PETER Brook led Chester’s charge as 1,400 competitors descended on baking-hot Nantwich for the Cheshire Triathlon on Sunday.
Roared on by more than 3,000 sun-kissed spectators, Brook completed a cooling 500m swim, a demanding 20km cycle and a lung-busting 5k run to come home sixth in the men’s sprint race in one hour, one minute and five seconds.
He was followed by fellow Chester Triathlon Club members Ben Birks (1.03:54), Julian Evitts (1.14:46), Mick Flaherty (1.17:26), Dylan Jones (1.21:07) and Peter Williamson (1.21:16 PB).
Bree Sutcliffe was the club’s fastest finisher in the women’s sprint race in 10th in 1.13:36 while Caroline Frank was third in her age category in 1.23:41. Chester’s female contingent was completed by Anna Pope (1.24:43), Clare McEnery (1.29:03) and Gill Clingham (1.50:08).
Five Chester Triathlon Club members could be pleased with the performances they produced at the Ironman Lanzarote on Saturday.
After a 3.8m swim in which he knocked 25 minutes off his previous best, a 180km bike ride and a marathon run in strong sunshine, Martin Wilcock came home in 11.15:58 for a creditable 67th place in the men’s 35-39 age range.
Mark Worrall was not far behind in 12.43:53, meaning he finished fifth in the M50-54, followed by his wife Linda, the fourth-fastest F50-54 in 14.04:09.
John Peaker was hot on Linda’s heels in 14.05:58 after fellow debutant Ruth Isaacs passed the post in 12.52:50 for second place in the F45-49 age group.
Over in the cooler conditions of Austria, Chester’s Tony Fisher was taking on the challenge on the double Ironman race in Neulengbach.
Heavy rain meant the swimming event had to be cancelled and, as a result, competitors were faced with a duathlon of a one-mile run, a 224-mile bike and then a 52-mile run.
Fisher coped admirably with the last-minute alteration to finish a superb 10th overall and second in the M50 age category in 24.38:24.33.