Members of Torbay Tri Club at the start of the Torbay Half Marathon and 10k.

No shortage of action as Torbay Tri Club welcomes 200th member

Torbay Weekly

In a week where Torbay Tri Club welcomed its 200th member, there was no shortage of action across the country as the club colours were proudly sported at various races.

Donald Brooks, Gary Burman and Ian Dabbs flew the tri club flag at the British Sprint Distance Triathlon Championships in Cardiff.

With the race also acting as a AG World Championship qualifier, there was even more on the line for the trio.

Adding to his illustrious triathlon CV, Donald took his AG title and joint first place overall while Gary finished a strong seventh place in his AG and was even leading on the bike.

Anything but a summer day at the beach, Frank Reay and Helen Mackie headed to the north coast for Bude’s Shoreline Triathlon.

Frank Reay and Helen Mackie both claimed podium spots at the Bude Shoreline Triathlon
Frank Reay and Helen Mackie both claimed podium spots at the Bude Shoreline Triathlon

Comprising of a ‘wild roller coaster’ 500m-sea swim, 11-mile coastal bike run and three-mile run, the duo both claimed impressive AG podium positions, with Helen celebrating an amazing comeback from a few years of injury taking second spot AG (1.21.53) and Frank claiming third in his AG (1.14.10).

Runners from the club put in some blistering performances at the rather blustery and undulating Torbay Half Marathon and 10K.

Using their local knowledge to best advantage, runners headed out from Paignton and faced the full force of the wind heading back from Torquay each lap.

Leading home the club in the half marathon was Ian Tyson who claimed first AG and fifth overall while Dave Brown went one better with first AG and fourth overall in the 10k and Laura Wakeman ran her way to first female place.

Half marathon – Ian Tyson 1.18.35, Jon Pressling 1.27.42, Holly-Mei Jones 1.35.19 (2nd AG), Naomi Flanigan 1.35.58, Simon Mills 1.36.30, Jason Hurford 1.37.39, Danny Davis 1.41.44, Bobby Singh 2.01.05, Paul Mulley 2.15.12

10k – Dave Brown 36.40, Laura Wakeham 42.02, Neil Downer 46.24, Howie Bruger 54.30, Laura Holderness 55.32, Rob Pressling 55.46 (3rd AG), Lewis Cholerton 56.36, Linda Parsons 60.06, Jo Coish 63.05

A special day that neither will forget, although their legs may beg to differ, Heather and Steve Maddock completed the non-stop double marathon Race to the Tower. Running across pretty much every hill to be found in the Cotswolds, including a mile ascent finish to the tower itself, the pair arrived at the finish line just under 19 hours after starting the previous morning.

Lured by sunshine and warm(ish) waters, around 40 members took part in the club’s ‘Splash n Dash’ at Goodrington Sands.

For those taking on the aquathlon, the race started with a speedy 750m sea swim followed by a swift 5k run, with Lee Turner and Cassandra Harrison taking top places.

Those not running took on a longer swim and then cheered on their team-mates. All were rewarded with copious amounts of cake at the finish!

Nigel Fenn, Shaun Collier and Steve Donnelly spent a long day in the saddle at the Nello charity bike ride.

The trio took on the 100-mile event while Rose Parkhouse completed the 55-mile distance.