THIS season's Salisbury Tri Club Intro to Tri programme culminated in many participants competing in their first triathlons at Frome and Southampton sprint events. They were joined by many other club members both as competitors and supporters.
The successful ten-week programme was subsidised by the Lewis Andrews Foundation and Sportivate (Wiltshire County Council) with the aim of preparing participants for entry in their first sprint triathlon.
The weekly activities were organised and delivered by the club's talented coaching team and comprised coached practical sessions such as hill running repeats, presentations on topics including nutrition and advice on the logistical elements of a triathlon like transition.
The sprint race in Frome was organised by the Frome Triathlon Club from their local leisure centre with a 400m pool swim, 23km bike leg and a 5km run. Despite less than perfect conditions, the Salisbury athletes competed alongside 170 others.
The first Salisbury member to finish was Adam Herridge, whose strong cycle leg secured a time of 1:16:11 which placed him seventh overall.
He was closely followed by Aquaman James Cooper with the third fastest swim time of the day to finish in 1:23:18.
First Salisbury female to finish was Eugenia Milstein, whose powerful run helped her register 1:23:24. She was followed by Josephine Child, whose consistent pace throughout, meant she finished in 1:27:36.
The Salisbury athletes that followed were Isobel Atkin 1:31:54, Sarah Brown 1:32:37 first in age group, Chris Pascoe 1:33:00, Emma Houghton 1:39:48, Kelly Steenkamp 1:46:25, Rachel Turnbull 1:49:00 and Hollie Carpenter 1:58:39
Meanwhile, the Southampton Fast Twitch Triathlon began with a 400m swim at the Applemore Health and Leisure Centre followed by a 12.78 mile cycle and three-mile run through the New Forest.
It proved a successful outing for STC members. Sarah Kemp was third lady with a time of 01:09:46, Emma Cole finished in 01:22:28 and was first lady in her age group.
Other members completing the race were Kevin Richards 01:09:22, Chris Pascoe 01:15:06, Forest Paget 01:17:48, Deborah Garrett 01:28:23, Derek Biggs 01:34:16 and Kelly Brooke 01:43:11.
As the triathlon season draws to a close the next event in the club's calendar is the STC Off-Road Duathlon on Sunday, November 17.
The 7.5km run 17.5km bike 6.5km run takes place in the picturesque Chalke Valley starting at the Chalke Valley Leisure Centre.
Prizes will be awarded to the first three males and females and all finishers will receive a race momento and hot soup at the end.
Visit www.salisburytriclub.co.uk for entries and more information.