Lo­cals race in­ter­na­tion­ally

The Wood­stock Triathlon Club had two ath­letes com­pete at the ITU World Age Class cham­pi­onships

Sentinel-Review (Woodstock) - - SPORTS - GREG COLGAN

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.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the Wood­stock Triathlon Club, visit www.wood­stock­triathlon­club.ca. gcol­gan@postmedia.com twit­ter.com/Gre­gatWSR

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

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.

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