It was a somewhat calmer weekend before the storm drives to glory we anticipate next week on Super Sunday but it was still a good weekend of racing for St Helens Tri as the fine weather from the Bank Holiday weekend continued. The main event of the weekend was actually on the Saturday as three club members made the trip to the Balearics for the latest major league event to hit the shores of Mallorca, which last month played host to the 312 sportive. Here, Shirley Fox was racing solo while Craig Abbott and Charlie Stirrup were part of the “Destroyers” team often seen at early season races such as the Belmont 2-up duathlon. The Destroyers were more than equal to the blisteringly hot weather on the island and completed the demanding course in just over five and three quarters of an hour while Shirley’s efforts in the heat were similarly impressive and in cooler conditions she surely figures to go well under 7 hours in the future. Closer to home, Capesthorne Hall was the stage for the latest round of George and Lynette’s UK tour of obstacle races as they took on the Born Survivor course. George has turned out to be one of the revelations of 2018 for his strength in completing such a diverse range of races and here he finished in a top 10 elite time of 1 hour 10 minutes, while Lynette was third elite lady home and was the recipient of a particularly impressive trophy.
The Sunday was marked by two classics of the early-to-mid season variety, one being the St Neots triathlon, the other in Chester at the Deva Junior Aquathlon. Reuben Wilson was our sole entrant at the junior event and overcame the warm conditions to make up several places on the run and lift himself into the top 25 at T2 level. Myka and Che Heard made the longer trip down to the historic county of Huntingdonshire (near the modern country of Bedfordshire as per the title) where they were competing in an Olympic distance triathlon serving as a warm-up for next weekend’s main event, which will be covered later. Both finished well up the order in their respective age groups and it was a triumph of spirit for both, with Che having fully adjusted to post-Ironman training with an especially quick performance on the bike while Myka was returning after being unable to run for much of the past few months; they are a fine example of the racing character that has come to epitomise the club over the past few years. And there will be plenty of it for all to enjoy next week as the club experiences perhaps the busiest weekend of the year, with triathlons in Southport, St Anne’s, Llanberis, Nantwich and Cambridgeshire while the Christleton 5k is well-known as a perfect race to hunt a new PB, the Liverpool Rock n’ Roll Marathon weekend offers a modern classic around the city’s most famous landmarks and the biggest race of all takes place on the streets of Manchester as 40,000 runners mark the Manchester arena attack anniversary weekend with one of the most popular races on the UK running calendar. The third weekend of May is always one for stories that are talked about many months into the future and also one for cool heads in highly charged atmospheres; in light of the proximity to May 22 it will be even more so this year. The countdown is on……….