Sunday, 7th May 2017
First of the Blue Suits, Tom Carson continued his build up towards gaining GB qualification, with seventh position overall of the 147 field and a swim that beat his pre-race expectations by half a minute; an 18:42 jog on top of the cycle shows he is on course, particularly as he predicted “there is more to come”. Andrew Doyle (25) eclipsed fellow vet Nick Howarth (31) courtesy of a superior swim, though Howarth’s consistency over the three race elements is encouragement for future European aspirations. If a team prize was awarded, the top three’s 63 points narrowly beat the hosts’ Pendle (68).
Debutant Steve Houghton did well on the bike, twice trading places with Howarth in their own mini on-course battle; it was a good recovery after expending too much energy at the start attempting to mitigate a sockingly sluggish T1, but the anticipated struggle with the run unfortunately materialised. Alex ‘Powerboat’ Donnelly demonstrated his prowess in the water with a sub-8 time, whilst son and junior athlete Cameron Donnelly, also a first timer in tris, showed off his quick learning with the difference in the two transition times – T1 of 2:40 before a barnstorming T2 of 0:36 (!). Donnelly Jr’s potential was also highlighted as this tri came fast on the heels of his Track & Field exertions at last weekend’s YDL meet and the upcoming endurance 4 miler on the trails of Astley Park midweek.
7 1:05:26 Tom Carson (5:34; 0:40; 40:02; 0:27; 18:42)
25 1:14:39 Andrew Doyle (6:54 1:03 43:33 0:43; 22:22)
31 1:16:21 Nick Howarth (8:30; 0:51; 43:20; 0:43; 22:54)
59 1:22:34 Steve Houghton (8:28; 1:37; 42:33; 0:49; 29:06)
79 1:26:33 Alex Donnelly (7:40; 1:50; 47:57; 0:59; 28:05)
98 1:30:55 Cameron Donnelly (9:33; 2:40; 52:26; 0:36; 25:38)
Elsewhere, Dom Gavin clocked 38:04 for eighth in the Wigan Trail 10K, whilst earlier, John Grimshaw warmed up for Wednesday’s CLGP fixture with 37:43 in the first of the Astley Park Trail Races at Chorley.