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Jon's middle-distance podium

The middle distance Outlaw Half (swim 1.2M / bike 56M / run 13.1M) held at the National Water Sports Centre on Sunday 29th May drew a full field of 1,450 competitors; amongst them was our very own Jon Z. Jon is a master of longer endurance events and always has a meticulous plan for pacing, nutrition and strategy. Even after a less-than-comfortable mass-of-participants swim start Jon settled into his routine and – through the course of the event – gradually executed his plan to achieve an utterly remarkable 3rd in age finish. His peers without the disadvantage of an artificial heart valve and pacemaker must wonder what they have to do!

In other triathlon news Emma S and Steve W were in sprint-distance action at the Scissett tri on Sunday 5th June (swim 412m / bike 17.6K / run 4.2K). Though short, this event is incredibly tough with the ‘highlight’ being a monster 5K bike climb over Emley moor. As Emma’s pic shows (that’s not a smile), this is no easy affair. Matters weren’t helped by the very hot and humid conditions – just the thing to really test the post-Emley-jelly-legs on the hilly and rough surfaces of the final run leg.

Emma did a very good bike split but had had a tough time in the very sloshy pool so was always playing catch up. Steve too had a good bike leg (2nd fastest overall) which was enough to see him take an age group win and a 5th from 143 finishers overall.

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