2 MVH-ers qualify for LONDON 2013 “SPRINT” World Champs

Llandudno 29th June – SPRINT Qualifier for London 2013 World Triathlon Champs

Although the start wasn’t until 2.30 on Saturday I wanted to be at Llandudno the night before the race, so contacted Conwy Car Parks Dept. and also the Leisure Dept. It turns out there is a car park where motorhomes can park – even overnight. The girl at the Parking Dept. stated, “on no account can you sleep in the vehicle”. Would I? The Leisure Dept. took a different attitude, “no one ever checks the car parks at night so please yourself”. I chickened out in the end, parking while I rode round the bike course and then going to a campsite overnight – I didn’t think I would sleep well if I was expecting a ghostly car park attendant to knock on the windows of the van in the small hours.

It’s an open water sea swim at Llandudno, the temperature was 12 C so a hoody was worn – it turned out to be a good job since many were stung by jellyfish – its not so bad on your hands but the face and neck are more sensitive! The sea was fairly calm but a gentle swell made the three legs of the swim very different.

Transition was well organised and laid out except the bike out was a 400 metre run and very narrow – overtaking was impossible and those who tried it came to grief.

The bike course round the Great Orme was beautifully scenic but is not for either a TT bike or the faint hearted. The descent section is 2k long, quite steep, and on a narrow road with a stone wall on one side and a cliff face on the other.

As always, for me, the run felt like a matter of survival, a nice out and back course along the sea front with a bit of a hill before the turnaround point. Out and backs are always good since it allows you to keep an eye on both your club-mates and your opposition. In my case John Shelton-Smith in 60/64 and the top guys in 65/69, Richard File and Al Churcher. They were both 3 to 4 mins in front of me – almost all of it gained on the bike. Run time not as bad as it felt at 23.28.

A successful day out since having failed to qualify at Nottingham both John and I qualified for London in our respective age groups.

Alex Heron


Llandudno Results:   2 MVH-er’s qualify for LONDON 2013 – SPRINT!!


Name Position in age group Swim 750m Cycle 19km Run 5Km Total Time
John Shelton-Smith 5th 18:52 41:50 23:26 1:27:23
Alex Heron 4th 16:10 44:53 23:28 1:28:17


Name Position in age group Swim 1,500m Cycle 36km Run 10Km Total Time
Ian Burrows 3rd 29:05 1:16:07 43:36 2:33:14