Our Animis Athletes have been literally engaging in the spirit of our racing due to the second European heatwave of the summer.
Monica McDonnell came second in her age group - her best placing ever - in the Geneva Triathlon. This was Monica's best time in four years, despite a brutish bike course and ensured a victory of her age group nemesis. Sadly, due to the length of time for the results to be published, Monica did not get her podium moment but is looking forward to her main race of the season - The ITU Grand Final in Lausanne.
Ali Brown came third in The Piece of Cake Trail Run - which was anything but its name with over 2,000ft of elevation on an off road half marathon. Ali set off hard from the gun and adjusted his pace throughout to finish strongly and deservedly on the podium. Keep on spiralling upwards!
Mark Salmon lived up to his name competing in the Amphibian 10km open water swim. Mark has been training diligently for the event and completed the mammoth efforts in 3 hours 10 minutes and 45 seconds, despite tiredness creeping in on the last mile. Place, press, push does make your swimming go Whoosh!
Rick Allison, Dave Edwards, Val Taylor and Adeline Brack all competing in the Scunthorpe 10k, a mid week race, on just about the only hilly bits of Scunthorpe in sweltering temperatures. Val attained a PB of a minute on last year, with Adeline and Rick knocking out a sub 1 hour effort in challenging conditions.
Not to be held back, Val donned her running trainers once more to compete in the Sir Titus Trot, a 10K from UNESCO World Hertigage site Saltaire along the historic Leeds Liverpool canal (and we do love canals). Val was delighted with her time but more made up with the free beer and chocolate at the end, as her picture shows.
Oh! And Manchester City have stolen our kit too. Just shows you that Animis really are trend setters!
Another big weekend of racing coming up for Animis so stay tuned for another update next week.