IVANHOE Runners were out in force in Nottingham as eight club members took part in the Notts 5 mile race – a two-lap race along the Victoria Embankment.
Despite the warm conditions there were some great performances including several personal best times.
First home for the club, finishing in an excellent 28th place, was Richard Martin in 30.37, ahead of Nick Rowles who had a great run to set a new personal fastest time over the distance of 33.39 (48th place).
Karen Bell, returning to racing following injury, had a good night finishing fastest Ivanhoe lady and 17th female overall in 38.29 (103rd), just seconds ahead of Victoria Smith who smashed her personal best, finishing in an excellent 38.34 (104th and 18th lady).
They were followed by Julia Blewitt-Jenkins who ran through discomfort finishing 19th lady (108th) in 39.10.
The ever-improving Karl Savill was next, also beating his previous best time, 117th in 40.10, ahead of Fiona McKean, 31st lady (141st overall) in 43.30 and Heather Swan, 41st lady (159th overall) in 46.14.
Two club members completed the extraordinarily tough Outlaw Ironman triathlon, consisting of a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile cycle and full 26.2-mile marathon run, with many members out on the course in support.
In what must rank as one of the best Ivanhoe performances, Teresa Talbott finished 45th lady (eighth in age group) in an incredible 13 hours 11 minutes 34 seconds.
Her performance was consistent throughout all three disciplines, with a one hour, nine minute swim, seven hour cycle and 4.46.50 marathon showing superb discipline and endurance ability.
Talbott's result was particularly remarkable since she is a working mother of four and only recovered from a back injury last year.
Equally impressive was the performance of club-mate Julian Rawlings who followed up his success in the event last year with another excellent day, beating his previous time by almost an hour as he finished in 14.23.03 (1.32.50 swim, 6.41.37 cycle and 5.39.35 run).