With the Triathlon season running throughout the long summer vacation, the Dawlish meet on Sunday 20th September may seem like an extremely early race in the University calendar, but in fact, it was an opportunity for our competitors to sign off their schedule on a high. With the first BUCs race of the academic year a few months away, strong performances were integral, before the club began base work for the inter-University Duathlon (Run – Cycle – Run) which is taking place at Castle Combe on November 22nd.
Fortunately, the three athletes who competed, Jack Bristow, Ollie Teenan and Jamie Pocock excelled in an extremely competitive field, with Jack taking first place overall in the standard distance. As they braved foggy conditions on the swim and an early-morning cold snap to race, here is what they thought of their efforts.
Jack Bristow: Standard Distance: 1st Place.
“I knew going into the race that I was in good form on the swim and the bike, but I’d been recovering from a running injury and wasn’t sure how I’d go. As it was I had a large lead at the end of the bike leg. I kept expecting someone to come past me on the run, but when there was no one near me at 9k I could settle down and enjoy to run in to take my first ever win. This great result gives me a lot of confidence going into the winter training phase ready for next season.”
Ollie Teenan: Standard Distance: 25th Place
“As the final race of the season it was a shame that have the swim shortened. It also meant everybody came out together on the head bike which made it difficult to ride your own race. Eventually I managed to get into rhythm and started passing people from my weaker swim. Going out onto the hehe run hard I started passing more people but pushed a bit too hard too early meaning I didn’t quite get under 40 minutes for the run. The race was well organised and really enjoyable and a fantastic end to my season.”
Jamie Pocock: Sprint Distance: 43rd Place
“This was my second triathlon but my first open water swim so I was a little nervous going into the race, but overall I was really pleased. The swim went much better than expected and I came out in the first few places in my wave. I felt ok on the bike but really need to practise my time trialling as it was my weakest discipline. The run went well and I was able to pass lots of competitors and ended up coming 23rd in my age category. The race was loads of fun and I’d definitely recommend it to anyone, especially if you’ve never done a triathlon before.”