June 2018 Roundup

June Roundup



CELTMAN – Mark Klein

Last weekend I completed the CELTMAN! Extreme Scottish Triathlon. In brief, it consisted of a 3.4km swim in freezing, deep, jellyfish invested Atlantic waters, a 202km bike leg with nearly 7,000ft of climbing on incredibly scenic Highlands roads where it rained for 6 hours and a marathon over two Munros (big, *** mountains!). A nice little sprint tri ticked off!

For those wanting a graphic, full length version, a race report from the day which can be found here



Cardiff Tri (National champs) – Hollie, Alice, Reef


Hollie came 8th (20-24) and was delighted she didn’t end up in A&E this year!

Reef came 16th

Alice came 8th (U20s)

The Bridge Triathlon – held in the shadow of the Dartford crossing
We had Optima tri-stars racing at Bridge Triathlon this weekend – Harry Klein (9th), Zachary Elliot  (14th) and Cameron Elliot who came 10th in T2

Harry looks ready to race…

Leeds Castle Tri – Chris (European qualifiers)

Chris Owens writes “Leeds Castle is in KENT, and runs many events, including triathlons, as it is INCREDIBLY scenic. This was a qualifier for ETU 2019 Lausanne. The swim is a soupy two laps of the moat and through that arch in the middle, and is followed by a good bike trip along and back on the rolling dual carriageway A20. The 10k run was on nice grass in the grounds, but included two steep hills per 5k lap – a challenging run. Luckily it was harder for everyone else in my AG, and I won in 2:33. The 4.30am start for setup did not help – camping next time!….”


Blenheim Super Series –

📣 Youths – Freya (2nd), Izzy (5th), Jess (7th), Fenella (22nd), Jacob (27th)

🏆 Freya & Izzy both qualified for the Youth Olympics qualifier in Banyoles!

🍎 Juniors – Alice (5th), Jenny (tbc) & Reef (13th)

⛵ Hollie came 13th in the Senior Women


Optima going global –

Josie traveled to Slovakia to do Challenge The Championship 70.3

🏊swam 200m extra by accident due to questionable sighting technique

The run was HOT

🍺 enjoyed a post-race pint in true Aussie style!

⌚ total time 5:47:50


Gill raced the WTS relay in Nottingham with the South African team (Richard Murray, Henri Schoeman & Anel Radford). We enjoyed the spectacular running dives on the TV!


Gill unfortunately DNF at WTS Leeds due to a bike crash 🙁

However she had an awesome swim and was in the main chase pack on the bike – nice!

Chris took 1st place in the 65-69 AG at WTS Leeds:

“… Sunday in Leeds dawned with quite a thick mist due to the warm weather the day before. Although there was no mist IN the water, the organisers decided that they might lose a few swimmers, and so made the swim 750m, not 1500m. So sadly my faster-than-Varga time 13:02is due to the distance swum. However I took nearly 2mins off my bike time and approx. 1:30 off my run time over the same distances as last year – and won my AG (=British Champion(old geezers)) by 5mins. A good day at the office…”

🐼 Rowan got 18th place in the 25-29 AG at WTS Leeds. He loved that the swim distance was halved on the day!

Also in action on Leeds:

🏊 Juniors – Super-sprint – Alice (15th) and Reef (22nd)

Youths –  ditto – Jess (6th), Fenella (17th), Jacob (37th)

Cameron raced for his school and got bronze in the IAPS National Triathlon Championships


💎Lucy did the South Hams Sprint and came 2nd overall female – the Devon hills were tough! She also roped boyfriend Oli into participating…

Well done all! – including the supporters\drivers\mums\dads and significant others who played supporting roles behind the racing scenes shown – we’d be lost without you!