Big international event for quartet

From left, Adam Rowe, Charlotte Woodcock, Iain Katz and Marius van Aswegen.
From left, Adam Rowe, Charlotte Woodcock, Iain Katz and Marius van Aswegen.
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Four members of Tri Northumberland recently travelled abroad to compete in the Ironman 70.3 Mallorca.

First out of the water on the 1.9-mile swim was Iain Katz in 31 minutes. Marius van Aswegen and Adam Rowe closely followed with 33mins and 34mins respectively.

The female competitor from the club was Charlotte Woodcock from Stannington. She finished her swim split in 37mins.

On the 55-mile bike leg, Rowe and Katz – although not on the road at the same time – were only separated by 12 seconds in 2h 57mins, van Aswegen came in on 3h 30mins and Woodcock 3h 52mins.

The 13.1-mile half-marathon run was done in ever-increasing temperatures, which crept up into the early 30s (degrees Celsius). All four gritted their teeth and came through to the finish, the overall finishing times were 5h 44mins for Rowe, 5h 52mins for Katz, 6h 49mins for van Aswegen and 7h 39mins for Woodcock.

Katz and Woodcock were also racing to raise funds for HospiceCare North Northumberland and to date they have collectively raised more than £2,000.

The following day, in not so sunny climes, was the ever-popular Alnwick Triathlon, where a total of seven competitors were from Tri Northumberland.

Following on from his fourth place at Ashington, Andy Niven again finished fourth in 1h 3mins 27secs.

Ryan Shiel again won the battle of the Shiels as he came 33rd, in 1hr 12mins 53secs, although dad Brian closely followed in 41st, in 1hr 15mins 7secs.

Iain Fenwick completed the course in 50th place (1hr 17mins 27secs) Andy Gowens was 71st in 1hr 21mins 23secs, Anthony Thornton finished 119th with a time of 1hr, 31mins 43secs and, in her first foray of the season, Jenny Edgell came 135th in 1hr 38mins 58secs.