University of Exeter Aquathlon Race Report

Yesterday saw the latest Aquathlon in the Exeter Aquathlon Series, and the first time in the last few years the event hasn’t clashed with BUCS, taking place in the university’s Cornwall House Swimming Pool. It was fantastic to see so many members taking a break from revision to get stuck into the 600m swim and 5km run. The run was particularly tough taking in a double accent of Exeter University’s infamous and aptly named Cardiac Hill on its double lap around campus. Despite this, 87 competitors in total completed the race, of those, 19 were members of EUTriC. The results really demonstrate the strength in depth of the talent at the club at the moment. Despite missing out on the overall win, the club took positions 2-5 in the overall results.

First overall was taken by Donald Brooks of Exeter Triathlon Club with dominant performances in both the run and the swim, posting the fastest swim time of the event with 7:25 for the 600m. EUTriC’s Tim Gordon was next home, a fantastic run of 16:32 of the back of a strong swim saw him take a well-deserved second overall and age-group win. The run was the fastest in the competition, giving Tim the total time of 25:21. Alumni and Double Series champion, Ollie Thorogood was next, edged out by Tim by just one second into 3rd place. He put in strong performances in both the run and swim to finish in 25:22. Josh Alculumbre took forth in a fantastic time of 25:52, completing the sub 26-minute trio. Alex Foyn was 5th, he had a strong swim but was slightly off the pace of the top 4 on the run to finish in 27:17.

Just shy of a top-ten spot was Jake Keast in 11th, he put in great performances across both disciplines to finish in 11th overall in 29:39. Alastiar Smith had a good race to place 22nd with a great run, finishing just over in 30 minutes. Brian Tai and Oli Kent were next, Brian with a stellar swim of 08:16 helping him to 25th overall while Oli finish in a very commendable 33:09. The race to be our first girl home was a tight one with Beth Lewis just edging out Elise Metcalf by 3 seconds in the end to finish in 33:40. They were 10th and 11th placed females respectively. Bizzy had a fantastic race to claim our third top-female spot, backing up a good swim with a strong run to finish in 35:37.

Rob Porter had a good race despite a few mishaps to come home in 36:04; he was closely followed by Freddie Leith overcoming an injury to put in a good performance finishing in 36:22. Alumnus, Hilary Davey, had a good swim helping her to a time of 36:52. The next trio to finish were Livvy Moorey just over 37 minutes, Charlotte Diffey edging out Allan Truman by just one second for 37:33. Allan was enjoying the run so much he ran past the finish on his was to a third lap, costing him a few seconds. Joseph Chan was next in 40:53, followed by Issy Defillion putting in a solid performance for 43:52.

A big thank you to the organisers at Exeter Triathlon club and the volunteers and helpers for a fantastic event. Also, thanks to some of our members who turned out to watch, the support was much appreciated!