With the triathlon season in full swing our triathletes have been busy across the country competing in a range of events. Here’s how some have them have been getting along.
Ollie Thorogood – Welsh Aquathlon Championships
“The swim was a two lap course in the sea with a run along the beach in between the laps. On the second lap one of the buoys had blown away which meant there was a bit of chaos! I managed to get out the sea in first about 20 seconds ahead and my transition practice the day before paid off. I extended the gap on the run to win by over a minute. I was really pleased because it was my first race in the senior age group and with an open water swim!
Beth Joslin – Blenheim Palace Triathlon
“It was fantastic taking part once again at Blenheim Triathlon. I absolutely loved the race; the bike and run were circuits through the stunning grounds and the swim took place in the lake just outside of the palace. Despite a PB in the swim and bike, I just missed out on a medal, coming 4th in my age category (20-24yrs). A fantastic day out, I can’t recommend it enough to beginners and elite!”
Jack Bristow – Dambuster Triathlon
“This was a tough race with an incredibly competitive field as it was the final race where you could qualify for the 2016 age group world championships in Cozumel, Mexico. The wind made conditions out on the bike quite tough but I was able to move up the field before the run although the last 3K in particular was a slog to the finish line. In the end I finished 22nd overall and 8th in the 20-24 age group, which although slightly disappointing made me realise I need to make the most of a long training block before the British age group championships at Tri Liverpool in August.
The silver lining was that I did qualify for the world championships, but I have decided not to go due to cost and also that I only qualified because faster athletes did not register their intent to qualify. If I ever go to a world championship I want to feel like I’ve earned my right to be there.
Alex Foyn – Time Trial Series
“I’ve been riding a Time Trial series league this summer. There is an event each week for 10 miles. I’ve been gradually chipping away at my time, and managed to set a new Pb last week at 24:29. Each week depends a lot on the weather but as my fitness improves, hopefully I can improve again on my time before the end of summer.
Alice Carr – Dewa Divvas Triathlon
“This was undoubtedly my favourite triathlon to have competed in so far. Supposedly the best all female triathlon in the country it was great to race in such a relaxed and friendly atmosphere with the added bonus of calm sunny conditions. This was also my first open water race which consisted of a swim in the river Dee in Chester (not as bad as I thought it might be!) Overall I finished 2nd in my age group (20-24yrs) and 19th overall. This will definitely be an event I hope to compete in again next year!”
Ellen P-K – Aquathlon Series
“I did a series of aquathlons this summer, consisting of a 700m open water swim and a 5km run. Swimming in a lake/pond with geese isn’t quite the same as clear blue sea and dolphins… but it was still fun! I managed to come first female in both races and enjoyed the flat 5km run route. I have entered my first full triathlon this summer which might be a different story to the aquathlons as I’ve only been on a couple of cycles and still getting used to the cleats on my bike. I’m enjoying doing more races and putting my training and coaching into practice!
Ollie Teenan – Salty Sea Dog Triathlon
“I did the Salty Sea dog late June, and had a solid race. I came out of the water 7th, and felt pretty strong on the bike. By the end of the bike I’d managed to catch a few people and so came in 4th off the bike. I had a solid run of just under 18 minutes and managed to finish 3rd, beating my time last year by about 5 minutes. I was really happy with this as I’m building towards the longer distance races including the Xman intro this weekend and Weymouth 70.3”
Sam Wyatt-Hains – GeoPark Triathlon
“I entered the sprint distance event which consisted of a 750m sea swim, 24k cycle, 6k run. Both the cycle and the run were incredibly hilly and very challenging. A very stereotypical Devon triathlon! The sprint distance had a field of 90, and I came in 8th position”.