Triathlon victory double for Army husband and wife

Carline Livesey at the Ripon Triathlon. (S)
Carline Livesey at the Ripon Triathlon. (S)

The Army Triathlon Championships hosted by NPY Tri in Ripon as part of the Black Sheep Triathlon saw husband and wife team Mark and Caroline Livesey steal the Army show.

The race start was delayed by 30 minutes due to a typical UK summer hail storm, but once under way it proved very exciting.

The first wave of swimmers included most of the Army male competitors, and faster civilian males for the 1500m swim course.

The women followed five mins behind in the second wave.

Ex-Army swimming team member Sgt Neil Ferguson (RAPTC) quickly took the lead in the Army race, exiting the water in 19 minutes 28 seconds.

He was closely followed by WO2 Mark Livesey (RAPTC) who was just one and a half minutes down as they went through the first transition and onto the bike course.

Gnr Sam Wilson (RA) led out the Army women, swimming a quick 20 minutes and 56 seconds to lead through transition with just less than a minute lead on Spr Lizzie Hill (RE) and Maj Caroline Livesey (RE).

The bike route began with some technical roads before heading out onto some long straight stretches which gave competitors the chance to see where they lay.

Mark Livesey quickly passed Neil Ferguson to take the lead, with Capt Ed Chartlon-Weedy (RA) and Maj Chris Buddulph (RS) close behind.

Mark came into the second transition with a solid lead on Ed, and Chris.

Caroline Livesey quickly moved into the lead on the bike, putting in a storming time to get the fastest female bike split of the day.

Having been a minute back on the swim, Maj Lindsey Courage (RS) also came through with a strong bike performance to enter to the run transition just over three minutes behind Caroline.

Mark was never going to be caught on the run, and came through to win in a total time of two hours two mins and 05 secs.

A contentious two-minute penalty was later added to his time. Ed Charlton-Weedy took second place with Chris Biddulph in third.

Caroline held on to first place on the run, with Lindsey managing to claw back some but not all of the gap.

Still in Phase two training, Sapper Lizze Hill had a storming race and took third place with a fast run split.

In the veterans category (40+) the male winner was Dave Butters (REME), with Col Bob Pearce (RLC) in second and Capt Ian Philips (RAPTC) in third.

There were no females racing in the veterans category.

Results:1, WO2 Mark Livesey 2:04:05; 2, Capt Ed Charlton-Weedy 2:05:45; 3, M

aj Chris Biddulph 2:06:59.

Women: 1, Maj Caroline Livesey 2:12:56; 2, Maj Lindsey Courage 2:14:13; 3, Spr Lizzie Hill 2:19:46.