|Race results 2010
The 2010 Cricklade Junior Triathlon took place on Sunday 13th June followed by the inaugural Aquathlon for children in the tristar 3 and youth categories. While the cloudless, blue sky made perfect conditions for most of the events taking place to celebrate the re-opening of the leisure centre, temperatures topping 25o posed an extra challenge for our young athletes. Despite this, all 70 juniors completed the full triathlon course with their usual enthusiasm, and all 14 starters made it to the finish off the aquathlon which was kicked off at 1:00 p.m. by the boys and girls in the youth category race.
First to emerge from the pool was Cricklade Tri's Ben Francis who consolidated his lead during the run to take the boys title in an excellent time just outside 27 mins. Hot on Ben's heals was Swindon Tri's Jodie Watt who took the girl's title after hanging onto second place overall. Just 3 seconds separated Minety Rugby's Alex Wright and Cricklade Tri's Jonathan McDonald as they headed into transition but Jon managed to slip past Alex and went on to record the second fastest run of the day to make it a one / two for the home club with Alex eventually finishing third ahead of Jonathan Hayward-Browne.
In the tristar 3 heat it was the girls who set the pace from the start with all 4 out of the pool ahead of the boys. Cricklade Tri's Hannah Lock-Pullen was first to enter transition posting a time close to her pb on a day when all swim times seemed to be affected by the heat but the pursuing pair of Rhianna Jones and Bethany George overtook Hannah during the run to give Swindon Tri their second girls title. In the end it was Rhianna who managed to cling onto the slenderest of leads to take first place just 3 seconds ahead of Bethany. Hannah held onto third spot in the girls race ahead of Cricklade Tri's other team member Mary Francis.
First boy out of the pool was Minety Rugby's Toby Wright who backed up his swim with a terrific run posting the fastest 3k time of the day to finish third overall and take the boy's title ahead of Cricklade Tri's Robert Mills and Samuel Wysocoki with Minety Rugby's James Hawkings and River Burton finishing fourth and fifth respectively.
The 2010 aquathlon team prize went to Cricklade Tri who scored 16 points, with Swindon Tri taking second spot with 11 points and Minety Rugby in third with 8 points.
Perfect weather, 21o and a light SW breeze, and a strong field were the recipe for a fierce battle in the Standard distance race, which, as usual, kicked-off the Senior event held on 11th July.
Five times winner Bryn Mayell set the early pace with the fastest 1500m swim but with a record number of athletes breaking the 20 mph average mark, the cycle leg was to prove the decisive phase of the race. First into T2 was Team Easy Runner's Marc Molloy with Peter Cusick of Chippenham Harriers turning in this year's fastest ride to put himself on a par with Bryn going into the run. Unfortunately, Marc's time out front was cut short by an injury that prevented him from completing the run leaving Peter and Bryn to battle it out for the top spot. After making a decisive move a few kilometres from home it was Peter that came home just in front to take his first title with Bryn second and Wootton Bassett's Matthew Griffiths in third spot after a consistent race all round. The the prize for fastest novice was another close contest with a strong cycle phase securing the title for Chris Hitchings.
With just one person competing, the result of the ladies race was a foregone conclusion, but after winning last year's sprint distance event Swindon's Clair Smith proved her credentials once again by breaking all the long standing records held by Annabel Smith's since 2003 to finish fourth overall.
With two time winners Team Hawthornes dropping down to the Sprint distance, the new name on the 2010 relay team trophy was that of Team Coalition. Supported by swimmer Tuan Phan-Quang and cyclist Sorrelle Le Cornu local athlete, Dougie Craig lead the team home in under 2and a half hours ahead of two all ladies teams with "Speedy Ham" finishing just ahead of "Nelly's Angels".
After setting up a small lead over Alex Goulding in he swim phase of the Sprint distance event, Andrew East recorded the second fastest cycle of the day to extend his advantage into the run phase but Alex responded with a "second fastest" of his own to take second place just 16 seconds ahead of Andrew. This year's clear winner though was defending champion Julian Fairley of Eton Tri Club. Julian secured his second title with the second fastest swim of the day, the fastest run and new cycle record to lower his own overall course record. "To Infinity's" Chris Bowden broke the 1 hour 10 mark to take the trophy for the first novice to finish.
In the ladies race it was a similarly close battle for second and third spots but with defending champion Clair Smith out on the Olympic course the way was open for a new winner. After exiting the pool just a second behind Clare Shakespere, Kim Ingleby secured the title with the fastest times on both cycle and run legs ahead of Clare who, after dropping to third fought back during the run to take second place and the prize for the fastest novice just ahead of Team Cherwill's Rachel Bibby.
Local team "Summer days" overcame 11th hour injury substitutions to take the 2010 relay team title. The scratch team of swimmer Mary Francis, cyclist Mike Tomison and runner Stephen Bray each put in strong legs to take the prize ahead of local teams the "Hawthornes" and "Athlete's foot" and all girls team "The Incredibals".
Youth distance Aquathlon results
TriStar3 distance Aquathlon results
Olympic distance event results
Sprint distance even results