Last week members of the triathlon club headed to Castle Combe race circuit near Chippenham to compete in their first BUCS multi-sport event of the year, however it wasn’t actually in triathlon! The BUCS Duathalon, which consists of; running, cycling, and then running again, is a great chance for many new members to get used to multisport competing before they fully partake in a BUCS Triathalon.
The Men had some really strong results along with many first timers also taking part. Jack Shayler finished in an impressive 12th place, which was reward for all his training over the last few weeks. Next home for UoB was Harry Dexter who had a strong second run to finish 41st, this was particularly impressive after also racing in Liverpool the day before. Dan Shepherd and Dan Madden came into transition 2 together and battled it out on the second run. Both managed to squeeze into the Top 50 which they both thoroughly deserved and seemed happy with. The two first timers competed excellently, Mark Chaney-Baxter had a strong first run and put in a solid display in his first ever Duathlon, and is feeling motivated to enter more. While Ollie Evans had a great race in his first ever BUCS race which much more to come over the next few years.
There was also another wave of competitors who did equally as well. Henry Granthan-Wright came home in Top 10 in his wave battling through some knee pain and showed everyone why Tuesday circuits are such an important training session. Matt Bailey had a strong bike nearly catching Henry over the 3 lap bike course. Dan Greenhouse had a strong first run and pushed through the pain to produce an impressive sprint finish. Ben Bliss really enjoyed his race and managed to negative split his runs! Ben Forrest also had a great race, with some issues in transition not stopping him finishing strongly and putting in a race to be proud of. Aivaras smashed his first multi sport event and paced his bike laps really evenly.
The Women also delivered extremely strong perfomances, showing off the effects of the first term of training! Yet again, Hannah Hobbs stormed the field coming in as our first female in an incredible 8th place! Flora Johnson was not far behind, finishing only 2 minutes after Hannah and delivered a particularly impressive cycle to help improve her position and overall time as she came in in 23rd position. Abbie Saker also gave it her all, producing an impressive race while Hannah Hall performed well to come home in 63rd position. Vice President Annie Hart really enjoyed the race and was pretty pleased with her times after the last few weeks of calf issues as she finished inside the top 90. Annie, wasn’t the only one with injury niggles, as Ellon Hart fought through the pain throughout the whole race as she finished just outside the 46 minutes. Illness had plagued Naomi Baker all week but soon perked up with a very impressive when she got running allowing her to fly through the bike. Elsa Frangleton gave an incredible performance in her first duathlon and BUCS debut and despite appearing nervous, Izzy Barker’s first duathlon (pictured) was also huge success. Both looked very impressive and set up great foundations for the coming years.
The club would also like to thank all the supporters and parents who came down to keep moral up and for keeping the team going through the tough moments on the course! A big thank you also has to go to UoB race coordinator, Dan Madden. for organising everything and getting the team to the venue and signed on in good time. Overall it was an awesome day with brilliant performances from all of the team and they are all really looking forward to the BUCS Triathlon’s later in the season where they will be even stronger as a team!