On the 20th of November 22 of our athletes took part in the BUCS Duathlon at Castle Combe Racing Circuit, Calne. The race involved a 2mile run, 10 mile bike and another 2 mile run of which the freezing cold conditions did not make any easier. It was fantastic to have so many people representing the club which for many was their first time taking part in a multi-discipline event. Both the boys and girls raced fantastically and we were exceptionally proud to have three finishers in the top 100 for the both the boys and girls. On the boys side a special mention goes to Jack Bond who finished in 24th place in what was a very competitive field! Harry Preston and Alex Foyn also did well finishing in 56th and 73rd place in times of 47:19 and 47:46. On the girls side Ellen P-K was our first girl home, finishing in 65th place in a time of 55:35. She was closely followed by Alice Carr and Lizzie Hobbs who finished 76th and 86th in times of 64:04 and 56:40. We’d also like to give a special mention to Eliza and Kate who unfortunately had to pull out last minute with injuries but came anyway and were fantastic supporters!
Here’s how some of our athletes found the event:
Finn: “Admittedly, I wasn’t looking forward to BUCS, given that the night before Storm Angus was making itself known on my bedroom window. Yet on race day Castle Combe was a completely different story with its brilliant atmosphere. Aside from Loughborough, many there were doing their first multi-event race which created a competitive yet friendly pre-race feel. In retrospect, I thoroughly enjoyed racing among some incredibly tidy bikes and would extend an encouraging arm to anyone considering doing it next year (even if it is to just look at some bike porn).”
Lizzie: “Having never ever done a race on the bike before, coupled with the freezing cold and stormy weather the night before, I was absolutely petrified for BUCS. Yet the nerves turned out to be totally unfounded despite the brief hour of pain in the middle. It was a lovely day and so nice to all travel together, compete together and support each other (even if I did get overtaken by a girl 10m from the finish line!!)It was amazing to have such a massive quad taking part!”
Grace: “Sunday was my first race as part of Exeter University Triathlon club. I wasn’t sure what to expect and I was initially a little intimidated, especially due to the challenging conditions! However as soon as I began and realized the huge range of ability, I began to fully enjoy it and aimed to focus on getting a pb (which wasn’t hard as it was my first race!). Overall the day was hugely fun with a really great atmosphere; can’t wait for the next one!
Harry: “This was the coldest race I’ve ever done without a doubt, you don’t notice until you come in to T2 and can’t physically undo your helmet as your fingers are frozen solid! The race went well for me but as expected, little time on the bike over the last 3 months took its toll. However a strong run to finish ensured I placed with a faster time and position than last year.
Ellen: “The bike course was flat and fast, it was nice having people around you all the time compared to a normal triathlon race. I went off a bit fast but once I had settled down into the race I really enjoyed it. It was great having all the girls in the same wave, also good for a bit of friendly competition. A great day out with a good race too!”