At this time of year, some of our athletes are travelling far and wide to take part in qualifying events for the GB team. Report from Ian Atherton.
Six Alnwick Tri athletes today raced the World Champs qualifier, Deva Olympic distance tri in Chester. A brilliantly well organised event with registration open on Saturday and each of the 8 swim waves starting on time to the second.
This Roman city is a brilliant venue for triathlon. It has fine historic architecture and, from observing on the streets and listening until the wee hours, is much favoured by stag and hen parties. A bit like Newcastle, but there the similarity ends.
The river is clean, and was reasonably warm today at 17 degrees, the bike ride is undulating and fast with a skirmish into the Welsh Borders. The run crossed the river 6 times and was flat, largely across open pasture and river bank and totally traffic free.
There were over 1000 entrants with many cheering supporters lining the side of race, none more vocal than Geoff and Emma Givens daughters Erin and Chloe. Our names were on our race numbers so we were cheered by name the whole way round the run route by many very generous people.
Fastest home from Alnwick was Ed Hillier in 2:21:22 in a very strong group.
Heading for Rotterdam in 6th place was Vee in 2:23:42.
Denise Drummond came home in 9th place with a time of 2:36:38, Lisa Williams in 17th place in 2:40:32. Ian Ath in his first standard distance race finished in 2:47:43 and Geoff Givens in 2:58:36.
We missed Angie Doughty who had to pull out last week because of injury.