31 Aug 2023
A summer of fun and a bit of racing
I like to think of August as a month of relaxing, holidays, sun, sea and sand... Although it seems WTC members like their August to consist of competition.
July saw the return of the Wallingford Raft Race and WTC were hotly tipped to come away with the silverwear. We didn't get the win, but we did win the Plate event and a great deal of fun (and beer) was had.
After the disappointment of Ironman Barcelona 2022, Harriet Hardy had a second crack at the full distance event in Copenhagen. This time, her equipment didn't let her down and she smashed out a superb race finishing in 13 hours, 36 mins and 51 seconds. This is a massive achievement and we're all so proud of what you've accomplished Harriet. Well Done!
Harriet's Ironman wasn't the only significant achievement this month... Sarah Sweeten climbed Alpe D'huez and Clare Wortley completed the 13km Henley to Marlow swim marathon faising money for MacMillan.
Sarah at the top of Alpe d'huez
Clare about to start her swim (with Mac the duck)
The Oxford Tri Series had it's second outing this month with Alex Smallshaw, Richard Thompson, Phil Wortley, Ash Edwards and Martin Harrison completing the local event. Special congratulations to Ash who was competing in his first triathlon. Phil Wortley & AHS also completed the Cotswold Classic, a 116km hilly bike sportive through the beautiful Cotswolds.
Ash finishing his first triathlon
WTC also teamed up with Oxford Tri for some open water swim sessions at Queenford Lakes and we also took part in the RunWallingford sports day. After some rather dubious shennanigans from AHS, Tom and Phil, WTC were on both first and second place teams, and we all had an fantastic time with our RunWallingford partners :-)