Feb 16 2012 Chester Chronicle
MEMBERS of Chester Triathlon Club showed they are made of strong stuff by turning in a series of excellent performances despite the recent cold snap.
The club’s seniors took on the muddy, hilly – and slightly snowy – run-bike-run race at the Fearless Mountain Bike Duathlon in Llandegla.
Chester Tri’s fastest finisher was Andy Howarth, who was seventh in one hour, 40 minutes and 21 seconds.
Clubmate Simon Oliver was not far behind in 14th (1.45:07), followed by Simon Greenwood in 21st (1.49:50).
Dave Husband (1.55:10) Nick Eastwood (2.10:55), Kevin Dandy (2.19:16) and Dave Bottoms (2.41:02) completed the Chester Tri men’s team, while for the women Claire Sutcliffe finished as the fifth female in 2.12:02 despite the fact her bike chain snapped mid-race, meaning she had to finish that section on foot.
The Chester club’s juniors competed at the Wirral Aquathlon in equally bracing conditions.
The event, staged at the Bebington Oval, requires competitors to complete a run straight after a swim.
There was a strong Chester Tri contingent in the Youth Boys race, with Zach Holland the fastest of the bunch in third place overall, followed by Liam Southall, Jacob Bentley, Matthew Sinclair, George Tomlinson and Alyd Morgan.
In T2 boys section, Joshua McClaughlin headed up an equally strong Chester team consisting also of Max Holland, Benedict McKay, William Everard, Jack Wright and Louis Realff.
Amelia Standing was the only Chester Tri girl to race and finished fourth in T3 girls class.