Team Army take part in National Relay Championships

On 26 August 2012 the Army Triathlon Association entered 4 teams at the National Relay Championships in Nottingham. This high profile event attracts triathlon clubs from all over the country and is highly competitive. It is a chance for the ATA to demonstrate their strength as a club with good performances against some of the well established civilian clubs.

The format of 500m swim, 15km bike and 5 km run completed as a relay for each discipline is short and popular with all abilities.

This year the ATA entered a mixed team (2 females, 2 males), a female open team, and two veterans teams (over 40 yrs). The mixed team races first on Saturday morning, competing against teams with Olympians amongst their members. It was a tough field and the team managed a credible 7th place. The female open team were next to race on Saturday afternoon. They entered the race as defending champions, but were unable to match their 2011 performance finishing in 4th place.

On Sunday both of the male veteran teams raced. The two teams suffered slightly during the swim leg, but fought back on the bike. The "A" team consisting of WO2 Mark Livesey, Col Bob Pearce, Maj Chris Biddulph and SSgt Gaz Watkins pulled ahead steadily and were in the lead going into the run. With all four members of the team possessing great running speed it was unlikely that they were going to get caught. SSgt Watkins was the last member to go, and with his combined-services running background he stormed through to take the win.

It was a great weekend of racing with solid performances from all of the teams.

September s calendar includes the Inter-Services Middle Distance Championships held at Vitruvian, and the Army Long Course Championships held at Ironman Wales.

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