Triathlon
Duo book place in Great Britain squad

By Jamie Arrowsmith 28/03 Updated: 28/03 11:39

Buy photos » Charlie Glover and Skip Nelson. (s)

TWO Rugby Triathlon Club members secured themselves places on the Great Britain team for the ITU World Duathlon Championships in France this September thanks to their fantastic performances at the Oulton Park qualifying race in Cheshire at the weekend.

Sam Anderson and Stuart Hopkins were competing at a standard duathlon distance - a run of 5.4miles followed by a cycle of 24.3miles and finished off with a 2.7mile run.

Anderson won her age group (25-29 years) in 2-01.26 whilst Stuart Hopkins came 12th overall and fourth in his age group (35-39) with a time of 1-45.44. Club captain Keith Edwards also won his age group (50-54 years) in 1-54.28.

New club member Lawrence Webb was also competing on Saturday at the Clumber Park Duathlon in Worksop.

Taking part in the ‘Classic’ race, comprising a 10km run, 40km cycle and 5km run, he posted a time of 2-16.40, coming 16th in his age group.

Bev Masterman took part in the Tipton Aquathlon - 200m swim and 1.5mile run - and came second in age group and was fourth female home in 17.08.

FIVE members of Rugby Junior Triathlon Club posted good times at the BCT Children’s Aquathlon in Wombourne on Saturday.

It was the first race of the season for season whilst for others it was their first aquathlon but that did not prevent some fine displays.

Skip Nelson won the Tri Star One category (9/10years) when he completed the 150m swim and 1500m run in 10.08. Benjamin Leugs took 26th in the same event after timing 15.05.

Charlie Glover was third in the eight-years Tri Start category, completing the 50m swim and 600m run in 5.10.

Katie Clements clocked 21.51 for 20th place in the Tri Star Three category (13/14years) which involved a 300m swim and 3000m run.

Holly Glover was 21st in the Tri Star Two event (11/12years) after timing 17.01 for the 200m swim and 2000m run.

KATIE Clements won her age group at the Tipton Aquathlon having swum 200m and run 2500m in 16.21.

RUGBY Junior Triathlon Club will be hosting its own event at Rugby School Sports Centre on Sunday.

Over 40 entrants are expected from the hosting club as well as from other local clubs from Coventry, Stratford and Solihull.

Registration is at 11am with the competition starting in the pool at 1pm. Public support is more than welcome.

HONORARY Rugby Triathlon Club member Hywel Davies recently reclaimed the Lightweight 100km World Record for the Concept 2 Indoor Rower, beating his time set in 2010 by over four and a half minutes to clock 6-33.10.

“It might only take six hours, the same as a flight to Dubai or New York, but the never-ending pace needed and the progressive fatigue certainly makes this one of the toughest challenges I have ever undertaken,” explained Davies.

“Rowing through the cold winter months is now integrated into my winter training programme and I like to set myself challenges, for example this year during December I decided to row the date in kilometres so that was 25km on Christmas Day.

“I find that the fitness from rowing carries over to triathlon and it only takes a few weeks to get into triathlon race shape,” he added.

During his career, Davies has represented Great Britain in four different sports and in 2011, while again on national duty, became the current European Long Distance Triathlon Champion.

The next rowing challenge for Davies is the British Indoor Rowing Championships at Nottingham at a shorter, but no less intensive or difficult, distance of 2000m.

If you are interested in taking part in triathlon more information concerning the club’s adult and junior sections can be found at www.rugbytriathlon.org.uk.

Charlie Glover and Skip Nelson. (s)

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