paul Mason, continuing his solo attempt at Anglo-French Triathlon relations, where he normally turns up to a local race and steals the win, took on the Triathlon Du Salagou Middle Distance event on a VERY hot day. A solid swim and bike and by his own admission a below par run brought 20th place in the MV3 category in an overall time of 5:45:46 (31:31/3:01:29/2:07:15)
Alcatraz Triathlon – 11th – (18 mile Bike, 8 mile Run)
Unfortunately for the first time in many many years, high winds causing issues for safety kayaks, led to the swim section of Alcatraz Triathlon having to be cancelled. Thankfully Leslie Kernaghan has been offered first refusal on places for the race next year, whilst also getting to at least complete the ride and run sections of the event Her 1:22:14 Bike and 1:30:05 Run was good enough for 5th place in the F6064 category, with an overall time of 2:54:47.
BTF Std Distance National Championships – 11th – (1.5/40/10)
Louise Croxson, having suffered a slight issue with a loose handlebar in Deva the week before can at least be glad it didn’t happen in Leeds at the British National AG Champs. Having won her age group in 2014 & 2015, Louise had to settle for 3rd in 2016. Not so in 2017! Going out hard from the beginning, Louise effectively led her AG from ‘gun to tape’ to reclaim her British Chammpionship title in 2:23:22 (23:46/1:09:50/42:56)
Marlow Classic – 25th – (1.5/39/10)
Having Escaped from Alcatraz, Lesley Kernaghan backed up her 5th place with the same result again, this time over the Marlow Classic Distance in the FVet category. Overall time was 3:05:31, with splits of 30:21/1:33:15/59:50
Marlow Sprint – 25th – (750/24.5/5)
On the same day as Lesley, Ellie Quarrington made one of her unfortunately rare tri appearances this year in the sprint event, finishing 2nd place woman in a time of 1:24:00 (21:34/50:48/23:19)
ETU Euro Sprint Champs – 25th – (750/20/5)
Finally in June, having spent the first part of the month chasing qualification for the World Champs in Rotterdam in September, Paul Fitzpatrick, Chris Dollimore and Andy Gajraj headed out to Dusseldorf in Germany for the 2017 ETU Euro Sprint Champs. Unfortunately there was no copying titles won by Louise and Richard in recent times, but some solid high place finishes and an especially speedy bike leg by Chris in damp conditions means that BTS was still well represented in higher parts of the results.