The BUCS Sprint Triathlon is one of three BUCS races the University of Exeter Triathlon Club compete in, so its significance shouldn’t be understated. For a sizeable proportion of our competitors, the 750m Swim, 25km Bike and 5km Run would be their first full Triathlon. Moreover, for some of our fastest athletes this year, this would be the last time they would compete at the annual race in Calne. Whereas last year, the Sprint was marred by torrential rain, this year the weather was far more agreeable, with a slight headwind halfway along the bike course being the only mild complaint.
First off racing were Charlotte Burton and Matt Hacke in early swim waves. Charlotte swam steady and put in some solid times on the Bike and the Run to finish just shy of 1:40. Hacke meanwhile, renowned for his extremely sloppy freestyle managed to make up time on the Bike, and was happy to finish with 1:26 overall.
Over a busy lunchtime Ashley Jones, Morgan Freeman and Chris James raced from the Mens’ Team whilst Alice Carr, Beth Joslin and Emily Burnell from the Womens’ Team. Each of the males were racing a Triathlon for the first time and all coped admirably with the demands of the competition. Meanwhile, the Womens’ Team did equally well, with Beth finishing as our top Female Competitor with 1:29 and 66th Position. Experience played a factor in their building on their performances last year, with Alice saying that more efficient pacing and transition allowed her to cut into her time on the bike from last year by 5 minutes. All in all a strong performance at midday.
In the later session Exeter fielded 7 Athletes, Alex Foyn, Jamie Pocock, Oliver Teenan, Quang Tran, Harry Preston and Jack Bristow from the Mens’ Team, with Eliza Gilchrist racing also from the Womens’. Alex and Jamie both unsurprisingly performed well across all three disciplines, both finishing comfortably under 1:25, with Alex a few seconds off the 1:20 barrier. Quang meanwhile, doing his first Triathlon put in a strong display to finish just under 1:30. Eliza equally had a solid race, including an extremely quick swim at 11:13.
Harry, Ollie and Jack would form the Top Three from Exeter which came to finish a commendable 18th in the Overall Male Standings. Racing in his last BUCS Sprint, Ollie kept the intensity through all three disciplines, posting a powerful 18:49 run to finish his event. Harry conversely, whilst an experienced Triathlete was racing at his first BUCS Triathlon, but displayed his clear experience with a 1:11 finish overall. Jack finally took pole position from Exeter, finishing at 35th place with 1:09. Jack was extremely happy with his race, notably in posting his best 5km run time of the calendar year so far in the process.
After the Sprint EUTriC are still going to extremely busy over the coming weeks so keep updated here for more information. With the Exe Valley Triathlon on May 15 coming soon, we will also take athletes to the BUCS Standard Race in Southport. What’s more, Harry and Jack will be competing in the prestigious ETU Triathlon in Lisbon at the end of May.