Hever Castle

Last weekend saw eight of our athletes make the 190 mile journey across the country to Hever Castle in Kent to compete in the final races of the Markel Castle Triathlon Series. There was a real festival atmosphere throughout the weekend, and the terrible weather that was bombarding our colleagues back in Devon stayed away from Kent. Six members competed in the Sprint distance race on Saturday, with the other two staying on another day to compete in the Olympic distance race. So without further ado, here’s an athlete by athlete look at the races.

Sprint

Mathias Mortensen – Club Captain Mathias put in a very strong performance to finish 4th with a time of 1:00:51, only 29 seconds behind the eventual winner. Mathias even managed to be leading the race out of the first transition and was strong enough to not lose much time to the riders on time trial bikes.

Jack Bristow –  Jack recovered from a poor swim and wetsuit problems in the first transition to finish in 1:09:00. He had a close race with nearby finishers and was very pleased to finish 31st.

Harriet Browning – Womens Captain Harriet competed in her first triathlon at Hever, finishing a competitive 357th in a time of 1:21:45. Harriet was happy to rank 29th of the women.

Milly Lewis – Also competing in her first triathlon was Events Captain, Milly. She enjoyed her race, and finished in 1:23:43, placing 434th overall. Similar to Harriet, Milly was pleased with being the 41st fastest woman.

Andy Hill – After competing in a standard distance event and a half ironman over the summer, the Hever sprint race was a nice change of pace for Andy. A lake temperature of 14 degrees was a less welcome change from Singapore. He finished 473rd in a time of 1:24:47.

Jane Campbell – Jane had some serious misfortune coming into the second transition. The man she was following up to the dismount point overcooked it and took down the barriers lining the track, effectively blocking Jane for at least two minutes. Despite this, Jane finished her first triathlon in 1:41:09, placing 1002nd.

Full results for the Sprint race can be found here.

Olympic

James Phillips – James continued his recent surge to (we must assume) world domination with yet another incredibly strong performance in the Olympic distance race. Although musings on the possibility of prize money ultimately did not come to fruition, James can be happy with 19th place overall, in a time of 2:19:50.

Ollie Teenan – Ollie was disappointed to fall short of his target time of two and a half hours, putting it down to already being exhausted at the start of the run, which is unsurprising given the grueling nature of the bike course. Despite this, Ollie finished in a strong 129th in a time of 2:44:19.

Full results of the Olympic distance can be found here.

 

Overall this was a very strong performance from the club and we were able to have a high profile throughout the weekend. Hopefully we can build on these successes and carry the momentum to the BUCS Duathlon in two months time.