Odd distance produces fast triathlon times
CHELTENHAM Triathlon Club were out in force at the Cotswold Water Park for the Lake Logic 3/4 triathlon.
This was an unusual distance rarely raced (1100m swim, 30k bike, 7k run), which gave the opportunity for some personal best times.
After a week of terrible weather the sun came out to greet the participants in this new race around the water parks and the lanes around Kemble.
Lake 62 is a clear, clean lake to swim in, the bike route is relatively flat and the run should not have been too much of a challenge but for the fact that all the rain had made it muddy and uneven, adding to the challenge of the day.
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Despite the difficult running conditions some good times were posted.
The first home from Cheltenham Tri Club and third overall was Kevin Ord who completed the course in one hour, 37 minutes, 14 seconds made up of swift times in the swim (16.12), the bike (50.80) and the run (26.21).
No one else from Cheltenham could match that, but Sally Freeman did well to finish 14th overall in 1:45.40, second female.
The women dominated, with Nikki Weatherley (1.48:53), Petra Vymetalova (1.49:21) and Michelle Weinstock (1:49.55) the next three Cheltenham finishers.
After the triathlon Petra Vymetalova took part in the novice duathlon that followed, which she completed in second place overall and first woman.
Other triathlon finishers from Cheltenham TC were: Graham Johnston (1:50.29) 24th overall; Julian Bullas (1:51.00) 25th; Diane Moore (1:52.34) 27th; Sarah Roberts (1:53.53) 29th; Chris Dry (1:57.06) 34th; Carol Clarke (2:00.07) 39th; Guy Douglass (2:05.09) 49th; Danielle Holden (2:06.44) 50th; Audrey Healey (2:13.12) 55th.
Anthony Lloyd, who had a fast swim in 17.08 and was looking good for a top-ten finish, came off his bike, breaking his shoulder and suffering cuts and bruises, so was unable to finish.