I’m very sad to say that the 2012 tri season is pretty much over! But I want to send out my congratulations to everyone in team Premier who has raced and conquered this year. We’ve had great performances throughout the season from every member of the team and I’m pleased that our little tri club is growing into a successful force to be reckoned with. From beginners to Ironmen, everyone should be seriously proud of what they’ve achieved.
So to round up the final few races this year. London tri saw one of our biggest turn outs yet, with a total of 11 premier performances. We kicked off on the Saturday with Paul asserting his dominance as ever in the super sprint. He finished in an impressive second place overall in a time of 46.30, he was third last year so the only way is up Mr King??!! Becca successfully completed the sprint distance in 1hr 46, very respectable for one of our newest members of the team.
Sunday morning loomed and the Olympic distance competition began! Ladies were first off with Vix and Andrea setting the pace. The competition between the girls was high as ever, who would bring home the victory! Vix exited first from the water and set off on her bike. She unfortunately suffered a water bottle mishap, which Andrea was able to make the most off. She took the lead and managed to stay strong throughout the rest of the race! They finished in a very close 2hr51 and 2hr 53. Becky Dorse was next on the field and she didn’t disappoint. It was her first triathlon EVER and she took it all in her stride. She’ll certainly be one to watch next year. I took to the circuit and battled it out in the sub 2.30 group. Thankfully the decent weather held off and allowed me to accomplish a good overall time of 2hr 17. I finished 3rd overall and first in my age group….roll on Oct 22nd!
Iron Phil was first for the boys. He was wanting to better his time from last year of 2hr 26 and he obviously didn’t disappoint. With a solid performance all round, he romped home in 2hr 19. He managed an impressive run split which were few and far between on the hellishly twisty and turny course…. good work mate! At this point the rain clouds rolled in, the wind picked up its pace and the water resembled something more like a sea swim. This did not put off the rest of our hardy boys who battled with the elements and proved their strengths. The close battle between James and Davey ended with a victory to Dave in 2hr 26. James had lead from the start but Davey managed to shake him off on the run and finished just over 1 minute ahead. David and Harry wrapped up the afternoon and finished in 2hr 29 and 2hr 20 respectively.
The final mention goes to Bettie who raced last weekend at Dorney lake. She demonstrated that she is back to full form and a force to be reckoned with. She completed the Olympic distance race in 2hr 39, which brought her home in 8th position and 4th in her age group!
Very premier performances all round.