After a highly successful meet at Dawlish, The University of Exeter Triathlon Club were looking forward to a another strong showing against a similar field in Sidmouth. With the landmark event on the club calendar – the BUCS Sprint less than 2 months away, practice in the pool and on the run at a race such as this can prove to be invaluable. With 11 athletes competing from the squad, this was another hotly contested event, and again EUTriC acquitted themselves admirably.
Racing out of sync in an extremely early wave due to work commitments, Jack Bristow did not have the pressure of performing against his immediate competitors, but still wanted to notch a strong time overall. He said, “I went into this race feeling in decent form, with all my preparations for the summer [Jack is competing in the European Championships in Lisbon] going in the right direction. My swim again felt strong, although I possibly went off a little too hard and spent the first part of the run trying to recover a little bit. I finished strongly and felt I had put in a good performance but was disappointed to only finish 6th, even though I improved on my time from last year by over a minute.” As well as this, with a second place showing at the Dartington Duathlon the next week, Jack will surely be pleased with his two performances.
The change to the format of the swimming waves this year meant that our athletes raced extremely close to one another, with most of the squad in the pool and on the run between 9.30am and 10am. Returning from injury, Club Captain Ollie Teenan raced well, saying “my first multisport race of the year saw me swim a PB and a seasons best 5km – Setting the fastest time I have ever set in an aquathlon by almost 2 minutes. I really enjoyed the whole race.” Aside from strong performances by club veterans, Morgan Freeman and Lizzie Hobbs represented the club for the first time, with both posting extremely solid run times, with Morgan’s being his 5km PB. Morgan afterwards said; “I Really enjoyed the day, it had a casual feel, but was still a competitive race. It waas great to be supported and compete with the rest of the club.” Meanwhile, Ashley Jones, Ellen Pitcairn-Knowles and Quang Tran, all club first years raced for the second time in the Aquathlon series. After the race, Quang said, “Sidmouth was a good race for me, pushing the run was tough but in the end I managed to knock 2 minutes off my time from Dawlish- which I’m very happy with!”
Finishing up the day were more experienced members of the squad, including Alice Carr, Beth Joslin, Jamie Pocock and Ollie Thorogood, who took the overall 1st place in Dawlish last month. Alice posted an extremely strong swim time of 08:45 to finish 8th in the Womens’ Category, whilst Beth replicated her form in Dawlish with a Third Place finish. Elsewhere, in a Mens’ field which was far more competitive than Dawlish, Jamie Pocock did well to finish in the top 20, with equally commendable run and swim times. Ollie Thorogood meanwhile replicated his form in February and should be extremely pleased with his second place finish overall.
Overall another successful performance by the club, and we look forward to Dawlish in early April!