TRIATHLON: Gr-eight showing from Spalding members

Some eight Spalding Triathlon Club members competed in the Southwell Sprint Triathlon over the Bank Holiday weekend.

There were a healthy 571 athletes competing on the day, as they took on the gruelling 400m swim, 17.6km cycle and 5km run on an undulating course.

Spalding were represented by Alistair Rudd, James Graham, Aimee Stocker, Ben Richards, Tom Drew, Michael Staines, Julian Beavis and Angela McGill.

The bike course was best described as ‘lumpy’ and suited the stronger cyclists. with the steep hill at the start of the run ensuring painful legs after the tough cycle.

All members raced well, with Rudd (55.25mins) finishing with the fastest time of the day for the club, which was good enough for second in his age group.

Stocker was the fastest woman in a time of 1.02.19mins, which was the fastest in her age group and made her fourth woman overall.

Results: Alistair Rudd 55.25mins; James Graham 1.01.21hrs; Aimee Stocker 1.02.19hrs; Ben Richards 1.02.25; Tom Drew 1.02.29hrs; Michael Staines 1.04.03hrs; Julian Beavis 1.08.01hrs; Angela McGill 1.12.11hrs.

• A trio of Spalding Tri members took part in the first David Lloyd Lincoln Sprint Series meet of the season in Lincoln.

Racing in perfect sunny and cool conditions, with a moderate headwind on, nearly 500 athletes took part in the event, which comprised of a 400m swim, 22km bike ride and 5km run.

Alistair Rudd was the first Spalding athlete home in 1.11.26hrs.

Mike Drew and Tom Drew were in the same wave, with Mike managing to hold his team-mate off until the last half mile or so before a fast finish allowed Tom to beat him by 73 seconds

Behind them, Mike Stains was third in his age group.

Results: Alistair Rudd 1.11 .26hrs; Tom Drew 1.16.39hrs; Mike Stains 1.17.52; Angie McGill 1.25.42.

• Spalding Tri had three entries in last month’s London Marathon.

Although the weather was good, it was a bit warm for them all as most of their training has been below five degrees.

Timothy Swan-Smith, a seasoned marathon runner, came home in at a fabulous time of 3.22.10hrs.

This was a personal best by a massive 11 minutes – pretty impressive given that he found the last three miles very hard work.

However, for Heather and Paul Coleman it was their first marathon.They finished in 5.13.51hrs.

Spalding Triathlon Club would like to congratulate all three for representing them and doing so well. Having undertaken a torturous training regime, all three deserve massive credit.