2018 season summary

This is the short season review that was read out at the end of season awards night and social on 10 November.

The highlight of the triathlon club’s season during the year to 30 September has undoubtedly been that three club members, Rob Drake, Jim Burdett and Gary Laybourne all qualified for the Ironman World Championships, held in Hawaii last month. This is the most famous triathlon in the world, contested over a 3.8km swim, 112 mile bike ride and full marathon run, and to qualify an athlete must finish within the first few in their age group at a qualifying race of the same distance. Prior to this year, Jim qualified for the race in 2011 and was the only club member ever to have done so. For a club of our size to have three qualifiers for the race in the same year is exceptional.


In Hawaii, Rob, Jim and Gary all completed the race in under ten hours, outstanding times achieved despite Gary suffering a quadriceps injury prior to commencing the marathon. Jim beat his time from 2011 and Rob was the fastest British age-group athlete in the race, finishing ahead of several elite athletes including former world champion Tim Don.


The club has continued to enjoy regular representation in the London Junior Series. A special mention for Maisie Gibbins who completed all ten races in the season, winning a silver medal overall and qualifying to represent London in the inter-regional championships in September. Tansie McNamara won a bronze medal in her last year as a junior.


The club was successful in its application for the bronze TriMark quality accreditation from British Triathlon and introduced a mentoring scheme to allow triathletes to have a regular point of contact within the triathlon coaching staff if they wish to have one.


Also this season, Jim Burdett won gold in the British age-group duathlon championships and Gary Laybourne gold and Harvey Hughes bronze in the British age-group sprint triathlon championships.  Vanrisch McLean had an outstanding season twice finishing as second age grouper in international middle distance triathlons and competing in the elite British duathlon championship. Nick McNamara and Simon Arnold and Carmen Poel qualified for British international age-group races for the first time this year.