Last Sunday, the University of Exeter Triathlon Club travelled up to Tiverton for the Exe Valley Sprint Triathlon, which was organised by the Exeter Triathlon Club. The club members who took part enjoyed glorious weather, an enjoyable course and great organisation of the event. Overall it was another successful event for the University, with club members featuring prominently in the overall standings.
Due to the rolling start system implemented in this race, most of the club started around the same time. However, Emily Dow, Sarah McKenna and Jess Hughes started earlier and raced closely with each other. Sarah performed well in her first ever triathlon, finishing only a few minutes Jess, who was also competing in her first triathlon. Whilst both of them had raced in Aquathlons before, Sarah had never done a race involving cycling, and consequently found the first half of the ride hard due to having no concept of how far she’d gone. She found the second half of the bike much easier though, and found the run tough but enjoyable. Jess, who had previous experience in Duathlons as well as Aquathlons really enjoyed the course but found the run slightly hard due to the hills along the route. Emily fared very well in what was her first triathlon as well. She found the rolling start for the swim took off a lot of pressure and allowed her to race at her own pace. Her strong 30th place finish will surely be inspiration to continue racing and improve.
The rest of the club set off at around 11 o’clock. Phoebe Weaver, a new convert to triathlon from the university swimming club, was competing in her first triathlon and appreciated the new challenge posed by a longer swim distance than what she was used to. Like many people who have tried triathlon, Phoebe now cannot wait to do another one. This was the sentiment expressed by Pablo Hutchinson immediately after he completed the BUCS Sprint Triathlon a fortnight ago. He found the rolling start was a great feature of the race and was thrilled to improve on his bike time from BUCS by 2 minutes, a sure sign of progress! Jane Campbell, who had not raced since Hever Castle back in last September, had a relatively uneventful race, despite nearly getting penalised at the turning point of the bike and was very happy to finish in a respectable time of 1:38:53.
Josche Ramcke and Rob Wilcox, who are both arguably much stronger on the bike than the other two disciplines, raced closely with each other throughout, with Rob eventually pipping Josche in a sprint finish at the line. However, once the different start times for the swim were taken into consideration, Rob beat Josche by just under a minute. Laura Wakeham had an uneventful race having started slightly later in the day when the roads were somewhat quieter. She was able to finish a time of 1:18:39, which put her 6th overall. Ollie Teenan also had an uneventful race where he felt strong in all three disciplines, which leaves him with high hopes for the forthcoming season. He can draw encouragement from his 10th place finish.
Clare Parkin was one of the first from the university group to finish the swim. Despite struggling slightly at the start of the run, she recovered to finish in a time of 1:15:00 which was good enough for 2nd overall! Just as Clare was finishing the swim, Jack Bristow was starting. The fact he was the last to start meant he spent the rest of the race chasing everyone else, eventually passing all of the other university athletes except Ollie and Mathias Mortensen. He was thrilled to finish 4th overall in a time of 1:06:26, despite a minor, frustrating hold-up on the bike. Mathias felt that he had a perfect race and felt he could not have done better, although he admitted that the hilly start of the run route was “brutal”. Nevertheless, he was the overall winner on the day with a time of 1:03:59, comfortably ahead of the runner up by 1 minute and 22 seconds.
All club members will now be looking to carry the momentum from the last few races into the BUCS Standard Distance Triathlon on June 1st.
Some quotes from those who took part:
“The race was really well organized with a great atmosphere.” – Mathias Mortensen
“I really enjoyed course, although the run was quite brutal, but it was such a lovely day with ideal weather.” – Jess Hughes
“There was a great team spirit, especially as we all started together. The support was great as well! I can’t wait for next one.” – Jane Campbell
The full results for University of Exeter Triathlon Club members are as follows:
Mathias Mortensen – 1st – 1:03:59
Jack Bristow – 4th – 1:06:26
Ollie Teenan – 10th – 1:10:08
Rob Wilcox – 20th – 1:12:20
Joscha Ramcke – 27th – 1:13:12
Pablo Hutchinson – 70th – 1:22:15
Clare Parkin – 2nd – 1:15:00
Laura Wakeham – 6th – 1:18:39
Emily Dow – 30th – 1:29:32
Pheobe Weaver – 47th – 1:34:20
Jane Campbell – 60th – 1:38:53
Jess Hughes – 65th – 1:41:37
Sarah McKenna – 70th – 1:45:34
Full results can be found here.