With autumn truly hitting Torbay’s shores for the first weekend in October, the weather might have tempted even the hardiest triathlete into hiding.
Instead, Torbay Triathlon club celebrated some glorious results in a whole array of events, close to home and further afield.
The weekend’s London Marathon showed the calibre of the longer-distance club runners and the club’s coaching support, with 11 taking in the London sights on their iconic journey around the capital and many more choosing to take to the Devon hills for their virtual challenge, luckily finding the occasional blue-sky moment.
Donald Brooks’ lightning speed saw him flying round in 2:29:03 - the man has wings! - with other seriously impressive times, including Darren Francis 3:04:56, Julian Smith 2:56: 27, Ian Tyson 2:50:28 and Nik Langdon-Ward staying local with a 4:00 time, plus a cheeky little 13 seconds!
A trio of husband and wife teams will now have to consider alternative breakfast table conversations.
Team #LoHutts, as they are affectionately known, Simon and Jo Loten (3:58:27 and 3:29:19) with Tom and Katie Hutton (3:10:43 and 4:16:58) ran for the club and the Alzheimer’s Society, and Jason and Lizzie Hurford juggled training with looking after twins, celebrating with 2:46:55 and 5:19:14 finish times, and probably a very good night’s sleep!
Breaking away up in Salisbury, Laura Wakeham gave a half-marathon masterclass, winning her 20-29 age group in 1:28:25.
Further afield on the continent, the weather in Barcelona was in a very unkind mood, with crashing waves and wind putting paid to the hard work and dedication that some had put into their Ironman training.
Getting to any start line is impressive in itself; they will be back for a finish medal next year.
Their resilience enabled a quick turnaround to cheerleading duties for clubmate Nigel Fenn, storming through the wild conditions to claim his first full Ironman result, in 10:46:33.
A special medal is currently being crafted for the tri club’s Christmas party, no doubt, for the smiliest Ironman finisher!
Torbay Tri Club fosters an inclusive approach, welcoming members with a wide variety of goals, from working towards entering a 5km park run, attempting their first triathlon or endeavouring to tick off a longer distance event from their bucket list.
Autumn and winter can be a great time to kick start some good training habits for general fitness or for the following season’s events.
For more information on how to join the club, send a message via the club website: https://torbaytri.co.uk
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