It was a case of “all up north” over the Father’s Day weekend as the juniors took part in the Salt Ayre Junior Triathlon while a select few seniors made their way to Ullswater for the first of the 2019 Epic Lakes Swim Series and we had an entry in the Lakesman Half. On the Fylde coast four juniors took part in the regional championships hosted by the City of Lancaster Triathlon Club and all emerged with credit. Unfortunately the results are incomplete at the time of writing due to a serious incident at the end of the bike stage when one of the competitors collapsed at the dismount line. As such only Oliver Murphy currently has a result, however the wellbeing of the young aathlete involved is the most pressing concern at this moment in time; we hope for good news and a full recovery.
KellyAnne Towns is no stranger to the half Ironman format having participated in many such events across Europe but the Lakesman must rank as one of her toughest and most rewarding to date. Out of the water in just over 37 minutes, she put in a fine performance on the bike and an even better one on the run to finish in a time of 5:53:43, putting her in the top 5 of her age group. Meanwhile four club members took on either the mile or 2.5km swim at Ullswater hosted by Epic Events. Lynette Houghton, fresh from her heroics at Ironman 70.3, was our sole entrant in the 2.5km race and cracked the top 150 as she finished in a time of 52:11. In the mile race Tony Waine described it as a “swim of all weathers” as the swimmers faced torrential rain and bright sunshine in the space of an hour. For his part he picked up speed as he got warmer in the sub-12c water and eventually finished in a little over 40 minutes. It was a good outing for Laura Banks, as she came good on her predominantly pool swim experience to finish in the top 75 with a time of 33:21 but the real star was George Houghton, who figures to be one of the club’s leading up and coming athletes for many years to come. In his first Epic Lakes swim he recorded an astounding 29:09 which must have him in the mix for age group honours in years to come, thus rounding out a fairly quiet but still fruitful weekend for the club. The remainder of the month is equally sparse in terms of major events but the Southport Half Marathon and 10k offers an interesting fixture close to home on June 30th, and at the time of writing, it’s only four weeks to Ironman UK!