Thanks to Lauren for her excellent race report below regarding the Premier Tri season finale at Hever Castle Triathlon on the weekend of the 27th and 28th September 2014.
A gloriously sunny September 28th saw the end of the triathlon season for many, and Premier Tri was no exception. We had a fantastic turn out of four individual racers and four relay teams tackling the Olympic distance, taking on the challenging course of a 1500m lake and river swim, a hilly 40km cycle and a tough cross country 10km run.
The four relay teams consisted of (and I’m not responsible for this)
Barry’s Buttocks: which after a great deal of uncomfortable shifting finally settled on Phil (The Swimmer Ringer), Dave and Sarah M.
Team Bristol: Sophie (aka Nemo), Amir and Sarah G.
Premiere Try: Alicia, Kenny & Neil P.
And last but not least, Top of the Chops: Vicky, Lauren and Laura.
All the teams headed down to race start to see their swimmers off at the lake, before the cyclists hurried up the hill to transition and started warming up ready for action. Just as well because the action was fast and furious from the off with Nemo first out of the swim and heading for transition, with Phil hot on her heels, only 10 seconds down. Dave soon made that up with a sprint out of transition that Usain Bolt would have been proud of, waving his bike above his head to leave T1 with only a second between him and Team Bristol’s Amir. Alicia was next out and Vicky wasn’t far behind, setting their cyclists off onto the course for the next leg.
On the bike leg Dave extended the lead with some great cycling while Lauren managed to close the gap to the teams in 2nd and 3rd place with only 10 seconds separating her and Kenny on the bike. The racing stayed close with 3 of the teams coming back into T2 within 58 seconds of each other.
The now unstoppable Barry’s Buttocks handed the baton over to Sarah M, who posted an absolutely blistering run to get their team onto the podium in 3rd place over-all. Neil managed to move Premiere Try up into second premier place and 5th overall with an incredible run despite Sarah G’s awesome PB effort for Team Bristol which saw them take the last spot in the top 10. Laura’s valiant run saw the all-ladies team place 15th overall. Not a bad day at the office for Premier Tri, with all four relay teams in the top 15 of the 70 teams that entered. Not bad at all for a ‘bit of fun’!
The individual event also saw some great performances from Premier Tri, which was deservedly celebrated with a post-race picnic to round off a fun day, and a fantastic season.