The club fielded four teams at the National relays.
The Southampton Vets team managed a very respectable 2nd place in the BTA national relay's in Nottingham.
The team comprised:
- Marius Kwint (Capt)
- David Ardley
- Ian Banks
- John Baddley
We managed to maintain a minute overall lead after the cycle leg. However the winning team proved too strong in the running department.
The team finished 2 minutes behind the winners (BRAT).
The final result was potentially at risk due to a contested penalty (over taking on the left), however with a strong protest this was removed.
Marius contacted the Southampton evening echo and the event result was published.
Press Release: Southampton Mens’ Vets win silver at National Triathlon Relay Championships
Southampton Triathlon Club's men's veterans (aged 40+) won silver medals at the British Triathlon Association Team Relay championships at the National Watersports Centre, Holme Pierrepoint, Nottingham on Sunday 5th August. The team consisted of Marius Kwint, David Ardley, John Baddeley and Ian Banks. Hundreds of clubs from throughout the UK were competing in various categories, and with each competitor taking turns to complete a 400m swim, 15km bike, and 5 km run, the action was fast and furious. Southampton were leading their field by over a minute until the run, when they were overtaken by Birmingham Running and Triathlon Club, but held off the Army by over three minutes to finish in a fast time of 3 hrs 5 mins.
Southampton fielded four teams, including women's teams and a mixed team, but most of their races were marred and disrupted by one competitor from Tri-Force Herts suffering a heart attack in the swim. Fortunately the presence of canoe-based lifeguards, emergency services (including an air ambulance) and several medically qualified competitors meant that he was in the best of hands, and the crowd were informed that he was recovering.
Southampton vets' team captain Marius Kwint said: "As an endurance sport, in which people tend to keep improving into middle age, triathlon has a very competitive veteran's scene. So we were pleased that our years of training paid off. And we were pleased for Southampton to be recognised in a national arena, too: although it's a fairly new sport, only invented in 1976, the area has a strong triathlon tradition, with a number of local stars, and a well established club that welcomes a wide range of ages and abilities."