THE RAF CONINGSBY TRIATHLON CLUB

The RAF Coningsby Triathlon Club has gone from strength to strength this year with a rise in membership and some fabulous results in races.

Matt Hill competed in the Emergency Services Sprint Triathlon at The National Water Sports Centre in Nottingham in May, crossing the line in 1hr 14.

Dan Gambrill competed in the Oakham Sprint Tri in June, learning the importance of route recce for races after taking a detour on the bike leg, following signs for a 100 mile sportive taking place on the same day. Dan also competed in the Foremark Sprint Triathlon in July, finishing the sprint tri in 1:12.

There was a good turn out of RAF Coningsby Tri members at the Woodhall Spa Sprint Triathlon in July, with 3 members completing the fast, friendly course, with other Station team members, RAF Tri comeptitors, friends and family cheering them on. Typhoon Propulsion Servicing Facilities’ Sean ‘Austin’ Powers finished in 1:10. Cpl Matt Hill had a fantastic race finishing in 1:13 and the Community Development Officer, Lou Henderson, shaved an impressive 9 minutes off last years time, finishing in 1:34.

July was the RAF Long Distance Champs, held concurrently with the Outlaw Triathlon at the National Water Sports Centre in Nottingham. The Outlaw uses the Regatta rowing lake for the swim before venturing out into the Nottinghamshire countryside for the cycle. On return to Transition, the competitors then start the marathon, doing several laps of the lake and 2 out and back loops into Nottingham itself. Austin Powers set himself a new challenge of completing the event having never completed a marathon before. Austin undertook the 2.4mile open water swim the 112 mile bike ride in addition to the 26.2 mile run just for good measure. Austin achieved an amazing time of 12hrs 47 and continues to create a name for himself as one of the most helpful and most mental members of the team. The transitions were staffed by members of RAF Tri, acting as helpers for lake exit and taking care of bikes in T2 for the weary competitors. Lou was an integral part of the RAF Tri helper crew, her ebullience and enthusiasm lifting everyone’s spirits in transition and across the finish line.

As the RAF Coningsby Triathlon Club membership increases so does the support and expertise. Funding is available to support race costs for club members. If you are interested in having a go at Triathlon, contact Sean ‘Austin’ Powers in TPSF ext 6412 or Lou Henderson CDO on ext 7865

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RAF Coningsby’s Austin Powers.

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