SEVERAL members of Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde AC made the journey to warmer climes for the 14th UIPM Biathle World Championship as part of the British team.
These Championships were held at the Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. Biathle competition is a sport composed of a continuous run followed by a swim and then another run.
The run took place the road alongside the Marina Road passed the many exotic yachts that grace the marina, in temperatures edging 40 centigrade and the swim in the marina in the warm waters of the Arabian Gulf.
Twins Samuel and Thomas Matthews competed in the Youth C category for 13 and 14 year olds, involving two 500 metre runs separated by 100 metre swim. Thomas was 20th in a time of 6:27. Samuel was 8th in 4:57 and part of the British team which won the team Gold medal.
Likewise William Eccleston was part of Gold medal winning team in the Youth B category (15/16 years).
Individually William completed the course of 1000m run, 200m swim and 1000m run in 9:33 and finished eighth.
Adam Weightman, who is a regular and enthusiastic competitor in these World Championships was pleased to finish sixth in 12:04 on the 1500m run, 200m swim and 1500m course, helping the British team to a further team Gold medal.
Meanwhile, in the somewhat cooler conditions along the Lytham seafront the Windmill 10K was run.
Eighteen-year-old Harry Poole had an excellent run to finish eighth out of 552 that finished, in 36:42.
Bev Wright in overall 38th place, who is regularly used to winning the vet 50 prizes, demonstrated that age is no barrier, taking the first lady’s prize. Derek Crane was 66th in 43:55, Tanya Barlow was 107th and 12th lady in 46:14, Vicky Robinson was 266th in 53:26 and Bernard Singleton was 328th in 31:38.
Last week several members got in some valuable training for the Mid-Lancs and European Trials Cross Country at Liverpool on November 24th by competing in the Red Rose Cross Country League as guests at Hyndburn.
Brother and sister Caitlyn and Benjamin Preddy both competed in the under 11 races.
Benjamin was 10th in his race in 8:36 and Caitlyn was 26th in 10:42. In the under 15 girl’s race Deni Impett was an excellent third in 16:33. Malc Eadie, who is returning to full fitness after a long lay-off because of an injury, was 26th (39:01) in the Senior Men’s race.
The first Lancashire Sportshall League competition of the winter took place at Blackpool Sports Centre at Stanley Park. It was very enjoyable event for all involved from the children, parents and friends through to the volunteers officiating.
After the two minutes silence for Remembrance Day, the noise was almost constant as supporters and competitors alike cheered there friends on for six hours that the various races and field events that took place. Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC fielded an enthusiastic squad of under 11s, under 13s and under 15s.
At present the full results have not yet been published. However provisionally Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde AC finished third or possibly second.
In the individual categories Blackpool’s under 13 squad were the highest scoring of all the participating clubs, with Connor Finlayson the highest scoring under 13 boy. In the under 15 category Harry Mercer was also the highest individual scoring boy.
Finally the athletes of October were Stasia Bligh and Luke Minns.