GEORGE Goodwin – a Rugby Triathlon Club member and Zoot-sponsored athlete – claimed his first major championship crown at the European Duathlon Championships as he won by a full 30 seconds.
The event held in Weyer, Austria, comprised a 5km run, 20km bike and then another 2.5km run. The torrential rain did not stop George and fellow Brit Richard Allen from creating a lead of 25 seconds at the end of the first run leg, which George then increased to 69 seconds at the end of the bike section.
Tiredness did take its toll in the last kilometre with other competitors eating into George’s lead, however he hung on and completed the race in 57:30.
Five other club athletes have also been overseas representing Great Britain in the World Triathlon Grand Final in Edmonton, Canada. The event ran from August 26 to September 1 and is the triathlon world’s major event for elite athletes as well as age groupers.
Paul Shotton took part in the World Aquathlon race, swimming 750m and running 4.6km in 33:54, placing him 12th in the world in his age group.
Mike Smallwood (65-69 years) was third in the sprint event (750m swim/19.74km bike/5km run) finishing in 1:18:08. Sally Boon, who took part in her first triathlon in September 2013, was the third British lady home in her sprint race (35-39 years) and 13th overall. Her finishing time was 1:18:47.
After just a few days’ rest, Mike Smallwood then competed in the Olympic distance race (1,500m swim/38.8km bike/10km run) and was fourth in his age group with a time of 2:29:20.
New to the GB set-up was Kevin Sexton (50-54 years), who also competed in the Olympic race. He was the 15th British male home (63rd overall) and he finished the event in 2:30:50.
Tamara Hardman (45-49 years) raced in the Olympic event, posting a time of 2:26:25 and was the third Brit home and 13th overall. However, this was just the warm-up for another event on her radar – the 2014 Ironman 70.3 World Championships – which took place on the other side of Canada at Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, six days later.
Ironman 70.3 comprises a 1.2-mile swim, a 56-mile bike section and a 13.1-mile run. Tamara was 15th and completed the course in 5:06:40.
Rugby Triathlon Club currently organises and promotes one triathlon race a year in Daventry. The race is suitable for novices and experienced competitors alike. More information about the Daventry Triathlon and the club’s adult and junior sections can be found at www.rugbytriathlon.org.uk.