During the weeks immediately pre and post Ironman, various members have been flying the St Helens Tri flag at a wide range of venues across the UK. First of those was Steve Howe who claimed a top-six age group finish at the Sport in Action Ullswater Triathlon, while on the same day George Houghton was once again climbing ropes and cargo nets aplenty at his latest OCR event, this being a 15k Spartan held at Market Harborough in Leicestershire. Once again George could not be stopped as he eased to yet another age group victory as he continues to improve still further ahead of the World Championships. The following morning saw Helen Broderick and Helen Curran race at the Deva Divas Triathlon in Chester. Both enjoyed a fine day out, with Helen warming up for this weekend’s European Championships in Kazan with a fine run to second in her age group highlighted by a swim of just over 15 minutes and her fastest 5k in a long time. Helen Curran has benefitted enormously from regular attendance at the Monday night open water swim session at Eccleston Mere and here she was right in her element, completing the swim in 19 minutes before a 58:23 20k bike and a run of just under 28 minutes brought her home in 1:48:48.
After a quiet post-Ironman week where the only race of note was Diane Taktak enjoying a good day at the Pendle Trail Races, attentions shifted to the final weekend of the month featuring the Snowman and Salford Triathlons on home soil and the European Triathlon Championships in Russia. MediaCity UK will be buzzing with the sights and sounds of the participating athletes on Sunday but Stephen and Wendy Webb, fresh from Ironman Norway, decided to visit a few days early and Stephen positively starred, his 10k time of 44:56 on the hottest day of the year so far lifting him into the top 20 overall and second in his category. Meanwhile Wendy took on the 5k, finishing in under 34:30 which put her eighth in her age group, to set up an exciting weekend on which several club members will return to the City of the Buzzing Bees, while club reporter Robert Chesters takes on his longest race to date at the Snowman Classic and Helen Broderick will be joined by Steve Williams, Emma Austin, David Gaskell and Michael Forber in pursuit of Euro glory.