TRIATHLON: Spalding Tri members in British relay event

The 20 Spalding Tri Club members at the British Championships Relay Event in Nottingham over August bank holiday.
The 20 Spalding Tri Club members at the British Championships Relay Event in Nottingham over August bank holiday.
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Spalding Tri Club had 20 members competing in the British Championships Relay Event at Nottingham.

The club entered five teams of four, all fairly evenly matched so there was also good competition between them too.

The relay at the National Water Sports Centre comprised a 500m open water swim, 15k bike ride and 5k run.

There were 200 teams entered and each person in the team went off in a set order so all number ones did their swim and had to pass on a rubber band to tag the next person and the same followed for the bike and the run.

Spalding Tri Club member Nikki Balding said: “This was a task in itself as finding the person you were supposed to pass on to was a bit difficult with so many other people doing the same.

“The swim part of the event was interesting. Luckily, the more experienced members of the teams went off first.

“As it was a mass start they all bob about in the water until the start and off they went.

“At least after that, people were filtering in so there was less chance of being kicked or punched accidentally in the murky, smelly water.”

l Spalding teams: Mrs Turbo and the Supercharges (86): Chris Pratt 7.04 (swim), 22.37 (bike), 17.59 (run); Andy Chamberlain 12.27, 27.33, 24.19; Alison Staines 12.29, 27.24, 24.54; Ken Balding 10.48; 24.11; 22.57

Jamie’s Tri Eeeers (133): Jamie Graham 8.54, 23.06, 21.12; Fiona Kelman 11.36, 28.11, 26.35; Hannah Wright 11.54, 23.58, 27.23; Paul Rose 10.15, 23.58, 21.58

Young Feet (143): Alistair Rudd 8.10, 23.46, 19.16; Harry Lane 12.24, 27.27, 21.51; Adele Smith 16.09, 34.32, 27.20; Mike Staines 9.59, 24.37, 22.06

3 Non Blondes (150): Tom Drew 10.21, 24.37, 19.09; Nikki Balding 10.08, 29.23, 27.02; Steve Roberts 12.02, 29.16, 29.26; Aimee Stocker 10.15, 24.39, 23.08

Beauty and the Beasts (155): Jack Carpenter 7.57, 23.18, 17.57; Kelly Shields 10.57, 29.16, 24.12; Wendy Lane 13.29, 30.21, 28.58; Alex Cobb 10.59, 26.43, 27.45