BUCS Sprint Triathlon May 1 2016

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.

Sidmouth Aquathlon March 13 2016

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!