FARNHAM Triathlon Club is the first in the South Central region to be awarded the British Triathlon TriMark Club Bronze Accreditation.
Farnham Tri is indebted to Keith Conradi for his contribution in gaining the award.
The club is assessed in meeting necessary standards over criteria broken down into four distinct areas of club management, activity programme, duty of care and welfare and ‘knowing your club and community’.
Farnham is one of the longest established triathlon clubs in the country and the management committee is continuing to keep pace with the rapid growth of the sport and takes pride in its place at the forefront both on and off the field of play, while continuing to coach and encourage new members of all ages and abilities.
The fruits of a flourishing youth section were evident at Dorney Lake, Eton in the BTF Children’s Super Tri where the club had 11 representatives in categories ranging from 8-year-old tristart to junior 17-18 draft-legal competition.
The event offers a rare opportunity for youngsters to compete at an Olympic venue with a 100 to 750m swim in open water, followed by a closed-road cycle (1.5km up to 20km) and run (600m to 5km) sections over their respective race distances.
Leah Marques Garcia, Cat pos 10 F Tristart, Overall 19-13; Jemima Henderson, 21 F Tristar 1, 19-33; Leo Dubois, 29 M Tristar 1, 19-44; Amanda Norwood, 54 F Tristar 1, 23-02; Jasper Henderson, 4 M Tristar 2, 25-16; Sebastian Dubois, 18 M Tristar 2, 27-16; Jacob Norwood, 33 M Tristar 2, 30-40; Jasper Coggins, 0 M Tristar 3, dnf; James Porter, 17 M Youth, 32-01; Oscar Coggins, 1 M Junior 17-18, 57-28; Grace Kinnell, 14 F Junior 17-18, 1-07-50.
Farnham Tri organises a number of closed events based at Farnham Sports Centre, including championship races for members. The first of these was the sprint tri which comprises a 750m pool swim, followed by a 15km cycle to Bentley and back and a 4km run in Farnham Park.
James Long excels at this fast and furious format and lowered his own course record to retain the overall and male veteran title for the fourth successive year in 49mins 31secs.
Posting the fastest swim (10-15) and bike (23-50), Long ran out a comfortable winner ahead of Dom Brooks who was a clear winner of the male super veteran category in finishing second.
The male senior category was a closer affair, with Mark Taylor holding off Leo Maliphant whose run time of 14-50 was fastest of the day.
The ladies’ race produced an equally dominant winner in Lynda Coggins who had the fastest swim, bike and run to finish well under the hour mark and take female super veteran honours.
In second place, Claudia Forster won the senior award, while Mel Pearce was first female veteran.
James Long, 1 MV, 49-31; Dom Brooks, 1 MSV, 53-06; Mark Taylor, 1 MS, ; 0-53-21; Leo Maliphant, 2 MS, 53-48; Juan Marques, 2 MV, 54-31; Nick Sheppard, 3 MV, 55-13; Stuart McLay, 3 MS, 56-06; Haydn Jones, 2 MSV, 58-28; Lynda Coggins, 1 FSV, 58-34; Nick Holmes, 3 MSV, 59-53; Steve Wallace, 4 MSV, 1-02-20; Simon Carson-Jones, 4 MV, 1-04-33; Mike Billups, 5 MSV, 1-05-29; Andy Standen, 6 MSV, 1-05-49; Claudia Forster, 1 FS, 1-06-24; Claire Cameron, 2 FS, 1-07-25; Andy Pickup, 7 MSV, 1-07-59; Mel Pearce, 1 FV, 1-08-25; Nick Rich, 8 MSV, 1-09-21; Ros Hook, 2 FV, 1-10-26; Claire Jackson, 3 FV, 1-11-05;Helen Collett, 2 FSV, 1-14-06; John Bennison, 1 MSV60, 1-14-37.
The club also had representatives overseas at the ETU European Triathlon Championships.
The standard distance (1500m swim, 40km cycle, 10km run) competition took place at Kitzbuhel in the Austrian Alps. Racing for Farnham in the female 55-59 age group, Gillian Barrett finished 18th in an overall time of 3hrs 10mins 24secs (28-17, 1-38-12, 1-00-46).
Claudia Shand travelled to Dusseldorf, Germany for the sprint equivalent over half distances to compete in the F60-64 category. Shaking off a recent foot injury, she came 17th, clocking 1-50-09 (20-16, 49-41, 32-01).