After qualifying for the British championships as North West Champions, our West Lancs Tri club team of David Thomson, Tony Bleasdale and me successfully defended our British championship for the six year in succession.
More poignantly, this was our fifth successful defence of the Mark Barrow Memorial Trophy, which celebrates the life of my good friend, Mark Barrow, who died at the tragically young age of forty one.Marks’ widow Debbie and children, David and Amy presented the trophy to me as the winning men’s team in the 3 event competition of swim, shoot and combined run/shoot.
My brother David, finished 3rd overall, to my 4th place, thus reversing our positions of 1st and 2nd place at the North West Championships six weeks previously.
My great friend and training partner, Tony Bleasdale came 7th, to give us a comfortable team victory.
This was our 20th year of competing in these championships, as we first qualified in 1995. However, my brother pointed out that we both competed in the North West Biathlon at Preston in 1980, although not in the masters category.
North West Modern Triathlon Championships at Clitheroe
Junior Athletes compete with great credit
A total of 6 young Junior Biathletes from West Lancs Tri Club made a big splash at the vent.
The West Lancs Tri Club under 11 boys team of Harry Fitzsimons, Charlie Whittaker and Dashel Walsh became North WestBiathlon Champions in their category after setting fast times in the 50m swim and the 800m Cross Country run.
In the under 11 girls event, Lacey McKeown [4th] and Elizabeth Wake [5th] set a very high standard of running and swimming in a very competitive category.
Ross Bailey clinched the bronze medal in the under 15 boys category agaisnt stiff opposition from round the North West regio.
Well done to coach John Fitzsimons for training the junior team at Litherland and Bootle each week.
Thomson brothers take 1st and 2nd place at North West Event.
Neil Thomson and David Thomson gained 1st and 2nd place in the North West Modern Triathlon Championships. The event consisted of a 100m swim, 10 shot static shoot and combined run.shoot format that is used in Modern Pentathlon Olympic Events.
Together with Tony Bleasdale and Jonathan Paxton, the Thomson brothers steered West Lancs Tri Club to the Gold medal and a place at the British Modern Triathlon Championships to be held at Solihull on 25th April 2015.
At this event, our club is contesting the prestigious British Championships and the Mark Barrow Memorial Trophy, presented in honour of our friend and West Lancs Tri Club member, Mark Barrow, who died four years ago at the much too young age of 41 years.
Just dropping you a quick e-mail report of today’s Liverpool Half Marathon!
I completed the event in 1 hour 56 minutes (and 40 seconds – to be precise!) – a near 10 minute improvement on last year! Absolutely chuffed with that time. I ran with a solicitor from Morecrofts. We were raising both awareness and money for Clatterbridge Cancer Charity on behalf of the firm – and of course West Lancs Triathlon Club!
We took the first hour relatively sedately, averaging bang on 11km/hour. We picked up the pace in the second hour to achieve the times we got, namely around 1 hour 55 mins (both times were personal bests). The run along the pier front isn’t the most pleasant, but nothing an Ipod couldn’t help remedy!
But all in all, we felt fine doing the run and had no problems finishing. A definite improvement on last year. The only complaints are sore knees and being soaked – but I can cope with that!
See you on Friday for swimming! Best wishes, Richard Kirby.
Once again back to the Bowhill Estate in Selkirk for the third and final round of the series. With Stu Russell joining Kev Surplice for this final duathlon the atmosphere was fun and light hearted for the longest race of the three even with the weather not being great. Keeping to the bike run format the race started with 249 competitor’s all vying for a good place on the long hard climb that started the mountain bike course. Once again Kev and Stu mingled in the main pack Kev getting the better start.
At the first transition Kev had kept in front of Stu and dibbed it at 53mins 52 secs and completed transition in 2mins 15secs to start his run. Stu came into the transition with a cycle of 1hr 04mins 21 secs completing dib out of transition in 2mins 8secs, with Stu’s running being his strong suit Kev expected to be overtaken at some point but Stu couldn’t quite catch him this time so with a run of 1hr 5mins 30sec Kev crossed the line in 68th place overall and Mv cat. 22nd place, followed by Stu on a run of 58mins 11secs and in 77th place, 26th in MV cat.
As this was a series which Kev completed all three races in final standings in the MV category out of 24 MV competitors Kev overall finish was 14th place. A big well done!
Ross Bailey , completed the 15oom Warrington Dolphin Long Distance Swimming Club Championship event. Ross swam the 1500m in 27 minutes and 12 seconds to create a new West Lancs Tri Club junior and senior club record.
Ross trained consistently for this event working on technique and pacing. STOP PRESS – Ross gained 3rd place too!