Members of the club have been competing in all sorts of events
from Channel Swims to Olympic Distance and full Ironman Triathlons,
abroad in Austria and France, and within the UK. The club also
staged its annual Triathalon Festival at Ardingly Reservoir over
the Bank Holiday weekend.
Bank Holiday weekend 27th - 31st August
Doug Mac Taggart competed in the Vichy Ironman at Vichy in
France completing the course in 12.41.29, whilst Andrew Biggs
participated in the Olympic Distance Triathlon at Chateau Chantilly
just outside Paris in a time of 2.53.19.This is part of the Castle
Triathlon series where triathlons are held at scenic castle
locations such as Hever and Cholmomdeley Castles, Castle Howard and
Chateau de Chantilly.
Charity Channel Swim
Phil Couch and David Shepherd set off to swim the English
Channel on the 31st August in calm and sunny conditions. At the
half way stage they were on course for a 10-12hour crossing,
however as they approached the French coast, the wind picked up and
the sea became very rough, and eventually they had to abandon their
swim challenge. David though obviously very disappointed said, "We
may not have made it the whole distance, but we gave everything
and, most importantly, everyone got back safely". Despite the
failure to complete the crossing, Phil was delighted to report that
he had raised over £1000 for their chosen charity Asthma UK.
Club Triathlon Festival at Ardingly Reservoir
This event attracted 37 club participants in either Olympic
Distance or Middle Distance events. In the Olympic Distance event
Neil Giles was first in 2.23.26 with Mike Jaffe second in 2.33.00.
Rachael Baker was first woman home in 2.44.20, with Emma Jaffe
second in 3.09.02. Gunter Eifler was first in the Middle Distance
event in 4.56.23, with Steve Alden second in 4.59.10. Laurie
Anderson was the first woman in 5.43.53 with Lisa Stephenson second
in 6.02.06.The profit of about £550 from the entry fees for the
event was donated to Chailey Heritage.
European Middle Distance Triathlon Championships at Walshee,
Kate McTear went to Walshsee in the Tirol to compete in the
European Middle Distance Championships, coming an excellent second
in her 20-24 age group with a highly commendable time of 4.59.41.
Kate was delighted that all the training hours had finally paid
River Dart 10km Swim
David Ricketts and Rob Southern swam in this extremely popular
event, with David finishing on 2.25.30 and Rob not far behind with
a time of 2.39.11.
10th September Vitruvian Middle Distance Triathlon at Rutland
Matt Critchley, Julienne Stuart-Colwill and Claire Hunt
travelled to Rutland Water for the Vitruvian Middle Distance
Triathlon with Matt finishing in 5.38.22, Julienne in 6.11.29 and
Claire in 7.32.47.
11th September Weymouth Ironman
Gunter Eifler competed in the full Ironman distance completing
the course in 11.38.15. This placed him 28th in the 40-44 age
group. Meanwhile as a wedding anniversary celebration,
husband and wife team Drs Jim and Helen Graham competed in
the Middle Distance event (70.3) with Jim completing the course in
5.38.32 and Helen in 7.39.54. Ed Cockill also competed in his first
ever 70.3 event, completing the course in an impressive 5.38.48 and
a 44th place in his age group.He commented that he could not have
asked for a better day.
18th September: Ironman Wales Tenby
A contingent of members including Trevor Moore, Colin Chambers,
Sharona Harrington, Doug Mac Taggart and Jim Graham will be going
to Tenby to compete on Sunday. This event along with the Weymouth
70.3 is part of Jim's training for the iconic World Ironman
Championships in Kona, Hawaii on 8th October.