N1 Tri Club’s Helen Jones nets new PB at Cotswold triathlon
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The Cotswold 113 half-iron distance triathlon was a club target event this year and a total of 10 N1 triathletes were on the start line, writes Ellie Dominey.
Unfortunately, one of them - Phil Rees - didn’t make it to the end of the swim as debilitating cramp in the water forced his withdrawal, but the others all completed and in very respectable times.
The first N1 member home, finishing fourth female overall and second in her age category, was Helen Jones.
She also posted the third fastest female bike split of the day. Her time of 4:56 was a new personal best (PB) and breaking the five hour time is a huge benchmark for a female at this distance.
Rae Owen had a superb race, posting one of the faster female swim times and backing it up with a solid bike and run to finish in 5:37 - this bodes well for her attempt at the full iron distance in August.
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Enjoying the swim in the serene, clear waters of the Cotswold Water Park, Jane Beech went on to finish tired, but very happy with her time of 6:07.
Lisa Braunton did this event last year, and so was delighted to shave a whopping 25 minutes off her 2016 time and complete in 6:32.
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The ever-amazing Vanessa Glyn-Jones was in action again as part of her Ironman Copenhagen build-up and impressed as always by winning her veteran category in a time of seven-hours-and-eight-minutes
For the men, Adrian Logan sped round the course in a great time of 5:18, putting to bed last year’s demons as an achilles injury forced him to withdraw in the run phase of this race.
Luke Owen, Rae’s husband, was relieved that the swim was wetsuit legal (temperatures were borderline!) and the added buoyancy of the neoprene helped him surge around the course in a fine 5:52.
Phil Bayliss, despite suffering every triathletes nightmare and sustaining a puncture on the bike, had a great run to finish in 6:25.
Graeme Beech struggled with a niggling achilles and so battled valiantly to finish in a creditable 5:30.