Plenty for Rugby triathletes to savour - The Rugby Observer

Plenty for Rugby triathletes to savour

Rugby Editorial 15th Jun, 2018   0

RUGBY Triathlon Club were out competing far and wide over the last week as members achieved some phenomenal performances and accomplishments.

Club chairman Mike Smallwood held on to his British Standard Distance Championship crown with an age group victory at the AJ Bell World Triathlon in Leeds.

Racing in the morning, before the British women finished first and second in the afternoon, Smallwood raced hard from the off on the challenging course to add another British title to his never-ending prize list.

George Goodwin continued his amazing debut season as a professional triathlete with second place at Ironman 70.3 Staffordshire.




Goodwin came out of the water in tenth but with the fastest half marathon time of the day (1:15:14) he climbed the leaderboard to finish in 4:01:35 – a remarkable time and position against a stacked field.

Goodwin was joined at Ironman 70.3 Staffordshire by club-mate Barry Hale.


He finished tenth in his age group in 7:27:42.

Given the hilly nature of the bike course around the Staffordshire countryside and the scorching sun experienced on the run, Hale was pleased to only be one minute behind the time he completed the Grafman 70.3 a few weeks ago.

Also completing a 70.3 triathlon at the weekend, Ian Taggart raced around the Cotswold 113 based from the Cotswolds Water Park.

This was Taggart’s first go at this distance and he stormed round in an impressive 6:00:08.

Rugby Triathletes were out in numbers at the inaugural Rugby Challenge along the Great Central Way.

Derek Birch, Beverley Graham-Older, Allison Morris, Naomi Leugs, Gregory Ashley, Samantha Watkins and Sarah Booker all raced in the glorious sunshine at the midweek event.

Birch, Graham-Older, Leugs and Morris all completed marathon distances during the six-hour challenge event.

Ashley followed his midweek run with an age group victory at the Draycote Water 10k on Sunday in 42:37.

He was joined at the reservoir by Neal Whitford who finished sixth overall in 40:49.

Morris also doubled up with a run at the popular Two Castles Run – a 10km run between Warwick and Kenilworth castles.

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