Triathlon Festival Weekend looks set to be the biggest yet.
This year the Island’s Triathlon Festival Weekend will be taking place on the weekend of May 9th and 10th based at Ramsey Swimming Pool. Around 100 individuals will start the race in the Pool at 9.00am on Saturday the 9th and Sunday sees a similar number of teams take to the same course at the same start time.
The race will consist of a 750m swim (there is also a 400m option for 1st time triathletes) followed by a 20km cycle loop around Bride and Andreas and a 5km run around the Mooragh Park area. Both the cycle and run can be tough if the weather isn’t favourable but when the sun shines, as we’re sure it will, it is glorious for competitors and spectators alike.
Spectators can expect good competition between the established Manx champion Andrew Nash, age 26, and the young pretender Joe Ricciardi, age 18. Although I’m sure veterans like Juan Kinley and Russell Collister won’t let them have it all their own way! Andrew competed in the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, opposite the Brownlee brothers.
In the women’s race Becky Storrie will be looking to repeat her triumph of last year but Karen Shimmin has had a good winter of running and will undoubtedly push her all the way.
Entries for individuals are now full, however, entries are still open for the Team race. Entries can be submitted online at www.manxtriclub.com and will close Friday 1st May.
Report by Ms Harrison
Entries are now open for the 2015 Microgaming IOM Triathlon Championships.
As usual, there will be races over both the Sprint and Standard distances, with Team and Individual categories in each.
The Swim will be held in the Mooragh Park Lake, which is a perfect introduction to open water swimming for any 1st Time Triathletes. The cycle course goes towards Bride and Andreas and back to Ramsey with 1 lap for the Sprint and 2 laps for the Standard. The run takes place in and around the Mooragh Park area, so spectators and supporters can watch all of the elements of the race.
If anyone can provide a marshal for the event that would be very much appreciated
Sprint Distance 750m Swim Course
The cycle and run courses are the same for both distances. Sprint Cycle = 1 lap Standard Cycle = 2 laps Sprint Run = 2 laps Standard Run = 4 laps
Teams Enter Here
Individuals Enter Here
The Individual Sprint Event is now full, but Places are still available in the Team Event for Sunday 10th May. This was a great fun event last year with 280 competitors taking part. Teams of 2 or 3 can take part and the minimum age for competitors is 15yrs. You can enter via the on-line Link below or by downloading the form (in the Microgaming Triathlon Festival Weekend article).
The Manx Tri Club will be hosting the annual Junior Triathlon event at the NSC on Saturday 11th April 2015.
The Event is open to children between the Ages of 8yrs & 14yrs (with the age being determined as at 31st Dec 2015)
The capacity for this event is limited to 100 children and so entries will be accepted on a 1st come basis.
The Notice and Entry Form for the event can be downloaded here
Entries are now open for the Microgaming Sprint Triathlon Festival Weekend
Following last year's record entries, Manx Tri Club are once again running the popular Sprint races at Ramsey Swimming Pool.
The Individual's Event will be held on Saturday 9th May - Start Time 09:00 THIS EVENT IS NOW FULL
The main event will be the Classic Sprint distance 'A' Race, with distances of 750m Swim (30 lengths) / 20k Cycle and a 5k Run
Additionally a separate Shortened Swim 'B' Race will also be held, where the swim is reduced to 400m (16 lengths), but the Cycle and Run distances and courses remain the same (minimum age 15 years).
Individual On-Line Entry
The Team Event will be held on Sunday 10th May - Start Time 09:00, where the swim distance will be 750m. Teams may consist of 2 or 3 competitors, with a minimum age of 15 years. This was a great spectacle last year where 280 competitors took part.
Entries Close on 1st May, or sooner for the Individual Event once at capacity. Enter below on-line with the 'Register Now!' button, or by printing off the Entry Forms at the end of this article. There are reduced entry fees for Club Members. If you have not yet renewed your membership you can do this using the On-Line link on the About Us Tab at the top of the Page
Team On-Line Entry
Andrew Nash is a British Triathlon Level 2 coach and would like to offer swim coaching to Manx Tri Club athletes on a Wednesday evening 8pm - 9:30pm at the NSC.
The Tri Club would have the use of 3 lanes of the pool and the sessions would be tailored for ability groups.
The sessions would be £40 for ten weeks or £6 for an individual session. This is to cover pool hire.
It is proposed that the sessions start on Wednesday 21st Jan 2015.
Jill Bunyan & Steve Kennaugh both took part in the inaugural Ironman Barcelona early in October.
After a 30 minute delay at the start due to torrential rain and a lightning storm, the swim got underway in somewhat choppy conditions, with the ladies starting shortly after the pros. The bike course was still partially flooded around the town of Calella and a mud slide had had to be quickly cleared off the course!
Jill had an excellent swim, exiting the sea in 1:10:50 to come 2nd in her age group, also beating some of the lady pros. An overall finish time of 12:51:27 gave her 13th in her age group.
Steve also had a great time for his first swim over this distance, being only a couple of minutes behind, but struggled on the bike leg (he did not know at the time that he was a full blown Type I diabetic!)
Jill's splits were: Swim 1:10:50 , Bike 6:12:30 and Run 5:18:43, Finish 12:51:27.
Steve's splits were: Swim 1:12:57 , Bike 6:50:21 and Run 4:56:27, Finish 13:10:40.
Working in conjunction with Microgaming, the Institute of Sport are arranging a presentation by Jamil Qureshi, a World renowned Sports Psychologist and Performance Coach. Jamil has worked with, amongst others, The European Ryder Cup Team (as well as Rory McIlroy and Lee Westwood on a personal level), three Premier League Football Clubs and Formula One racing drivers. This will take place on Wednesday 12th November at the Gaiety Theatre, starting at 19.00. Admission is free but you must book. See more Order Tickets HERE
The Tri Club is hosting it's Annual Winter Off-Road Duathlon Challenge on Sunday 30th November in South Barrule Plantation.
The Event comprises a 3 km Run, a 15 km Bike and a further 3 km Run around the Fire Tracks and part of the Mountain Bike Trail course - course maps will be available shortly. Race Instructions will be issued 2 weeks before the event.
Entries will be limited to first 100 to register. Enter on-line using the Register Now link below or download an Entry Form here
Two more Manx athletes completed their first Ironman this weekend at the holiday Island of Mallorca, although I am guessing it was no holiday!
Riszard Komasa of the NSC representing his home country Poland did a tremendous swim, considering it was non wetsuit, in 1:02:08. A bike of 5:45:51 and run of 4:17:51 gave an overall time of 11:15:42. This was good enough for 133rd in age group (M40-44) and 704 overall.
Also on their first full distance race was a well prepared Gaynor Evans. Her splits were: Swim 1:18:36, Bike 7:54:47, and run 4:42:41 giving an overall time of 14:17:25.
18th in age group (W50-54) and 1,792 overall. 2,554 athletes took part.
The event was won by Britain’s Tim Don in 8:34:02.
Winter is coming fast, so to put some fun into the week Andrew Roche is putting on 14 sessions of turbo nights.
Start thinking of 2015 now and getting yourself into action, with the group sessions these can really help with motivation through our sometimes less than perfect winter weather.
Starting on the 19th of November from Bunscoill Rhumsaa sessions will start at 7PM sharp. Please be there early enough to set up.
There will be 14 sessions with a break over the Christmas period. These are intended for any fitness level as you can make it as hard or easy as you like.
He will have a variety of video and audio motivation on hand.
Sign up now and let the fun/pain, not sure which one, begin!
Any full sign up's will also receive 15% off 1 full Retül bike fitting.
Karen Shimmin and Andy Page both contested Ironman Wales at the weekend. As the first Iron distance race for them both, they did not choose an “easy” one. The event, now in its 4th year, is renowned for its tough bike and run but this year also comprised a choppy swim.
As expected, Karen, competing in the 18 – 24 year age group, had an excellent swim, exiting the sea in 1:07:32 that would give her fastest in her age group, mixing it with the back end of the lady pros. A bike split of 7:08:58, run of 5:00:09 and finish time of 13:34:11 gave her a superb second in age group and 781 overall with a field size of 1,850.
Andy’s splits were: Swim 1:04:15 , Bike 7:49:09 and Run 4:25:38, Finish 13:46:38, placing him 134th in the 45-49 age group and 861st Overall.
Full results here
A small Manx Tri Club contingent travelled to Bala at the weekend to contest the European Qualifying Standard Distance Tri. This is a regular favourite for Manx triathletes, on a generally flat course which has produced some fast times in the past. Competing in a field of 559 were Lynsey Elliot, Christine O’Shea, Wendy Sandford and Antony Bell-Scott.
Conditions were perfect for racing, with the early mist on the lake clearing to give a bright sunny day with little breeze to speak of.
Antony Bell-Scott completed the race 2 hours, 2 minutes and 2 seconds, but later has a 2 minute penalty added for drafting, which he vigorously disputed!! This placed him 5th in AG.
Lynsey Elliot achieved a new Personal Best time, finishing in 2 hours 24 minutes and 15 seconds, placing her 7th in AG.
Wendy Sandford had a solid race, to finish in 2 hours 35 minutes and 52 seconds, 11th in AG. Christine O’Shea also raced well, to finish in 2 hours, 38 minutes, 5 seconds, placing her 19th in AG.
Paul Swindale was meant to be competing but had to withdraw after breaking his toe in his mount line incident at the IOM Tri champs a week earlier.
Antony and Lynsey both achieved Island Games consideration times.
Well done to everyone who took part today over both the Sprint and Standard Distance races.
Read the final results here. A full report will follow
A very big thank you to all the Marshals who made the event possible. To Steve Shimmin for a lively and entertaining commentary. To Graham & Sue Hughes from Manx Timing Solutions for the timekeeping. To Red Scaffolding for the ramp. To Shane Martin from Greenmann Springs for the Water Station. To St. Johns Ambulance for the 1st Aid Cover. To Simon & Mike Reid from MannSail for the Kayak Water Safety cover and for permission to use the Lake. To Ramsey Town Commissioners for the Barriers and Ramsey Police with their assistance with the event. To Ramsey Rugby Club for the use of the Club House and finally to our sponsors Microgaming for helping to stage the event on this scale.
There were a number of lost property items at the end. If you think that any of these may be yours, please contact Juan Kinley on 486938 and he will arrange for their return:
Ladies Pink and’ Black Muddy Fox’ (cycling / running jacket).
Kids grey ‘Next’ hooded top (aged 9yrs)
Grey ‘Giro’ Rift cycling helmet
‘Lacoste’ Blue jumper with light blue horizontal stripes (Men’s Large)
It is looking likely that wetsuits will be optional. The Lake temperature was measured twice yesterday. In the morning it was 17°C and in the late afternoon it was 18°C.
The thresholds for a 1500m swim are 22°C, at which wetsuits are forbidden and 14°C, at which they become mandatory. It is unlikely that these thresholds will be exceeded before race day but the final decision will be made then.
Congratulations to Rob Parker (now 6 time Ironman finisher) and his mum, Di Parker and to Martyn Edwards, both 1st time Ironman competitors, who all completed the Copenhagen Ironman event on Sunday 24th August. Sounds like the weather conditions were very changeable and very challenging. Rob came home in 12:40:14 / Martyn in 12:54:16 and Diane in 15:54:16. Amazing effort by all of them.
“Ant Bell-Scott and Paul Swindale did the Salford standard distance at the weekend, in similar conditions to the Liverpool race, with heavy winds on the course and bouts of heavy rain, making a six lap bike course quite a challenge.
Despite advertising the course as fast, this is sadly not the case with a no overtaking area on the bike and a slightly long swim, however both IOM athletes performed strongly with Antony Bell-Scott powering through to take 8th out of over 450 athletes, in his first triathlon in nearly two years, in a time of 2.15.46 and Paul Swindale taking 1st in Age Group & 14th overall in a time of 2.19.33
Jill Bunyan & Steve Kennaugh competed in their first half iron distance event in Marlow on 20th July. Luckily the heatwave abated slightly before the start of the race but roadworks meant that the bike course had more hills in than expected. Final times were 5.48.57 (4th in age group) and 5.23.11 respectively.
The pair are now looking forward to IM Barcelona.
The IoM and Manx Tri Club were very well represented at Liverpool Triathlon, which was also the British National Championship Standard Distance event.
Congratulations have to go to all 18 Manxies who took part, 10 guys and 6 girls in the Standard distance and 2 in the Sprint distance events. The big question on the day was whether the aftermath of hurricane 'Bertha' would reach the NorthWest - the answer was YES!! It was horrible (although it was actually the Elite Races in the afternoon that suffered the worst of the weather on this occasion, rather than the Age Groupers).
The bad weather didn't stop the Team posting some fantastic results and fortunately everyone on the team finished safely and without any incidents. The full results can be found below, but here are a few of the headlines:
- Andrew Nash who retained his form to finish in under 2 hours (1:59:50) - 7th in his Age Group and 17th overall (from 683)
- Juan Kinely who won his Age Group in 2:08:02 to become British Age Group Champion 2014 and finished 79th overall
- Sam Brand completing his 1st Standard Distance in 2:04:45, with a fantastic run split of 33:35
- Karen Shimmin finishing 6th in her Age Group in 2:25:11
- Hannah Howitt finishing 4th in her Age Group
- Jospeh Ricciardi finishing 2nd in his Age Group in the Sprint race in 1:07:07 with the fastest bike split of the day (6th overall from 215)
- Rebecca Storrie winning her Age Group and finishing 20th overall (from 215 inc men)
Of course, we can't just mention the racing as Bertha didn't really set in until later in the day - the team and their 19 strong loyal support group then travelled home on the 5hr SeaCat journey in a Force 8!
Standard Distance Sprint Distance
Andrew Nash 1:59:50 (7th in AG from 67) Joseph Ricciardi 1:07:07 (2nd in AG from 6)
Sam Brand 2:04:45 (9th in AG from 37) Rebecca Storrie 1:13:18 (1st in AG from 1)
Juan Kinley 2:08:02 (Gold Age Group Medal)
Russ Collister 2:13:12 (16th in AG from 77)
Nigel Quaye 2:13:32 (22nd in AG from 80)
Kirstian Cowin 2:14:04 (23rd in AG from 80)
Chris Crellin 2:14:38 (12th in AG from 70)
Mark Nash 2:18:44 (30th in AG from 67)
Karen Shimmin 2:25:11 (6th in AG from 14)
Hannah Howitt 2:30:26 (Bronze Age Group Medal)
Wendy Sandford 2:36:18 (8th in AG from 15)
Amber Carridge 2:41:06 (12th in AG from 14)
Frank Harrison 2:41:35 (49th in AG from 70)
Christine O'Shea 2:42:48 (10th in AG from 16)
Jessie Carridge 2:45:59 (13th in AG from 14)
Chris Mallon 2:50:04 (59th in AG from 77)
Congratulations to Nigel Quaye who completed his first Ironman Event - Ironman Switzerland last weekend in a fantastic time of 10hrs 36m. Other than having a very long T1 (over 7 minutes) for forgetting/ losing his sunglasses, everything else went really smoothly. He had a strong swim, then he managed to hold a steady pace throughout the bike leg. Nigel has always been a strong runner and felt comfortable starting the run section, completing his marathon in 3hrs 50m.
Joseph Ricciardi was also back in action, competing at the London Junior Elite Sprint event on 3rd August, where the Age Group is 17-19 yrs. Joseph finished an excellent 11th in a time of 1:11:01
London also hosted it's Standard distance course, where Paul Swindale took 3rd place in the M45-49 category in 2:10:19 (68th overall from 4598) and Jon McGowan finished 10th in 2:15:10 (171st overall). Mark Dietrich, now a London resident, finished 33rd in the M35-39 category in 2:12:32
Joseph Ricciardi moved up from Sprints to complete his 1st Standard distance event at Sutton Park in Birmingham on 20th July, and managed to come home 1st in his Age Group and 8th overall (from 325). Hannah Howitt was also competing at the Standard distance, but was very disappointed to suffer a twisted knee on the bike leg and wasn't then able to complete the run.
Meanwhile, Mario Ricciardi started his venture into Individual Triathlon with an excellent 2nd place in Age Group and 11th overall (from 46) in the Super Sprint race at the same venue, finishing in 43:37
Congratulation also go to James Wright, who made his Ironman debut at Bolton finishing in a very credible time of 11:46:45 and placing him 53rd in Age Group and 255th (from 1900+)
Port Erin Bay was the venue for another Sea Swim at the weekend. Congratulations to Hannah Howitt, who wasn't just 1st Lady, but was 1st Overall in the 2.2 km event. Joseph Ricciardi was the 1st Male, and Illium Parnell was the 1st Junior.
Off Island, Karen Shimmin and Andy Page travelled to a Long Distance coaching course in Wales in preparation for Ironman Wales which takes place in Sept. The course included a 2.4 mile sea swim, which Andy completed in 54 mins & Karen just 1 min behind in 55 mins. The following day took in a 112 sportive around the IM Wales bike course, which Andy & Karen both managed in under 8 hours and then on the last day there was the option of a 1/2 Marathon and a Full Marathon. Andy completed the 1/2 in 1hr 47 and Karen did the full distance in 3hr 45mins.
Well done to Russ Collister who was 1st in Age Group and 8th overall (from 274) at the Foremarke Hall Sprint Triathlon in Derby. A really friendly, well run event in a nice setting, but with a tricky bike course and an off-road run.
Paul Swindale competed in the GB Age Group at the ETU European Championships in Kitzbuehel at the weekend. Paul had a really strong swim, coming out in 22:06, but the bike course proved a real test for the whole field - endless climbs and descents (as you would expect from a ski resort), combined with hot conditions. Not a fast course, but Paul still finished a very respectable 51st (from 73) in 2hrs 33
Andrew Nash had a good race on 15th June in the elite Windsor Triathlon finishing in a new personal best time of 1:56:46 giving 23rd place. The event was won by Mark Buckingham in 1:49:15. Results
He is on target for a peak performance at the Commonwealth Games where he will be competing on the first day of competition after the opening ceremony.
Great racing at the weekend by Joseph Ricciardi and Becky Storrie who both took part in the Southport Triathlon on 15th June.
Joseph was 2nd in his age group and 12th overall from a field of 279 men. His finishing time was 1:04:43, posting the 2nd fastest bike split of the race.
Becky did brilliantly, winning her age group and placing 4th overall from 91 ladies, in 1:11:48.
Joseph's placing may also qualify him for the Championships in Geneva next year, to be confirmed by BTF next week.
Four of our ladies travelled to Chester at the weekend to take part in the Deva Triathlon.
Karen Shimmin posted an excellent time of 2:25:58 to take 2nd place in her Age Group (14th overall from 131 females) and Lynsey Elliott finished the course in 2:29:27 placing her 9th in her Age Group (24th overall). Identical twins Amber and Jess Carridge posted almost identical bike splits with only 1 second separating them, and finished 8th & 9th respectively in their Age Groups.
Manx Tri Club athletes were out doing it in style again this weekend around the UK.
Andy Nash finished well up the field in 8th place at the Commonwealth Games Triathlon Test event at the weekend. This was run as an Elite race, with the bike leg being draft legal - great experience ahead of July's main event.
Joseph Ricciardi raced to a fabulous 2nd place in Age Group and 3rd overall at the Belvoir Castle Sprint Triathlon, finishing in 1:14:27
Meanwhile, Donna Crellin took part in the BT Liverpool 1/2 Marathon running an excellent PB.
Last weekend saw Manx Tri Club members competing over a variety of Long Distance races in various parts of the UK and Europe.
Juan Kinley posted a very strong time around the notoriously difficult Ironman Lanzarote course to finish 9th in Category and 218th Overall in 10:51:15, whilst Richie Komasa was in France racing in the Pays d'Aix 70.3. Richie finished 60th in Category and 399th overall in this, his first attempt at the half ironman distance in 5:11:06.
Meanwhile, all four triathletes from the Isle of Man successfully made it around the tough & hilly Slateman course on Sunday 20th May, and congratulations to Gaynor who secured 3rd place in Category with her time of 3:24:43. Conditions started off dull and very windy, leading to some chop in the water for the 1k swim. Much like the Isle of Man, there also seemed to be headwind all the way around the 51k bike course. The run was an 11k trail run, heading uphill for the first 4k, zig-zagging through the Slate Quarry.
Gaynor Evans 3rd in Cat - 3:24:43 John Swindlehurst 46th in Cat - 3:26:50 Steve Kennaugh 196th in Cat 3:32:17 Jill Bunyan 25th in Cat - 3:37:51
Congratulations to the 12 strong Manx Team who travelled to Mallorca for this weekend's 70.3 event.
10 took part in the Individual race and 2 in the Team event, achieving some very respectable times.
Dave Meban 5:07:14
Roger Raatgever 5:12:23
Nic Stuber 5:18:36
John Quinn 5:25:11
David Glover 5:26:21
Duncan Mackay 5:34:38
Neill Whyte 5:37:24
Lawrence Weatherill 6:14:55
Grant Elbourne 6:23:21
Ben Wood 6:38:46
John Coleman & Jon McGowan - Team 4:49:54 (placed 7th in the team category)
Amazing effort by everyone who took part in Saturday's Individual Sprint Triathlon Event, and congratulations to the many competitors racing for the 1st time.
Taking Line honours in the Mens and Ladies races were:
1st - Rebecca Storrie
2nd - Karen Shimmin
3rd - Hannah Howitt
1st Andrew Nash
2nd - Joseph Ricciardi
3rd - Russell Collister
The overall results are now available here
There was a fabulous atmosphere at Sunday's 'Something in Common' Team event. Well done to all of the competitors in the 79 Teams who started. The Prizes were allocated as follows and the full results can be found here. (Swim Splits include T1 to the Bike - more detailed Swim splits will be available later).
1st - Cojonas - Kristian Cowin, Gary Johnston, Andrew Nash
2nd - Mannin Media - Graham Annett, Andy Bell, Alan Corlett
3rd - Browne Craine Accountancy - Andy Isaac & James Sayle
1st - 3 Amigo's - Silla Parnell, Sharon Pope & Carly Craig
2nd - Threestyle - Katie Callow & Kirree Quayle
3rd - Ramsey Ladies Golf Club - Joy Morris, Nicola Sherrard, Gillian Cunningham
1st - The Kinleys - Laura & Juan Kinley
2nd - St. Ninians Teachers A - Carole Laporte, Stuart Mason, Jim MacGregor
3rd - Team Ricciardi - Hannah Howitt, Mario Ricciardi, Joseph Ricciardi
A very big thank you to all the helpers, marshals and officials who made the event possible, and to the support of St.Johns Ambulance for 1st Aid cover, to Ramsey Town Commissioners, to Steve Shimmin for providing the entertaining commentary, and to Graham & Sue Hughes for all their efforts with the Timing.
A full report and photos will be available later.
Local Student, Hannah Howitt enjoyed a great race at York Triathlon on Sunday 27th April, securing 1st place in her Age Group and 2nd Lady overall, from a field of 64.
This was a real achievement for Hannah, who only competed in her first Triathlon last year. She completed the 400m Swim, 18k Bike and 5k run in 1:06:00, 2.5 mins behind the overall winner, but 8 mins clear of 3rd place. Her time would also have earned her a very credible 26th place in the mens overall from a field of 149.
With the new season opening its time to start thinking about the Island Games in Jersey next year.
This year’s competition will form the basis for team selection for 2015. The criteria is as follows:
- Eligible to compete by virtue of Island Games Criteria (ie Manx, IoM resident etc).
- Current member of Manx Tri Club and British Triathlon.
- Actively competing in 2014 season.
Between 1st January 2014 and 4th May 2015 athletes must achieve the ‘consideration time’ at a recognised Standard / Olympic Distance event (1500m open water swim - 40k bike - 10k run) and evidence of results submitted to the performance officer (Graham Stigant).
· Male:- 2 hours 9min
· Female:- 2 hours 26min
Manx Tri Club Selection Committee has the right to award a discretionary team place where consideration time has not been met due to a specific reason (e.g. injury / age restriction on taking part in Standard distance event during qualification period / distance of event changed by organiser due to weather conditions etc - this list is not exhaustive).
For a discretionary place to be awarded the Committee will take into account results of other distance triathlons events / individual event performance such as open water swimming 1500m, 25mile cycling and TT 10k running during the qualification period. Previous experience of racing over the standard triathlon distance 1500m, 40k, 10k in open water will also be taken into
The guidelines from IGAM are that the minimum age for competitors is 18 on 31 December 2015.
What a difference a year makes. Last year's Microgaming Junior Triathlon, held at the NSC in Douglas, was held in lovely warm sunshine 2 weeks after the big snow. This year, the weather wasn't playing ball at all and when the day of the Tri arrived, it poured down. This didn't deter 91 hardy young Triathletes who enthusiastically racked their bikes and got ready for the first discipline of the Swim. The distances are all graded according to the children's age, with the youngest age group, 8 year olds starting first. The ages then go all the way up to 14 years. The swim in the pool, is immediately followed by a cycle around the NSC Raceway, and then after re-racking their bikes in Transition 2, the children head out onto the Athletics Track for the final element, the Run. This is a great opportunity for the children to have a go at a multi-sport event and a real achievement to complete the course, particularly given the miserable weather.
Thanks to all the staff at the NSC for their assistance in staging the event and to the many marshals without whom the event just wouldn't happen.
One of the children left a pair of White Shimano cycling shoes behind. if anyone has found them please get in touch with Martin on 450288.