Derby Triathlon Club

Derby Tri Club National League Champions 2009

For the 4th time DTC won the National Triathlon league again pipping rivals Tri-London in the process (previous wins are 1999, 2005 & 2006)

The National Triathlon League has now been around for the past 15 years and is aimed at the promotion of the club scene whereby a club's top 3 athletes count at c.30 events in a year with the top 4 events to count. This does show the strength in depth that DTC have got and maybe a little more co-ordination and we could truly dominate the world of Triathlon. It is indeed true that the league is somewhat biased to long distance events but the rules are the same for everyone and we have a proven strategy of targeting key LD/IM events and entering a solid squad. The events and athletes that counted were:-
 
Ashbourne Duathlon
Jim Cresswell, Jake Manning, Andy Thornton

IM Lanzarote
Ian Hughes, Ant Gray, Mark Beighton

Bala National Middle Distance Champs
Mark Skelton, Tom Swift, Ian Hughes

Challenge Roth
Jim Cresswell, Ben Leishman, Stuart Cordner
 
It is worth noting that our 5th highest score was IM UK, which was just a few points less than the 4th highest score (Tom Swift, Chris Nicoll, Richard Hawksworth)
 
A big congratulations to all including Chris Nicoll who was our highest placed finisher finishing 4th overall! To count as an individual you just need to complete 4 of the events so if you are keen in being part of a winning squad let me know before the season starts!
 
An interesting fact is that 3 members have been part of all 4 winning years over the past 10 years - Jim Cresswell, Mark Skelton & Ant Gray!
 
Whilst we are on the subject of facts and records I have been pulling together a record of IM events over the club's history and already have over a 100 entries so if you have completed an IM over the years let me know the details and I will include the record (evidence needed of course) but for now here are a couple of facts.....
 
Club Record - Mark Skelton - 9.14
Ironman Finishes - Ant Gray (14)

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