The final event of the springtime Aquathlon series was a home race for the club, taking place at the Cornwall House pool on Streatham Campus. Because of this, there was a large crowd throughout the day to cheer on those racing.This home support clearly contributed to this being a very successful race for the University of Exeter Triathlon Club.
As usual, the day started with the Novice races. Sarah McKenna and Emily Dow competed in this race for the university and, despite finding the hilly course slightly challenging, both achieved good results. Sarah achieved a personal best swim time whilst Emily finished 2nd in the Novice Female category, a good prelude to the success that was to come later in the day.
The rest of the day for the university club was divided into two blocks of activity, with a gap in between when no one was racing. The first block saw Laura Wakeham, Jess Hughes, Ellie Glynn and Sam Malins racing, and all of them had good, close races. Ellie and Sam were separated at the finish by only three seconds, with Sam just edging out Ellie. Laura had a competitive swim and run and finished 5th in the Senior Female category.
After a brief interlude, Ollie Teenan, Clare Parkin, Meg Berry and Jack Bristow were the next to race. Ollie was disappointed with his swim but made up for it on the run and finished 7th in the Senior Male category though he knows he could have done much better were it not for the fact his asthma was acting up. Jack had a very strong race, being the first out of the pool from his wave and then having a great run around the campus. He finished in a time of 27:20, which put him 3rd in the Senior Male Category. Meg just beat Clare on the swim by eleven seconds but wasn’t as strong on the run. Clare was very fast on the run, putting in the fastest Female run time by half a minute, which put her 1st in the Senior Female category at the end of the day.
The next wave had Joe Osbourne, Harriet Browning and Mathias Mortensen racing from the university. Joe was the first of the three out of the swim, beating Mathias by seventeen seconds but he couldn’t keep up on the run. He went on to finish a strong 4th in the Senior Male race, whilst Mathias finished 2nd with a time of 26:18. Harriet was looking to repeat her success from the Dawlish and Sidmouth aquathlons and had another very strong race, finishing in a time of 30:03 which was good enough for 2nd in the Senior Female category, only ten seconds behind Clare.
The final wave featured James Phillips and Josh Donaldson. James went off a bit fast on the swim and had to watch as Josh and others went past him, not that this phased him one bit. He put it the fastest run of the day, 35 seconds faster than the next, and finished 1st with a time of 25:23. Josh faded slightly on the run and was just pipped to 4th in the Senior Male category by Joe, finishing just two seconds behind him.
Overall, this was a great day for the club, winning six medals. Five of those were five of the six available in the Senior age category, with university athletes also locking out the top five positions of the overall standings for good measure. As this was the last race of the series, it also meant that the final results were decided. After the positions had been calculated, Mathias and Harriet were announced as the overall male and female series winners to cap off a great day for the club.
Once again, the springtime Aquathlon series was highly enjoyable and well organised by the Exeter Triathlon Club. We are looking forward to competing again next year.
Some quotes from those who took part:
“The Exeter University Aquathlon was one of the best because of the great support, though the hill never gets easier.” – Harriet Browning
“Despite some changeable weather and the enormous hill the whole day was a success and great fun.” – Sarah McKenna
The full results for University of Exeter Triathlon Club members are as follows:
James Phillips, 1st – 25:23
Mathias Mortensen, 2nd – 26:18
Jack Bristow, 3rd – 27:20
Joe Osborne, 4th – 27:52
Josh Donaldson, 5th – 27:54
Ollie Teenan, 7th – 31:25
Clare Parkin, 1st – 29:53
Harriet Browning, 2nd – 30:03
Laura Wakeham, 5th – 31:36
Meg Berry, 8th – 34:20
Jess Hughes, 13th – 38:30
Sam Malins, 15th – 40:26
Ellie Glynn, 16th – 40:29
Emily Dow, 2nd – 32:20
Sarah McKenna, 4th – 37:19
Full results can be found here.