Club Middle Distance Champs - Sussex Tri - 22 June

There were only 3 of us from the club on the start line – after the race had to be changed; injuries and conflicts – but this shouldn’t belie the effort made on behalf of each of the 3 of us. Ashburnham is a very pretty location but a tough course – hilly bike and hilly, windy off road run.  Dave Truman started with a back injury and having been told by Doctor and coach not to do the run. Sarah Jones was doing her 3rd ever attempt at the distance after a good result in Mallorca 70.3 – and I was doing my third middle distance/half IM in 3 weeks.

The atmosphere was good as there was a sprint ( Paul Cherry was 8th overall and second in age) and Olympic event concurrent with ours.  Swim was a bit convoluted – going in and out of buoys. I enjoyed the bike course – and even managed to increase my speed on each of the 4 lap descents (familiarity!). I came in to T2 as second lady – just – and was quickly passed by a lovely lady who had passed me on the descents but I made up time on the climbs. Turns out her mother is my age. You know your’e really old when people say ‘ so how old are you’? I was in fact the oldest in the whole event!  At the beginning of the run I felt ok but I didn’t have the energy I had had the last 2 Sundays. I was keeping the 1st 2 ladies in my site and could see the lady in 4th closing in on me – she passed me on the last lap to take 3rd , leaving me in 4thoverall by 40 secs – had the kick last week but not this week.  Dave had a good race – although I couldn’t believe he stopped to chat with me as he grabbed some water – but then the guy in second stopped to chat with his wife – allowing Dave to pass him for 2nd. Sarah had a taste of how hard some courses are – and can now officially be called an experienced middle distance triathlete – having earned a top 10 result!      

(Jane Wiley)

    Category Swim T1 Bike T2 Run Finish
16 Jane Wiley 1 F55-59 34:24   2:47:12 1:12 1:43:25 5:06:14
57 Dave Truman 2 M50-54 39:20   3:16:00 1:47 1:57:02 5:54:10
64 Sarah Jones 1 F30-34 39:02   3:24:00 5:12 2:06:22 6:15:14

Full results are here

Dave relaxing with the oldest competitor in the race

Sarah in action