Parkrun Junior 2K
BRJ Juniors were only in action at Jubilee Park with Amy Lasseter completing 2K Parkrun #25 & Freya Harris #75.
BRJ’ers made returns to Ferry Meadows & Storeys Field. At Huntingdon, Claire Pearce secured herself a 42 second Club 5K & making their Club 5K debuts were Kags Alexander-Cahill, Jessica Barrett-Drylie, Debbie Simcock, Paul Treadwell & Chloe Wilson.
Paul Treadwell & Felicity Baillie both reached Parkrun milestones by completing Parkruns #100 & #150 respectively. Our unluckiest athlete was Karen Gilchrist who exactly matched her current BRJ 5K PB.
There were 3 BRJ Parkrun debuts, these being at Bolberry Down, Marlborough (Alice Noyes), Ford, nr Ulverston (Claire Ashton) & St Mary’s, Bridport by Anna & Clive Best/
Bedford Triathlon (Olympic Distance)
There were 2 BRJ participants in this rain affected event. Christopher Osborne ran a superb race to take the runner-up position, just under 2 minutes behind the overall winner. Christopher finished in a time of 2:12:26 in position 2 of the 113 finishers & 1st in his age category. Stuart Hathaway finished in 2:42:47 in position 41.
London Triathlon (Standard Distance)
David Ward successfully completed the Standard distance event, the course stating & finishing in the Docklands and then comprising a sight-seeing tour of London. The event was well organised, but was very crowded. For all 3 phases, they were undertaken in wet & windy conditions & apparently the water in the Docklands was none too tasty! David finished in a time of 2:27:04 in position 195 of the 429 finishers.
St Neots Triathlon Series (Race 1)
The Race comprised 3 different distances, Super Sprint, Sprint & Standard. 6 BRJ’ers tackled these events in wet and windy condition & a river temperature of 19 degrees.
Super Sprint – Paulus Maukonen narrowly missed a bronze medal podium place. Despite the handicap of wearing a trisuit held together by a safety pin when the zip busted open before the start (too many pies…. his own words!), he was first out after the swim phase and held off his pursuers until the bike dismount line, but conceded 3 places on the run to finish 4th overall of the 24 competitors and top of his Age Category. Jessica Barrett-Drylie, finished just 1 position ahead of Kags Alexander-Cahill with both taking a top 10 finish. Kim Olivier successfully completed her debut Triathlon, a great achievement considering her initial reluctance to participate in the BRJ’s Open Water swimming. Our Sprint results were:-
4. Paulus Maukonen 00:38:34 1st in Age Category
9. Jessica Barrett-Drylie 00:43:44. 1st in Age Category
10. Kags Alexander-Cahill 00:45:28 2nd in Age Category
24. Kim Olivier 1:25:21. 1st in Age Category
Sprint – Rachel Hodge finished in a time of 2:20:26 in position 88 of the 90 competitors and 2nd in her Age Category.
Standard – Gilles Corby, finally back in action after a lengthy period of injury, completed the distance in a time of 2:51:51 in position 45 of the 85 finishers.
Rutland Water Open Water Swim
Linda Crook successfully completed the 2K event from Whitewell to Normanton, the strong winds making the swim challenging at times. Linda finished in position 149 of the 209 finishers in a time of 1:03:44.