THERE were no league races at the weekend, so several Ivanhoe Runners took the opportunity to turn their hand to triathlon instead, with four members making their debuts in the tough half-ironman distance event.
Ruth Enion participated in the hilly Switzerland Ironman 70.3 race and had a fantastic day to finish in 5hrs 53mins 30secs.
Closer to home, Phil Stevenson, Ingrid Redmond and Andy Lindley took on the Outlaw Half Ironman, each impressing with Phil finishing in a speedy 5:00:53, Ingrid completing in 5:48:43 and Andy in 6:10:17, super times for all in this gruelling event.
Elsewhere, a small team of Ivanhoe Runners completed the Sinfin Classic 10k race over a pleasant flat course at Elvaston Castle.
First home for the club was Alistair Chambers in an excellent 33rd place in 40:12 with Kev Wright not far behind after another great run, 56th in 42:27.
Ladies captain Laura Graves was next, storming to a new personal best time of 46:45 which brought her home 15th lady (110th overall) and the second vet 45.
Lynda Revill was next with another fast run, 29th lady (141st) in 48:25 just ahead of Jason Green, who set a new personal fastest time of 48:53 (152nd).
Victoria Smith was next, also beating her previous personal best finishing 31st lady (159th overall) in 49:13 ahead of Ruth Green, 38th lady in 50:56 (191st).
Heather Swan and Ellen Charles completed the team, Swan finishing 97th lady (206th) in 57:58 and Charles having a fine debut 10k, finishing 103rd lady (316th) in 58:22.
Four other Ivanhoe Runners completed marathons recently – Karen Bell and Fiona McKean finishing the Edinburgh Marathon in tough conditions.
After being hit by a car only a month ago after running the London Marathon and needing painkillers in the race, Bell did amazingly well to finish in 3:55.
Fiona also had a fantastic day to beat her previous personal best by six minutes, finishing in 4:14.
Meanwhile Tim Sturla and Ian Kirk enjoyed the challenge of the hilly Flying Fox marathon in Shropshire, finishing together in 3:50 to set themselves up well for their forthcoming ultra marathon race.