EUTriC sent 9 athletes to this year’s Sidmouth Aquathlon, the second in the spring aquathlon series organised by Exeter Triathlon Club. The two members who raced in Dawlish back in February, Matt Hacke and Ollie Thorogood, were joined this time by Amy Hough, Hilary Davey, Joe Greenman, Sophie Walton and Kate Farmer, as well as Men’s and Women’s Captains Jack Bristow and Meg Berry. Jack and Joe were both making their return from injuries that had seen them miss the first race of the series. Amy, Hilary, Joe, Sophie and Kate were making their debuts competing for the club.
Due to the wave starts being staggered by swim times, the racing for EUTriC athletes was spread over the course of the morning. Matt was one of the first to start and he had a very strong swim where he saw big improvements over his time from Dawlish in the order of 24 seconds. He was also one of the first to finish, though this was less to do with a great run and more to do with turning round too early on the run course and cutting out almost half the course. For this reason he was, unfortunately, disqualified. Amy, Sophie and Kate all raced at about the same time and all had strong races where they picked up valuable racing experience that will serve them well in the future, particularly with the transitions where lessons were learned about the right sort of t-shirts to put on after the swim and how tightly you need to do up your trainers.
Next to race was Meg. A strong swim put her in contention for a 3rd place finish in the Senior Women’s category but she dropped back on the run to finish with a total time of 33:34 which saw her finish 4th. After Meg was Jack and Joe. Jack had been concerned about how his injured shoulder would hold up on the swim, but it caused him no difficulties and he gained a significant lead on everyone in his wave on the swim which he then extended with a very strong run. His efforts saw him finish 2nd in the Senior Men’s category with a time of 28:10. Joe felt he went off a bit hard on the swim before settling into a rhythm. His run started strong until his Friday night caught up with him and he had to stop for a minute. He still ran hard on the way back down the course and finished with a total time of 35:55.
Hilary was the next to race. Her swimming background meant that she set a good time on the swim, although a slow transition and an interruption to her running rhythm caused by a collision with a dog meant that here final time was 40:16, placing her 10th in the Senior Women’s category. Last to race was Ollie. He was hoping to improve on his run in Dawlish and, following a blisteringly fast swim where he knocked 10 seconds off his time from Dawlish he did his transition and run in a time of 19:52, which was 1:15 faster than in Dawlish. He finished 4th overall and 3rd in what was a very strong Junior Men’s category.
Overall this was a great showing from EUTriC where the club picked up some great results as well as demonstrating that the club has strength in depth and talented beginners that will hopefully see the club go from strength in the future. The club will be hoping to go even better at the second Dawlish Aquathlon on the 12th of April.
Club results are as follows:
Ollie Thorogood – 4th Overall – 3rd Age Group – 27:34
Jack Bristow – 5th Overall – 2nd Age Group – 28:10
Meg Berry – 30th Overall – 4th Age Group – 33:34
Sophie Walton – 36th Overall – 6th Age Group – 34:55
Joe Greenman – 41st Overall – 9th Age Group – 35:55
Hilary Davey – 52nd Overall – 10th Age Group – 40:16
Kate Farmer – 57th Overall – 11th Age Group – 41:50
Amy Hough – 65th Overall – 13th Age Group – 45:50
Matt Hacke – DSQ
Full results can be found here.