Another weekend and week of great racing! David Bishop brought home the family GOLD at the Cardiff Triathlon, standard distance, a full three minutes ahead of the silver positioned Chris Silver (!).
Down in the Cotswolds Kieran Hill won the Cotswold 51.50 Olympic distance race with a clear lead of 4 minutes on second place! Even after a fall in the run section! Tremendous swim time of 19 minutes for the 1500m distance! Kieran, perhaps you would like to share some of your secrets 🙂
Now to Cholmondeley and one of the Castle series races….Max Hazell popped a bronze overall in the Olympic distance race in a speedy time of 2:07:05 in the men’s race! And the ladies race and a GOLD from Cat Jameson! The race for podiums is heating up! Fantastic going Max and Cat!
Some of the Jackpotters took to the roads for the Coast to Coast in a day on Saturday. In glorious sunshine, Colin Hill, Ady Stott and John Swallow took to the roads and made the crossing from Seascale to Whitby clocking a total of 160 miles and of course finishing with chips by the sea in Whitby.
Wednesday night saw the annual Ilkley Criterium. Eddie Evans scored a BRONZE in the men’s race…a bit of a commotion after a crash during the race and a restart but Eddie went home a happy man and thankfully not part of the crash (we hope those in it are ok and uninjured). The ladies race saw Jenni Muston spat out the back on the first hill (!) (more hill training needed Jen) but she then clawed her way single handedly through the race to catch the second group and ride past them before the end of the race!
Let’s head straight to Wasdale where our man Neil Midgley has not long come in from the climbs and peaks of the Lake District, scoring a very highly commendable 14th overall at yesterday’s inaugural Wasdale X – the hardest long distance course in the world. The race is advertised as ‘at 140 miles (226km), with a record breaking 16,994 ft (5,180m) of ascent, Wasdale X is the Ultimate Triathlon’. Starting at 0330 hours on Sunday morning, we understand that the swim was halved due to cold conditions (one swimmer was wearing two wetsuits) (I would still be there in T1 taking them off). We are yet to speak to the legend that is Neil – our congratulations go out to you Neil and a tremendous race and superb position!
Back to ‘normal’ distance…and over to Rutland for the Dambuster Triathlon where two of our athletes put on yet another good show. Tim Ashelford won his age group in a very speedy time of 2:09 and was 27th overall out of 800 athletes. Andrew Whiteley was back in action guiding Haseeb Ahmad to an outstanding and 13th in Haseeb’s age group out of 115 competitors.
Then onto another podium at the Titan middle distance race and Max Hazell took Bronze! The race was set on the edge of the Brecon Beacons and featured a 4 mile climb in the race known as the ‘Iron Mountain’. Congratulations Max!
Finally back to Yorkshire for the Harrogate Bash – a 45 minute period of madness around the city centre on closed roads. Two Jackpotters took to the roads, Will Cowan and Jenni Muston. The men’s and ladies race became one! Will was hindered from the start having to start the race at the back but finished in a huge 7th overall! Seemed to me that the remainder of the riders sat on his wheel for the majority of the race. Really well ridden Will. Jen had a self-inflicted panic before the race having realised that the battery operating her gear shifters was sat in the charger back home, a good few miles away from Harrogate. Chris Brown to the rescue with a spare! The race was a little unfair for the two ladies who participated – trying to hang on to Cat 2 male cyclists did not mix. Jen won cycling most of the race on her todd and now has her points to race in the Nationals 🙂
Challenge Denmark…and Cat Jameson takes to the middle distance for the 3rd time in 3 weeks and podiums after a fantastic race! Cat was 1st out of the swim and 1st after the bike in the Pro field and raced to a huge 3rd position overall. Absolutely brilliant racing! And the Jackpot suit looks tremendous!
Then over to Baku 2015 and the European Games where our very own Heather Sellars and Tom Bishop raced for Team GB. Heather had a storming race finishing 15th overall in the ladies finishing just 5 minutes behind Nicola Spirig, the race winner, over the standard distance. The following day, Tom took to the Baku shores finishing in 16th overall just 3 minutes behind Gordon Benson (fantastic Gordon and Tom!) who won the race in a time of 1:48:31. Tom was spotted out shopping the following day….:
Back in Blighty to the Bleinheim Triathlon and ANOTHER PODIUM! Claire Pickersgill who has been injured after a ripped hamstring, secretly chose this as her first race back before hitting the European Champs scene in Geneva next month and popped a BRONZE on the Saturday day of races concluding in a huge 7th overall for the weekend and 5th in age group position. What a comeback!!! Kieran Hill was also on form coming in 20th position in the Elite race – Kieran, you swim like a fish!
Still in Blighty and we head to the inaugural IM 70.3 in Staffordshire – you kept this one quiet Colin! Colin Hill stormed to a 6th in age group position and will be heading to the Alpine climes in Austria at the end of August for the Worlds 70.3 competition alongside our very own Eddie Howarth! Fantastic racing Colin and another welcome comeback after injury!
Finally over to the Deva Triathlon in Chester which was held as the National Standard Championships 2015. Richard Knell-Moore was more than pleased (and so he should be!) with his supersonic time of 2:06:30 finishing in 16th position in his age group and Tim Ashelford 5th in his age group (50-54) against extremely high competition, finishing in a very speedy time of 2:08:15!
Meanwhile, in non-tri news, the Jackpot Racing motor team headed down to Le Mans in France for the Aston Martin Festival – a support race to the main event.
The 13.6km circuit takes between four and a half and five minutes to complete, so each driver doesn’t get many laps, meaning learning the circuit is pretty difficult.
It is the first time at Le mans for both drivers Chris Brown and Mika Brown and, indeed, only their second race in the JR car, so it is another mission “Don’t Come Last”
After testing and race qualification, the mission was on target with Jackpot Racing Qualifying in 24th position out of 37 cars that are racing, and 13th out of 24 in their GT4 class. Mika was quickest in qualifying with a lap time of 4:37.2 and a top speed of 162mph on the Mulsanne Straight.
We were deeply saddened to hear of the tragic event which took place yesterday at the Bala Middle Distance race. Our thoughts go to the family, friends and loved ones of the athlete who passed away – and to all of the athletes at the race, including one of our own who was close to this very, very sad incident.
Nothing can soften the tragedy of a sudden death, but we hope those involved, and the witnesses, can take some consolation in the fact that this athlete will have passed away doing something they loved to do.
To celebrate the success of a Jackpot athlete at another race this weekend may go against the grain of this post you may think. At the same time we race because we love it – we love doing what we do.
Nigel Ould has qualified for the Gran Fondo Worlds in Denmark later this year in early September. Great news Nigel – reading online about the World Champs I am trying to ascertain if you are in the younger age group race of 160k or the older age group race of 115k.
Cat Jameson has written a fantastic report from her outstanding performance at Challenge Salou last weekend here.