It may not have been a great weekend for the Brownlee brothers, who were held off the podium at Yokohama on Saturday, but it was definitely a great weekend for Cornish triathletes.
At Eton Dorney on Saturday, Neil Eddy won the BTF Sprint Triathlon Championships with a time of 59:22, averaging over 40kph on the bike stage, and a very handy 16:52 over the 5k run! Fifth overall (and second in the 30-34 age cat.) was Dave Bartlett, just ahead of Mike Birchmore, who finished sixth (and second in the 20-24 age cat.) In the ladies race, Alice Nicholas took fifth overall in 1:08:19, making it a great outing for our local triathletes!
Closer to home, 197 children completed Bodmin Mini Tri on Saturday, an increase in the numbers from Liskeard, and geting close to the number of participants in the adults racing the following day! A great start to the mini-series, and a good indication that triathlon in Cornwall has a bright future.
Prizegiving at Bodmin Mini Tri
Not content with winning at Eton Dorney, Neil Eddy returned to compete in the Bodmin Sprint Triathlon yesterday, just edging out Dave Bartlett again to win in 01:01:26. Jonas Gummesson (Newquay) completed the Triathlon in the mens race. In the ladies race, Alicia Livingstone took the win in 01:18:51, with Debbie Starkey second (01:20:03) and Lisa Crawford third (01:20:20).
There was a dramatic finish to the Half Marathon yesterday, as Jez Mancer (St Austell RC) and Craig Webster (Newquay RR) couldn’t be separated after 13.1 miles of tough trail running. After a sprint finish, both runners crossed the line together in 1:29:52! Tom Howell came third just over a minute behind in 1:31:02. In the ladies race, as we predicted in our preview, Kathryn Burgess (CAC) improved on last year’s runner-up spot to take the win in 1:38:32, with Revis Crowle (East Cornwall Harriers) taking second, and Mhairi Saville (Tri-Logic) in third.
In the marathon, Noel Kindon (CAC) also improved on last year’s runner-up spot to win the race by almost 20 minutes, finishing well ahead of Phil Montgomery-Smith (St Austell RC) and Lance Mason (Teignbridge Trotters).
In the ladies race, Wendy Chapman (Truro RC) was the first of just three ladies to finish under four hours on the tough route, in 3:50:17. Di Roy (Mud Crew) and Jessica Buscombe (St Austell RC) took the other podium spots, with Jessica just making it under the four hour mark in 3:59:57!
At the mass start, Noel Kindon looks comfortable leading out the half marathoners, despite having twice as far to run himself…
Noel Kindon approaching the marathon finish. Images courtesy of St Austell Running Club and (c) Terry Wyatt – many thanks!
Duchy Athletic Network (DAN) 5k series and 5k County Champs – Wednesday 28th May [see flyer here] Three ‘graded’ races at Carn Brea track, Camborne, to include the County 5k Championship. Entries accepted on the night, or contact your running club — don’t miss this chance to test yourself on a fast flat 5k!
Helston Triathlon – Sunday 1st June [info] Closing date for entries is Thursday 22 May at midnight (this is a slightly earlier date to the bank holiday).
Cubert 5 – Tuesday 3rd June. [info] One of the fastest races on the GP calendar, with up to 700 taking part — will you be there, and will anyone go under 25:00 (Peter Le Grice came close in 2012)?
Classic Quarter – Saturday 7th June. [info] With the relay event now full, and only a few spots available for the solo and duo races available, this year’s Classic Quarter looks to be an exciting race. With last year’s solo winner Gary Richards competing in the duo event this year, the field is open in the solo — will Pete Roper or Stu Mills return to reclaim their 2011/2012 titles, or will another local runner step up? Last year’s ladies winner Sarah Burns-Morwood is having a great season; will we see the first solo repeat win, or will 2012 winner Izzy Wykes give her a run for her money?
Bodmin Triathlon (web)
Imerys Half (.xls, hosted at Cornwall AC)
Imerys Marathon (.xls – Facebook download)