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By Jamie Arrowsmith Wednesday 28 November 2012 Updated: 28/11 14:30
RUGBY Triathlon Club member Ross Wearing was awarded the club’s most prestigious annual award - The Captain’s Award - for his outstanding year of sporting effort on behalf of Macmillan Cancer Care at the Annual Award Ceremony on Saturday.
During 2012, Ross has undertaken 11 of 12 ‘extreme’ events, all in support of Macmillan. In the most recent, dubbed the Draycote Decathlon, he made his way around Draycote Water by doing ten different disciplines.
“I came up with the decathlon idea myself and tried to think of ways that would really challenge me over a half-mile distance,” he said.
The disciplines were leapfrog, pogo stick, backwards running, stilts, rollerblades, using a tiny bike, space hopper and the most difficult and excruciating the ‘farmers walk’. This involved carrying a 32kg kettle bell in each hand for half-a-mile.
“Now Draycote’s out of the way I can concentrate on the final challenge of the year - the 31 Days of Christmas. It means I will be running every day starting with 1km on December 1st and finishing with 31km on December 31st roughly totally over 300 miles for the whole month, I might have to wait for my turkey on Christmas Day, but it will be worth it,” he added.
Club captain Keith Edwards presented the award and said: “Ross has spent the year undertaking some spectacularly tough challenges all in aid of a brilliant cause. He’s inspired many members and I just couldn’t let his supreme effort go unacknowledged, however, it will be great to have him back triathlon racing next year.”
Full award winners: Men’s Sprint Open - 1st Keith Edwards, 2nd Matt Uzzell, 3rd Rich Cousins; Men’s Sprint Handicap - 1st John Austin, 2nd Ian Doncaster; Men’s Sprint Novice - 1st Bruce McCrea, 2nd Craig Pattison; Ladies Sprint Open -
1st Anne Portsmouth, 2nd Josie Goodwin, 3rd Bev Masterman; Men’s Olympic Open - 1st Stuart Hopkins, 2nd Matt Uzzell, 3rd Tony Johnson; Men’s Olympic Handicap - 1st Paul Ellis, 2nd John Austin, 3rd Derek Birch; Men’s Olympic Novice - 1st Stuart Hopkins, 2nd Paul Ellis; Ladies Olympic Open - 1st Sam Anderson, 2nd Jane Needham, 3rd Josie Goodwin; Ladies Olympic Handicap - 1st Victoria Nicols; Ladies Olympic Novice - 1st Josie Goodwin, 2nd Victoria Nicols; Men’s Middle Open - 1st Stuart Hopkins, 2nd Keith Edwards, 3rd Phil Scott; Men’s Middle Handicap - 1st Mike Smallwood, 2nd Tony Johnson, 3rd Peter Belfield; Men’s Middle Novice - 1st Stuart Hopkins, 2nd Mike Smallwood, 3rd John Austin; Ladies Middle Open - 1st Sam Anderson, 2nd Jane Needham; Men’s Long Distance - 1st Greg Ashley.
Medal awards are made to those club members who take part in their first Ironman races. This is in recognition of the time and effort required to compete in this long distance race. This year medals were awarded to Ian Payne, Peter Clegg, Mark Hazle and Neil Aldridge.
Finally, over £345 was raised for the club’s 2012 charities - Coventry & Warwickshire Mind and Back Up.
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.
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