The Race Roundup: July – Mid August 2015

With the nights long and procrastination almost inescapable, its gratifying to see how well our athletes have been doing over the past month and a bit. Herein is the second update on how EUTriC members have been doing over the summer vacation.

Kim Renfrew (Events Secretary 2015-16)

Wilkins Kennedy Triathlon / Grays, Essex / 19.07.2015

“This was my second event since joining triathlon club earlier this year and I was still pretty nervous but feeling more confident after a great experience at the BUCs Sprint triathlon in May. Hoping to avoid another chain mishap, which had only slightly thrown me off on my first race, I set off on the 400m swim, 20km bike and 5km run event, accompanied by my father, an experienced triathlete and 4 times Gray’s participant. Having that support there was fantastic and it was lovely to see him race and match his best time from the previous year. The swim was lovely, in a large 33m pool where you complete 12 lengths in a snake like fashion, passing under the lane markers as you go. The bike was relatively flat, with three short climbs as you complete two 10km routes. I completed the course in 1 hr 27 min and given the relatively small size of the event it put me top in my age category. I was ecstatic with my result, not only did I complete the course feeling relatively strong throughout but I could also see a noticeable improvement from my first race at BUCs. The run left me feeling queasy which affected the level of speed which I could maintain but this is something to bear in mind when training for my next race. I would definitely recommend Grays to experienced and first time athletes as there is a lovely supportive atmosphere. Overall I came 40/60 women, and given the level of experience a great deal of the women have I was very pleased with my personal progress.”

Jack Bristow (Men’s Captain and Publicity Secretary 2014-2015, Athletics Union President 2015-2016)

Birmingham Sprint Triathlon / Sutton Park Birmingham / 19.07.2015

“After a couple of weeks cycling in the French Alps I returned to Britain and was looking to get some racing in my legs before the Worthing triathlon, which was my first major goal of the season. I had been invited to take part in the sprint distance elite race at the city of Birmingham triathlon. I made a tactical error on the swim by starting on the wrong end of the start line, and lost time to the main group. However, the hard yards in France paid off and I was flying on the bike, moving up to third place. I was then able to extend my lead over 4th place on the run to ensure that I fiinished comfortably on the podium, though I was never able to challenge for 2nd or 1st. My result gave me confidence going into Worthing.”

Worthing Sprint Triathlon / Worthing / 26.07.2015

“Worthing was a European qualifier event, and my main goal for this season was to qualify. The sea swim did not play to my strengths and my inexperience with sea swimming showed. I found myself swimming to get through and survive rather than actually racing. However, I again felt fantastic on the bike. It was a slow day with a mostly uphill run out to the turning point and then a headwind on the way back, which helped me. I then settled into the run much quicker than I usually do and felt comfortable the whole way round, despite running the 10K in 36 and a half minutes. The rain was just starting as I sprinted to the line, 3rd in my age group and just 6 seconds behind 2nd. I’m absolutely thrilled to have qualified for next year’s european championships in Lisbon. It was disappointing though that I matched the overall winner on the bike and the run but lost six minutes on the swim, so I know what I need to work on going forward.”

Congratulation to both – its awesome to see our members achieving their goals in style over the course of the season. Keep checking here for more updates!