One of the great things about being a triathlete is the opportunity to compete in a variety of swim, bike and run races. Last weekend was a good example of this for Peak XV Triathletes who were competing in some very different races with mixed results!
First off on Saturday were the athletes competing at the wonderful Sundowner Half Ironman event. This triathlon is held at Allerthorpe Water Park located just outside of York. The Sundowner has a great end of season vibe with the main event starting at a very sociable 12.30pm and the organisers putting a great deal of effort in making the evening a success. With a fancy marquee, food, live music and onsite camping all contributing to making it a great way to end the season.
Peak XV had competitors taking part in the individual event and also a female relay dream team. First the good news! Catherine Labrianidis was attempting to retain her trophy in the Female category for the third consecutive year. In absolutely horrendous weather conditions Cath completed the race in 5.13 over 13 minutes ahead of second place! In the mens field Dave Marsh actually managed to complete a race without any apparent injury or incident. This ends a season filled with unfortunate incidents whilst either training or racing. The highlight being tripping over a cone during a early season duathlon followed shortly afterwards by throwing himself of his bike during training. Although Dave’s injuries were more embarrassing than life threatening they did put pay to consistency during early season training and he’s been playing catch up ever since! Dave’s finishing time of 5.09 saw him finish in daylight and back in the beer tent in time to join the DNF party.
Things didn’t go quite so well for the Dream Team comprising of Sue Hayes, Anna Smith and Emma Flynn. Their race started well with Sue making a return to competitive triathlon after a break of 12 years. Sue exited the water in a time of 33.15 ready to hand over the baton only to be met by a bewildered Anna still in her gold wellies rather than her cycling shoes. A leaking valve extension (see picture) on the front wheel and a serious lack of technical knowledge ended their race before a peddle had been turned! After a series of failed attempts to fix the problem there decision was taken that the only option was to abandon the race, switch from competitor to supporters and head to the comfort and warmth of the beer tent for the rest of the day and night!
Sunday saw the inaugural Bolton Half Marathon. This event is a precursor to what will hopefully be the return of the Bolton Marathon after a 30 year absence. The event attracted over 500 runners on what was a fast course taking in quite a lot of the IM Uk route. Among the competitors was Matthew Dewhurst who is enjoying a successful and busy few weeks of racing. Matt completed the 13.1 mile route in 1.31 a time nine minutes inside his previous personal best.
Despite Sundowner taking over 5 hours to complete, the prize for the longest time racing goes to Richard Sutcliffe who took part in the Windermere One Way swim. As the name suggests the swim is from one end of lake Windermere to the other a total distance (assuming that the competitors swim in a straight line) of 10 miles. A fact which seems to have come as a surprise to Richard whose typically understated response to “how was it” was “I learned that Lake Windermere is B****y long” and that “I’d had enough by 8 miles”. Sympathy award this week however, goes to his “Supporting Paddler” Grant Guernsey who provided safety cover for the whole of the 6hr 32 minutes that it took Rich to complete the race, an experience that he described as feeling longer than Ironman!
So there you have it was a mixed weekend a combination of DNF, DNS, CBA, podiums and SMH**
** Sunday Morning Hangover