Race Report: Hever Castle Middle Distance and Olympic Distance events
Submitted by mattbee on 22/10/2015 09:13
The Gauntlet (by Jane Wiley)
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.
||64 / 6th female
||126/ 13th female
||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
VOTE FOR JANE WILEY AS BEST AGA ATHLETE IN THE BTF AWARDS!