Nik Langdon-Ward at The Wall 70-mile ultra marathon

Triathlon turned into run, bike, run race after swim cancelled

Torbay Weekly

After a stunning week of record temperatures, it all came to a rather abrupt end with the West Bay Triathlon having its swim cancelled due to adverse weather conditions - Torbay Tri Club news with Jon Pressling.

Triathletes are made of tough stuff, though, and this merely meant the event being turned into a run, bike, run race.

Despite ‘stacking’ (his words) it on the bike, Chris Martin kept going to finish in just over three hours.

Paul and Karen Frissen at the Dragon Ride Gran Fondo
Paul and Karen Frissen at the Dragon Ride Gran Fondo

The Dartmoor Classic, one of the most popular open-road sportives in the UK, attracted a number of Torbay Tri cyclists to its famed ranks on Sunday.

Departing and returning to Newton Abbot Racecourse, riders chose between three distances with routes taking them across Dartmoor and including a fair few hills to ascent and enjoy cruising down.

Sarah Luxton, Danny Davis, Simon Loten, Jo Loten Andrew Chapell and Helen Chapell completed the tough 68-mile Medio distance taking them up to Princetown and received gold and silver medals for their efforts while Mark Maslin took part in the 38-mile Piccolo.

Usually found behind the camera, this weekend it was Nik Langdon-Ward’s turn to focus on his own racing action as he headed north to face The Wall – 70 stunning miles run through historic Hadrian’s Wall country, starting in Carlisle and finishing in Newcastle.

Simon Loten, Jo Loten and Danny Davis showing off their medals at the Dartmoor Classic
Simon Loten, Jo Loten and Danny Davis showing off their medals at the Dartmoor Classic

Nik put in a fantastic effort to complete the ultramarathon in a time of 16:24:14.

Karen and Paul Frissen slayed the Dragon Ride Gran Fondo as they completed their longest and most brutal ride to date – 134 miles battling wind and tough climbs, Team Frissen reached the finish in just under 13 hours in the saddle.

Also crossing the Welsh border, Darren and Amanda Francis laced up their running shoes and took to the street for the Swansea Half Marathon.

The duo produced fantastic times with Darren stopping the clock at 1:22:31 for second in his AG, just seconds behind first, and Amanda bringing all her training together for a fine 2:02:36.

Much closer to home and Jamie Kingston continued his running comeback at the Plymouth 10k with a time of 48.03.

As an alternative to the traditional triathlon format, Dan Hallam participated in the Three Peaks Yacht Race that replaced the swim with sailing and competitors chose how to split the land challenges between them.

Winds of 60 knots caused havoc with the sailing but not before Dan completed a bike and run leg, with a 75-mile ride to Okehampton to follow the next day.