Mike’s triathlon success

TWO venues in London were the setting for two big events in the triathlon calendar.

The last weekend in July saw the Virgin Active London Triathlon take place at the Excel Centre and competitors all started their events with an open water swim in Royal Victoria Dock.

Lisa Stirling and Matt Newbold, from Rugby Triathlon Club, were both competing in their first Open Water event.

Both took part on the Sprint Distance Triathlon which included a 750m swim, 20k cycle and 5k run.

Lisa Stirling was 1:46:14 and Matt Newbold 1:30.05.

The following weekend saw the ITU World Championship Triathlon take place in Hyde Park.

This event saw most of the big names from the world of triathlon competing and also competitors from Rugby Triathlon Club.

Mike Smallwood, Stuart Sykes, Andy Childs all completed the Olympic Distance event 1600m swim, 40k cycle and 10k run.

Mike Smallwood achieved first place in his age group in 2:17:40, Andy Childs was 12th in his age group in 2:24:07 and Stuart Sykes 3:13:36.