Locals race internationally
The Woodstock Triathlon Club had two athletes compete at the ITU World Age Class championships
The Woodstock Triathlon Club had two athletes take part in the the International Triathlon World Age Class Championships in Rotterdam, The Netherlands Sept. 16 to 17.
Dave was fifth in his age category, placing 10 seconds out of the bronze position in a time of 1:21:08 in a race represented by athletes from nine countries. Janet Thompson was six in her age group, where there were athletes from five countries. She finished with a time of 1:40:38.
Thompson wrote via email conditions were challenging as they prepared for the event, with it raining each day and winds of more than 45-kilometres causing difficulty when crossing bridges on the 20km bike course. She wrote swimming against the tide on the final length of the 750-metre was the main challenge in 18 Celsius degree water.
In late-August, Vicki Mayberry of Ingersoll competed in the World Age Class Duathlon championships in Penticton, B.C. She placed 18th out of 28 in her age class on the Olympic distance course of the 10km run followed by a 40km bike ride and then a closing run of 6km. The race had athletes from six different countries.
The Woodstock Triathlon Club was created three years ago by Dave Jenkin and Ian Mayberry to help local athletes learn about triathlons and enjoy training. The club features swimming, biking and running skills to improve fitness and training.
Winter sessions start at Southside Aquatic Centre and summer sessions involved open water swims, group bike rides and running workouts at Huron Park Secondary School’s outdoor track. The club has also run the Kid Duathlon in the spring.
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The Woodstock Triathlon Club had two athletes compete in Rotterdam, The Netherlands Sept. 16 to 17 at the ITU World Age Class championships. Janet Thompson, centre, and Dave Jenkin, right, had two top six finishes against athletes from across the world with Mary Thompson, left, supporting.