Wight Tri members, Steve Goodier, Pete Carter and Nina French travelled to Almere, Netherlands to take on the Challenge Almere Triathlons.
Steve and Pete took on the Challenge Almere Long Distance Triathlon, which also incorporated the European Age Group Long Distance Triathlon Championships, for which both had qualified and would be representing Team GB. This was their first time ever to wear the GB kit and race for Team GB. Pete however, prior to the event, decided to race in the open race and not represent Team GB.
On the morning of the race, triathlon gods once again smiled upon them, with perfect cool, sunny, (unusual) windless conditions for the 1900m/3800m swim, 90km/180km cycle and 21.1km/42.2km Events.
Nina French was competing in the Challenge Almere Middle Distance Event and put in a solid swim, a fast bike and a ballsy run to WIN the 55-59 age group. With split times of 39:34 for the swim, 2:53:22 bike, 1:59:56 run, for a total time of 5:43:42.
She was strong and focused throughout and earned herself a PB time for the Distance.
Pete Carter didn’t drown in the swim, despite the tracker failing to register him emerging from the water. Unfortunately, as his tracker wasn’t working, his Wight Tri team mates were a bit concerned back in the UK! His times were 58:04 swim, 5:07:22 bike, 3:43:45 run to give a total time of 9:57:19, which included the endurance tummy dramas that dominate all the post event conversations. Pete finished 15th in the 45-49 age group for the Challenge Almere Long Distance Open Race.
Stephen Goodier was competing for the first time in the Team GB trisuit. In the words of his wife, Emma, “He was awesome! “
Everything went to plan, as he had a solid swim of 1:14:06, a super fast 5:15:10 bike, followed by posting a 3:38:25 run for a total time of 10:14:24. He finished 17th from 34 in the European Long Course Championships for the 45-49 age group.. congratulations to Steve on a super debut performance for Team GB.
All 3 Wight Tri members achieved Personal Best Times, and thanked Emma Spencer Goodier and Bill French for their continued support around the course.