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Matchett and Bridge Storm through in Hurricane Tuska


Pencoed Tri’s Tuska Sprint Triathlon hosted stage 5 of the 2018 Welsh Super Series, as well as the Welsh National Sprint Championship as Alex Matchett and Carol Bridge crossed first in what were the most testing conditions of the series thus far.


With the race starting on time at 7:00am, sea conditions were difficult, and had the race been scheduled to start an hour later with the impending weather, the event could have changed to a duathlon. Credit to all the swimmers who navigated the choppy waters, and it was Guernsey CWG representative Josh Lewis who exited first, leading the group containing Alex Matchett, Lewys John, Kieran John and Chris Silver. With the group exiting T1 almost simultaneously, the promising youngster Lewys John's race ended having taken a tumble on the bike. With Silver, Matchett and Lewis pulling away from Kieran John, the trio returned within 25 seconds of each other into T2. This is where Matchett comes into his own, and across both T2 and the run made 19 seconds on second place Chris Silver to win by 24 seconds in a time of 1hour and 24 seconds. Silver aptly came second in 1 hour 46 seconds, with Lewis completing the podium in a time of 1:01:38, 52 seconds back from Silver.


It was experience versus youth in the female race, the lead group out of the swim consisted of Hannah Jenkins, Abbie Williams, Bethan Hinett and Eden Schiller, all youth and junior athletes, with Carol Bridge just behind and series contender Vicky Johnston leaving the water in 6th place a minute behind the lead group.  Experience told on the bike however as Carol soon bridged the gap and extended her lead with a strong bike leg. This is where Johnston came back into the race by overtaking the leading group and entered T2 in second place, with Pembrokeshire’s Abbie Williams coming in 3rd. Williams though smashed the run in a time of 20:07 and although not enough to claw back winner Bridge, who finished in a time of 1:08:56, was enough to secure second place in a time of 1:10:32, a minute ahead of third placed Johnston in 1:11:32.  Series leader Marks showed her consistency with another top ten finish to lead the series points by 2 ahead of Cardiff’s Katie Greenwood who finished in 6th place overall. With an additional 4 points separating Emma Palfrey in 3rd place in the series standings, the Womens results will go to the wire at the Sandman Sprint.


Welsh Triathlon would like to thank the organisers and volunteers from Pencoed Triathlon club for facilitating the event in challenging conditions, as well as every competitor who would took part in the middle of Hurricane Tuska.

National Championship Results (Welsh Triathlon Members Only)


Category Award Name Time
Overall Male Gold Alex Matchett 1:00:24
  Silver Chris Silver 1:00:46
  Bronze Kieran John 1:06:43
Overall Female Gold Abbie Williams 1:10:32
  Silver  Katie Greenwood 1:15:23
  Bronze Eva Edwards 1:16:41
Male Youth Gold Tomos Griffiths 1:12:57
  Silver Iwan Dunmore 1:13:17
  Bronze Ceirion Jones 1:16:05
Female Youth Gold Eva Edwards 1:16:41
Male Junior Gold Dafyd Jay 1:10:10
  Silver Keenan Napper 1:12:33
  Bronze George Comins 1:14:09
Female Junior Gold Abbie Williams 1:10:32
  Silver Hannah Jenkins 1:22:46
Male Senior Gold Alex Matchett 1:00:24
  Silver Chris Silver 1:00:46
  Bronze Kieran John 1:06:43
Female Senior Gold Katie Greenwood 1:15:23
  Silver Emma Palfrey 1:16:52
  Bronze Catherine Marks 1:16:54
Male 40-49 Gold James Manson 1:08:42
  Silver  James Nunn 1:11:30
  Bronze Leo King 1:13:38
Female 40-49 Gold Gillian Hopkins 1:19:54
  Silver Sian Williams 1:23:53
  Bronze Rebecca Comins 1:24:47
Male 50-59 Gold Colin Richard Wallace 1:12:03
  Silver Rodney Savage 1:15:05
  Bronze Jonny Wright 1:16:52
Female 50-59 Gold Rebecca Timothy 1:29:01
  Silver Ros Edmonds 1:47:05
  Bronze Julie Broughton 1:52:38
Male 60-69 Gold Michael Battersby 1:21:11
  Silver Edward Morgan 1:23:05
  Bronze Anthony Fidlow 1:28:31
Female 60-69 Gold Julie Brown 2:02:25



Super Series Categories (if different to above) 

Category  Award Name Time
Male Youth and Junior 1st Dafyd Jay 1:10:10
  2nd Keenan Napper 1:12:33
  3rd Tomos Griffiths 1:12:57
Female Youth and Junior 1st Abbie Williams 1:10:32
  2nd Bethan Hinett 1:12:32
  3rd Eden Schiller 1:14:30
Male Senior 1st Alex Matchett 1:00:24
  2nd Chris Silver 1:00:46
  3rd  Josh Lewis 1:01:38
Female Senior 1st Carol Bridge 1:08:56
  2nd Vicky Johnson 1:11:32
  3rd Katie Greenwood 1:15:23
Male 40-49 1st Kevin Lane 1:08:35
  2nd James Manson 1:08:42
  3rd James Nunn 1:11:30
Female 40-49 1st  Vickie Wilkinson 1:15:41
  2nd Gillian Hopkins 1:19:54
  3rd Sian Williams 1:23:53
Female 50-59 1st Shirley Yarde 1:21:27
  2nd Helen Kula Prezwanski 1:28:38
  3rd Rebecca Timothy 1:29:01


Full scores from Tuska can be found HERE


The overall updated Welsh triathlon Super Series score can be found by clicking HERE

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