On what can only be described as a cold, wet and very windy Sunday morning, 5 members of the CWTC participated in the Portsmouth Coastal ½ Marathon in aid of the RNLI. The race started at 10am along the sea front with only a force 10 gale northerly wind to contend with, however worse was in store as we hit the muddy beaches and shingle paths (where we spent more time sinking into what felt like quick sand and having to drag our feet out of) before getting back on to the sea front for a flat 5 miles run in. This part of the race had the demoralising fact that at the 10 mile point we had to run past the finish line for a further 1½ miles before turning round and heading back to what was a real test of character on the final run in, where the wind was at its strongest and against us all the way. Dan Bailey had an excellent run and finished top dog as can be seen in the club position table below:
|Jo Donlan (Mary Campbell on web)
All in all there were 775 participants, so all club members did commendable times, well done all.
A full list of results can be viewed on the below web link.
This years Chichester Triathlon can now be entered. On Saturday 16th there will be the Junior Aquathon, starting at 1pm.
On Sunday 17th the first wave of the Olympic distance race will start at 7am. The Try-a-Tri first wave will start at 10am.
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5 Go Mad in Dorset…
The Pillans family headed for the scenic countryside of Dorset on the 16th January to compete in the ‘Rempstone Roast’ off-road Duathlon…
Armed with 5 mountain bikes and plenty of warm clothing, we headed down to Corfe Castle in our trusty motor home. Crossing the Sandbanks chain ferry in high winds certainly added to the excitement of the weekend!! The race HQ was at a campsite between Corfe and Swanage (which seemed in the middle of nowhere when we arrived late on Saturday night – only the owls and foxes to keep us company). When the sun (well, daylight) emerged on Sunday morning we soon realized this was going to be a muddy experience. It had been raining heavily for the last few days and there were still plenty of deep puddles and brown sticky stuff (mud of course!) to keep us on our toes.
The adults race set off first – 50 competitors in total. The course consisted of a nice 2 mile run to warm us up, and then a 10 mile mountain bike followed by the same 2 mile run. Mike and I had a good first run and we were both well positioned for the bike ride, which consisted of 2 laps of mud, puddles, cinder trails, sand and more mud.. The course wasn’t too technical (which I liked and Mike moaned about!) and we both completed the course in good time. The last run leg was tough at first but our legs soon recovered and before we knew it, the race was over. Mike finished a very respectable 7th place in the men’s category, and I finished 2nd Lady.
The junior race was next, and Jake, Sam and Abbie were all competing. We were also joined by Sam Pink (a fellow junior club member) and his older brother Harry. The junior course was set around 2 very muddy, wet fields – a tough course for anyone to undertake. The juniors all set off together with great enthusiasm. They soon settled into their stride and there were some great battles for places during the course. CWTC did fantastically well with each athlete putting in 110% effort (Aidy & Rob would have been very proud!). Jake finished in 2nd place, Sam in 4th, Abbie was 1st girl (2nd overall) in her age group, Sam Pink 1st and Harry 6th.
Overall, we had a fantastic weekend – this is a great event for anyone who enjoys off-road racing (and you don’t need to be an expert mountain biker). We are planning to compete in the final race of this series which is on the 20th Feb, same venue but longer course – 4 mile run, 15 mile mountain bike, 1.5 mile run. If you would like to join us, you can enter online at www.resultstriathlon.co.uk. Click on ‘Events’ and following the link for ‘Rempstone Roast’.
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