Gardner and Croxson lead victories in May

Written by BTS Admin

June 4, 2014

Having already reported on one BTS linked success here in May, here are a mass of other events and results that took place in what was a busy and successful month.

Sam Gardner (pictured) and Louise Croxson probably bring the biggest results of the month, with an Xterra Pro Win and World Age Group qualifier victory, but we will go back to the beginning……

Hart Triathlon once again represented the first race of the year for a number of members. Held at Hart Leisure Centre over the SuperSprint distance of 400m(pool)/20km/5km. An especially strong swim time set up Luke Muir for the fastest BTS time of the day, but even he was outdone by Age Group with a fine 4th for Steve Fuller and ANOTHER age group win for Julia Hodkinson

Name Category Cat. Pos’n Swim T1 Bike T2 Run Total
Luke Muir M35 7 05:40 00:48 35:32 00:16 23:11 01:05:29
Colin Surgeon M45 10 06:58 00:32 35:13 00:28 24:05 01:07:28
Steve Fuller M50 4 07:54 01:21 34:36 00:52 23:44 01:08:29
Julia Hodkinson F55 1 07:28 00:47 36:46 00:48 26:30 01:12:06
Kevin Spence M35 34 07:55 02:09 43:00 01:00 28:20 01:22:35


alex tAlmost certainly BTS’ youngest member (with split allegiance to Evo), Alex Titley was a winner at the Hillingdon Grassman tri over 150m/2km/1km distances.

Alex won the 8-10 Age Group with strong performances in all 3 disciplines. He was the only competitor under 9 mins for the offroad 2km bike and one of only 4 under 4 mins for the swim. For a total time of 19:23 – Watch out Dad! 🙂

Full Results here





One of the first to brave a lake swim race this year was Ian Lee-Emery, who took on a 750/20/5 Sprint at Thorpe Park. Finishing 12th overall and 4th in 40-49AG with splits of 12.02, 33.45 and 21.26 for an overall time of 1:09:27  Results

Next up, Paul Fitzpatrick headed to Dorney for the  Fix Events Supersprint (400/20/5) as a warm-up to the month of qualifying events (below). 3rd overall, and 1st place Vet was the result, with splits of 6.11/33.48/19.15 for an overall time just over the hour at 1:00:44. Paul was given the trophy for crossing the line first, even though two men in a later wave went faster…..he still has it though! – Results

More Dorney action, this time for Jason Roberts the week after at Eton Supersprints, always a well attended season opener. Splits of 11.58, 36.11 and 20.12 over the Sprint distance were good enough for 20th in AG with a total time of 1:11:05. Results

A quick diversion away from Tri to Aquathlon, with Kevin Spence  taking part in the Richard Stannard run OWS Aquathlon (750m/5km) at a very wet Little Marlow  – Times were 18.49 and 25.37. Results

On the same date, back to Eton yet again for the Garmin Eton SuperSprint (how many of these can they do!) – Colin Surgeon, Andy Yiannouzis and Janice Caldwell represented BTS well in 3 different categories – Full Results

Name Cat Cat Pos Total Swim T1 Bike T2 Run
Colin Surgeon (M) 45-49 5th 01:08:31 07:00 01:10 36:40 01:01 22:40
Andy Yiannouzis (M) 35-39 34th 01:15:32 09:37 02:13 42:00 01:49 19:53
Janice Caldwell (F) 40-44 5th 01:28:41 06:20 01:34 47:43 02:30 30:34

First of the two big results of May, with lifetime member and Pro Sam Gardner flying off on another Far East adventure with family in tow, this time to take part in both Xterra Malaysia (3rd May) and then Xterra Mauritius (24th May). No doubt enjoying better weather to race in than the UK and after a solid 5th in the first event, Sam went on to take victory in Mauritius. More from Sam on his adventures soon.   Results : Xterra Mauritius, Xterra Malaysia

louise cAnother victorious member in May was Louise Croxson. Bidding to represent GB at the World Champs in Canada in August, Louise headed off to the first of this year’s qualifying races in Shropshire. The process for qualifying can be complicated, with various pre-qualification and roll down places available, but at Shropshire, as long as you finish in the first 4 in your Age Group, you are in. Louise made sure with a comfortable AG win of over 4 minutes and 3rd placed woman overall. Split times for the Olympic distance were 21:19, 1:09:52, 41:43 for a total time of 2:14:43. Check out Louise’s blog for more details on the event.  Results





Finally this month, and talking of vaguely complicated qualifying processes, Paul Fitzpatrick was at Holme Pierpoint Rowing Centre in Nottingham on the 30th May looking to join Louise in Canada, over the Sprint distance. A 10th place finish in AG, less than 2 minutes behind the winner (and 5th of those looking to qualify) means that although he was not in the first 4 guaranteed slots, he is currently leading the ‘roll-down’ rankings with a time of 1:02:10. Paul won’t know for sure until the end of June, but it is 99.9% likely that he has qualified.  Results







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