Tri Spirit Team’s race season is going from strength-to-strength as teammates travel the length and breadth of England to compete, and even as far as Austria last weekend.
Christine Costiff took top honours for her age group at the Dambuster Triathlon – a standard distance tri consisting of a 1500m swim, a 42K bike and a 10K run held up at Rutland Water, Leicestershire.
Costiff blasted through the course in a great time of 2.54.32 to win the 55-59 female age group, finishing the event with a blistering run of 48.24 for 10K.
Tara Symonds travelled to the other side of England to compete in the Ironman 70.3 Staffordshire event, on a tough course made even harder by the excessive heat over the weekend. Symonds finished the 1900m swim, 90K bike and 21K run in 6.31.58, having described the conditions as “like running in an oven”.
Clare Donovan was the teammate who travelled to Kitzbuhel, Austria to compete in the ETU Triathlon European Championships, which was also raced over the standard distance. Donovan was going well, with a 26.14 swim and a 1.35.10 bike, but unfortunately was forced to pull out on the run due to a pulled muscle.
Closer to home, Deb Milton and Liz King raced The Oysterman sprint distance triathlon in Whitstable. This consisted of a 500m sea swim, a 20K bike and a 5K run. Despite the sea conditions appearing to be perfectly calm on the surface, a strong current under the water made it tough for many competitors, with a number having to be rescued from the swim by the safety crew. This put Liz second in her age group and 12th overall for the female event.
King finished the event in 1.25.34, after having a great swim and exiting the water in 15.03. Milton failed to complete the bike course after taking a wrong turn, but was using the event as sea swimming practice for her attempt later this year at Ironman Wales.
King is clearly on form, as the previous week King took part in the White Oak Triathlon based in and around Swanley Leisure Centre. King took on the standard event here, which was an 800m pool swim, 44K bike and a 10K run. King took top honours in her age group and came 4th overall in a cracking time of 2.43.
Away from triathlon, but still locally, Amber King, and Sarah and Jonathan Leeson all took part in the Evans Cycles RIDE IT Medway Road Sportive last Saturday. The trio ensured the heat and some hills to finish the event in a great time of 3.56.
Tri Spirit’s next event is the Owler Tri, which has been chosen as this year’s Triathlon England National Middle Distance Championships. It will take place at the Julie Rose Stadium, and the events team are working to secure a back up lake for the event in case Conningbrook Lake is still closed due to the blue green algae outbreak.
Liz King, event director for Tri Spirit Events, said: “The ongoing bloom in the lake is really causing a lot of clubs difficulties this year, but we are confident that the event will go ahead as a triathlon as we are working closely with Brett Group, our key sponsor, to secure an alternative swim venue.”