Race Report: Hever Castle Middle Distance and Olympic Distance events

The Gauntlet (by Jane Wiley)
1900m Swim 
90km Bike
21km Run
 
I was a last week entry – hesitant about the weather. I needn’t have been concerned about the weather but perhaps worried a bit more about the terrain. It was Cath Linney’s debut at the distance – and remarked after that it was the most  horrible experience she has ever had. She did have a cold. Nevertheless she did a star performance.  It IS a seriously tough course – without a doubt tougher than Wimbleball. ButI loved it – close to home; roads we knew ; fun atmosphere. There were nearly 600 participants.
 
The sun shone ( too brightly) on the swim; 2 laps of a series of the classic local climbs ( Forcombe, Groombridge, Ashdown reverse etc) followed by a very muddy, hilly, twisty off road run. But ‘hats off’ to the organisors for creating a wonderful atmosphere – exemplified by the chatty, informed chatter of our own Mike Clyne on the microphone.
 
Name Overall Position AG Position Time
Cath Linney 64 / 6th female 1st V40 6:01:15
Jane Wiley 126/ 13th female 1st V50 6:25:31
Phil Abbot 132 27th V40 6:27:56
Dan Goscomb very fast swim /bike but pulled a muscle on the run
 
The Olympic race started later and was on part of the course  used by The Gauntlet: over 1000 participants a healthy group of club members:
  • Ben Stepney
  • Shaun Mullen
  • Ian Trim
  • Keith Sullivan
  • Laura Endicott
  • Liz Windsor 

 

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