On August 3rd 2014, Julie Rose Stadium Ashford was the location of the second Owler Triathlon. This year there were several events on the same day. Three Triathlons - Full and half ironman distance and a Sprint. Two Aquabikes (swim/bike) - full and half iron distance. I was doing the half ironman triathlon as my second middle distance race this year. Clive Bradburn took on the half ironman aquabike. After competing in the world championships in Hyde Park last year, Clive has had to back off the running because of knee problems, so the aquabike was ideal for him.
It's a very good event. Well run and in a good location. The run goes right through the McArthur Glen Outlet Centre. Marshals blow whistles and the shoppers get out of the way. We even ran right through the middle of the food court scattering the McDonalds queue as each athlete went past. The support was really good. Most of the shoppers really got into the spirit of it. The finish on the track at the Julie Rose Stadium is a great back drop and TriSpirit events laid on free non-alcoholic beer and a buffet for finishing athletes. I would definitely recommend this race for 2015. It could even be one of the candidates for the club champs. It is great for supporters. The options for aquabikes could also be attractive for those carrying running injuries. I can think of several club members who would have blown the field away had they entered !
Dave Truman 6:13. 3rd in AG.
Clive Bradburn 4:14. 1st in AG.