What a fantastic weekend for the club, bringing together general members, swim trainers, polo players and swimming lesson kids and parents. ‘Gazebo Parogon’ was at the heart of the event and could not be missed by anyone and the camaraderie, support and friendship from all was fantastic. I for one will never forget the noise and support every time I passed a club member or supporter and the noise as each competitor came down the finishing lane was enough to bring a tear to the eye of this man as I finished my event!
Remember it’s the members that make the club – and this weekend we showed what a great club we are!
UK Ultimate Kids Triathlon
Saturday June 2nd saw 11 kids registered under the Parogon name take on the challenge of swim, bike, run at Alderford Lakes in Whitchurch.
It has to be said that they were all fantastic, taking to the lake and swimming fantastically, they were a credit to themselves and the club with many overtaking those who started before them. The race director was even heard to liken some of our swimmers to Olympians past and present!!
Then it was onto the bike, a tough grass course with some undulations pushed the kids to the max, completing their designated number of laps they then hit the run and this is when the realisation of the challenge hit home.
Poor Sophie missed one lap and then promptly threw up, now that is hard core and she had no issues hitting the BBQ later in the day!! Norika really dug in on the run with dad Adam running alongside and she did fantastically to finish and should be very proud of herself. Spencer was second in his age group, again a fantastic achievement. Team Deakes Junior competing for the first time were superb completing the course with smiles son their faces and the seasoned athletes, Amelia, Evie and Maisie lapped it all up! Zac was our first finisher and unfortunately I missed him as mine were starting their swim…
The phrase of the day was, ‘much better than Trentham!’ The associated support crew was loud, vociferous, and enthusiastic – a sign of things to come on Sunday!!
Well done all a great day and the future of the club looks to be in strong hands!
To see the results follow this link:
UK Ultimate Half Triathlon
Now the kids had set the bar high for the adults on the Sunday and they duly obliged!
First off it was the Half Ironman – 70.3 miles in total comprising of, 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike and a half marathon to finish. With the clear blue sky’s overhead and the predicted high temperatures it was going to be a long day for our competitors: Harry Belfield, Ed Cross, Neil Oliver, Olly Tarpey, Ian Cartwright and ex club stalwart and polo player Ian Ross.
We started off by being paraded down the finishing lane behind a Union Jack with music blaring being duly cheered by the assembled relatives and supporters – that got the adrenaline going and calmed any pre race nerves. It was then into the fantastic lake, clear and warm at 21 degrees for our two lap swim with a small jog between each lap. First out was Harry followed by, and in the top 10, the 2 Ian’s, who somehow manged to stay together for the whole swim – the only way through the field for me from then on was backwards!!! I had peaked on my best discipline!!! Olly was not far behind and came into transition just as I was leaving. All swimmers, as with the kids, posted great times setting themselves up for the rest of the race.
We then headed out on the bikes for our two lap 56 mile ride, the course headed to Malpas, out to Bangor on Dee and back to Whitchurch – undulating but nothing too challenging with good areas to recover and conserve energy for the run that was to come. Food and drink was the order of the day on the bike and the order of team Parogon was shaken up, Harry, Neil, Ed, Ian R, Olly, Ian C – but would that hold through the run!
So we now hit the half marathon with temperatures hitting 26 degrees on the road section it was going to be tough. A three lap run, round the lake and down the lane with feed stations every couple of miles – much needed. Personally I hated the first 5km but then got into my stride, walking through each feed station taking on water and also chucking it over my head to cool down, Olly tied up on the run and did fantastically well to finish. The noise from the rest of team Parogon whenever we past them was suburb and really kept us going as did the multi-lap as we kept passing each other shouting words on encouragement, high fiving and keeping each other going. I also found the other competitors to be fantastic, it almost becomes a self-help group getting each other to the end…
So how did it all pan out:
Harry – an unbelievable 4th overall in a time of 4 hours 32 mins
Ed – 42 and second in age group in 5 hours 16 minutes
Ian R – 54th in 5 hours 22 minutes
Neil – 73rd in 5 hours 35 minutes
Then our first timers at this distance:
Ian C – 103rd in 5 hours 55 minutes
Olly – a courageous 131st in 6 hours and 10 minutes
Whilst we were racing – so forgive me for the slight lack of detail – we had multiple competitors across other races.
UK Ultimate Sprint
Christina completed the sprint, 500m swim, 12 mile bike and 3 mile run, the longest race she has done as an individual and she did fantastically coming in as the 8th female out of 27 starters. Having put in a strong swim, she flew the bike and put in a steady, hot run to finish in 1 hour and 34 minutes. Again another fantastic achievement and she has even said she will race that distance again!
UK Ultimate Quarter
Tom ‘The Beast’ Davies took on the ¼ just under the Olympic Distance – 0.6 mile swim, 28 mile bike and a 6.2 mile run. No mean feat as Tom has only ever done one other event. As with all the club members Tom put in a strong swim exiting the water in 5th place, and he then hit the bike. Having only started riding this year he did a strong ride and then a good run posting 1 hour for the 10k. As with all of us Tom suffered with the heat and I was so pleased to be able to sweaty high five him a number of times on the run – it was that club spirit that got us all through….. Tom finished in a time of 3 hours and 3 minutes – again another wicked performance in club colours!
We also had three relay teams competing and a report is on its way to me for those to send out – but lets just say for now. Three teams, three trophies!!!!!