MEMBERS of Chester Triathlon Club made the most of the good weather and put their mark on a number of local and national events.
At the inaugural Eirias Middle distance triathlon in Colwyn Bay, Chris Standidge was second overall in five hours, 31 minutes and 29 seconds. Clubmate Aaron Riley was 16th in 6.20:39, pursued by Steve Walker in 18th, who won the 45-59 age group in 6:25:12.
They were followed by Darryl Pyper (6.33:38), Colin Minshull (6.50:06), Graham Shaw (7:21:39), Alan Cronin (7.28:31), Steve Richards (7.55:37), Anna Pope (8.39:59), and Sally Napthen (9.18:56).
At Marbury Park in Northwich, a number of Chester Tri competitors enjoyed success at both Olympic and sprint distances.
Sophia Rees won the women’s standard distance race, with age group success for Becky Holland.
There was a Chester Tri 1-2-3 in the 40-49 category for Paul Roberts, Kenny Begley and John Bellamy.
In the sprint, Andrew Howarth and Alex Hall were age group winners and also made the top 10, while in the women’s race, Kerry Ratcliffe, Sue Ellis and Jo Harding won their age groups with Fiona Laird and Tanya Southern second.
In Lincolnshire, Jean Ashley won the female veterans’ title at the Brigg Bomber National and European Quadrathlon Championships (1,500km swim, 10km kayak, 40km bike, 10km run).
She turned recent experience of swimming in chilly temperatures to her advantage, storming ahead of her European competitors to finish in three hours and 15 minutes.
At the 3k National Open Water Championships in Rother Valley, Dan Craigen was second in his age group and fourth overall. Club-mate Les Church won his age group, and Iain Murray was third in his.
At the Cross Mersey Aquathlon, Kenny Begley was second and Ciara Murphy was third woman, with Gary Munsey second fastest in the swim-only section.