Triathletes from the area have represented Great Britain and conquered the Ironman in a busy couple of weeks of racing.
After qualifying in Bala, North Wales, in only his third race at standard distance in September 2013, Stamford Tri Club member Jimmy Robinson represented GB in his 40-44 age group in the ETU Triathlon European Championships in Kitzbuhel, Austria, last month.
In a course set in the beautiful scenic ski resort of Kitzbuhel, the 1500m one lap swim in Lake Schwarzsee was an optional wetsuit swim.
Robinson swam the course in 22:31, the spectacular two lap 40k bike course which had three uphill climbing sections each lap in the Mountain ‘Wilder Kaiser’ was completed in 1:17:49 and the 10k hilly run around Lake Schwarzsee was finished in 42:55 to give him a total time of 2:29:58.
Robinson finished 40th in his age group at the race.
On Saturday Stamford Tri Club member Claire Forrester won her age group of 35-39 at the Nice Tri St Neot’s series race 2.
In the standard distance race of 1,500m swim, 45k bike and 10k run, Forrester came in fourth female overall in a time of 2:52:08.
In the Super sprint of 400m swim, 10k bike and 3k run, Stamford club member Andrianna Curtis knocked seven minutes off her previous PB, finishing second in her 30-34 age group in 52:35.
On Sunday, four of Stamford Tri Club’s members took on the ultimate triathlon challenge - the Ironman.
Club head coach Jon Sheehan and Bill Haslam competed in Ironman Nice, France, and partners Vicky Clarke and Paul Stoker completed their first Ironman together at Ironman Klagenfurt, Austria.
In France, the 2.4 mile swim was in the Mediterranean Sea, with a beach start. Sheehan completed it in 1:15:42 and Haslam came out of the water four minutes behind him in 1:19:23.
Sheehan also edged the 112-mile bike course which included more than 5,000 feet of challenging climbs. He came into the transition zone in 6:27:00 with Haslam only just behind in 6:45:35.
In the marathon running leg on a flat, fast, four loop course along The Promenade des Anglais, Sheehan ran4:47:56 to finish the race in 12:45:26 with Haslam completing the 26.2 miles in an impressive 3:43:55 to finish the race in 12:03:53.
Over the border in Austria, Clarke took 1 hour 22 to complete the swin with Stoker coming out of the water five minutes earlier.
On the bike course through the scenic landscape of Carinthia, Clarke recorded a time of 6 hours 39 minutes with Stoker completing the leg in 6 hours 24 minutes.
Clarke recorded the better run in 5 hours 51 minutes with Stoker finishing in 6 hours.
Rutland Running and Tri Club member Chris Jones conquered the Coeur d’Alene Ironman at the weekend.
Jones successfully completed the course finishing 1009th out of a total of 2470 participants, 807th out of 1793 males and 64th out of 187 in his age category, in a total time of 13:39.49. His splits were swim 1:11:31, bike 6:49:49, run 5:30:25.
Closer to home, five Stamford Tri Club members competed in the Dambuster Triathlon at Rutland Water earlier in the month.
First for the club was Tim Sacks in 2:40.36, followed by Ric Durrant in 2:41.49, Lawrence Ball in 2:41:59, Martin Candish in 2:48.36 and Kevin Hamly in 3:02.24.
Rutland Tri Club athletes Martin Gordon-Kerr finished the Dambuster in 2:56.09 and Andrea Gordon-Kerr completed it in 3:34.58.
Rutland Running and Triathlon Club members were also in action at Oakham Sprint Triathlon on Sunday.
This involved a 400m pool swim followed by a 22km cycle and finally a 5km run.
Martin Gordon-Kerr was first club member home in 1:20:50, and club president Paul Rogerson was back in action after his injury problems from the Boston Marathon earlier in the year.
Paul was second finisher for the club in 1:31:27 with Clare Seymour only a minute behind and the first lady for the club in 1:32:28.
Becky Musson improved on her 2013 performance shaving almost 6 minutes off her time in spite of the wet conditions to finish in 1:42:36.
Dawn Revens was the final club finisher in 1:50:29.
Martin’s son, Sam Gordon-Kerr, came second in the Tristar in the afternoon event.