As the Daily Mail warned of a "deadly heat wave", Cass and El jumped in the un-air conditioned car and set off down the M5. Destination? The Long Course Weekend in Tenby (Wales). LCW is a weekend festival of long distance swimming, cycling and running, with over 3000 athletes taking part in races held on the IM Wales routes on Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday (respectively). 

Events started in style with Cass (01:09:14) and El (01:12:18) both claiming new PBs in the 2.4 mile swim. Conditions were perfect, with beautiful, still, clear and warm waters (and a couple of jellyfish). A far cry from the training in choppy, chilly Bittell and mosquito-ridden Top Barn! 

To complete the Tenby trio, Rhys rocked up on Saturday morning and he and El took the BRAT baton on the 112 mile bike. Billed as one one of the toughest IM bike courses, in temperatures topping 90 degrees, the event certainly delivered what it promised. Both athletes narrowly missed race-ending RTAs (Rhys with a van and El with a horse box, verified!) and crossed the finish line in decent times, both covered in sweat, salt and smiles. El was delighted to finish 1st lady - the icing on the cake of a great day in the saddle. 

On Sunday Cass and Rhys (once again covered in Bodyglide and factor 50 respectively) took the BRAT baton on its' final leg and dug deep to complete the beautiful but hot and hilly marathon. The triumphant trio celebrated Cass's 50th marathon and the weekend's accomplishments with fish and chips and a dip in the sea... Well this is Tenby, it would be rude not to!

Published in Triathlon News

Cass Chisholm and Rhys Pippard, covered in Body Glide and factor 50 sunblock respectively, ran the Northamptonshire Shires and Spires 35mile ultramarathon. A beautiful back drop, warm dry conditions and feed stations with great cake (which reportedly contained a secret ingredient especially for ultra runners) meant that both runners pb'd at the distance finishing in 6 hours 11. Rhys also pb'd in the sheer volume of food he managed to consume during a race. All in all a great day out. 

Published in Running News