Triathlon: Tunbridge Wells trio on the podium at Bewl Water

RESERVOIR OF ENERGY: Richard Bysouth (left) and Grant Paling at the Bewl Triathlon

Triathlon: Tunbridge Wells trio on the podium at Bewl Water

9th August 2019

ALL three Tunbridge Wells Triathlon Club members who were competing in the Bewl Water Triathlon achieved podium places in their age categories.

Richard Bysouth (M40-44) and Grant Paling (M35-39) were taking part in the standard distance (1500m swim, 40km bike, 10km run) while Clare Roche (F60-64) took on the sprint distance (750m swim, 20km bike, 5km run).

The swim is in the Bewl reservoir and the bike course is a fast one on local roads, finishing with an undulating run within the Bewl estate.

Bysouth finished first M40-44 and 10th overall in 2hr 28 min. Paling and Roche were runners-up in their sections in 2:33 and 1:41 respectively.

Chris Nieuwoudt (M40-44) was competing in his second Ironman (3.8km swim, 180km bike, 42.2km run) of the season in Tallinn, Estonia.

Due to a low sea temperature of 11C the swim was moved to Lake Harku.

The two-lap bike course took in the capital city and the suburbs, and the marathon run consisted of four laps around the old town area.

Nieuwoudt completed the swim in 1:15, the bike leg in 5:26 and the run in 4:28 with an overall time of 11:22, 63rd out of 158 in his category.

Eight members of Tunbridge Wells Triathlon club travelled to Nottingham to compete in the 10th anniversary edition of the Outlaw Triathlon.

This flagship event attracted more than 1,000 entrants for the Ironman of a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and 26.2-mile marathon run.

The race starts with a two-lap swim of the boating lake where sighting was affected by torrential rain and choppy waters.

The organisers were forced to cancel the bike leg after persistent downpours resulted in flash flooding and fallen trees along the course.

So the race was officially shortened to a swim-run event with split times.

The run comprised of two out-and-back loops along the River Trent, past the Nottingham Forest football stadium and Trent Bridge cricket ground.

These loops were punctuated by 5km laps of the boating lake, where footpaths were waterlogged.

Ken McSporran was first home for the club, backing up an impressive 1:15 swim by setting a marathon personal best of 3:28.

Chris Dickinson was next to cross the line with a 1:41 swim and 4:06 run, followed shortly by Steve Lindsey, 1:53 and 3:58, Michael Thompson 1:32 and 4:27, and Francis Leary, 1:31 and 5:39.

The other club mates decided to end their race after the swim with Claire Howard recording 1:23, John Fuller 1:25 and Helen Waite 1:37.

Sam Gibbs completed the Olympic Plus distance at the AJ Bell London Triathlon, in which more than 10,000 athletes competed.

Gibbs completed the 1500m swim in 35min, 80km bike in 2:27 and 10km run in 53min to finish in 4:03, 13th in the M35 age group.

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