While some club members opted for the Epic Events open water swims, a few who were keen to get their race bikes out of the garage chose the varied offerings of the UK Ultimate festival held in Whitchurch, Shropshire and the shortened Horwich Triathlon. At the UK Ultimate Ian Wright and Peter Rawlinson took part in the half Ironman distance and both came away very happy with their end result, Ian finishing with a sub 2 hour marathon en route to a 5:32:57, while Peter finally reaped his reward for regular appearances and deep freeze moments at the Friday night track sessions in the winter by finishing in 6:02:45, half an hour faster than at Ironman 70.3 Staffordshire last year.
The wet and windy conditions which plagued the UK Ultimate hadn’t let up by the following Sunday as several intrepid souls took on the Epic Events Horwich Triathlon. Known as the Kona of the North, it was changed for 2020 as the leisure centre was not available. Instead, the entrants tackled a longer bike course over Sheephouses and the usual off road run up Rivington Pike. Lee Brownhill and Paul Booth took part for St Helens Tri, the latter commenting on how long it had been since he had woke so early to race (it must go hand in hand with being a local legend on the turntables) but in the event the pair finished less than 90 seconds apart and under the 2:15 mark, Lee getting the edge on his teammate at the line. Races for next month are still up in the air at the moment, but the UK Triathlon series continues in a fortnight’s time at the Shropshire Triathlon while the North West Classic, normally held at Barony Park in Nantwich, has been moved to Alderford Lake, with entries still available at the time of writing.