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Race Report Relay Triathlon St Catherines, 22 September 2013 250m/6.5k/2.5k Sunday 22 September saw Jersey Triathlon Club’s inaugural St Catherine’s relay triathlon. The morning mist thankfully cleared and competitors were greeted with pan flat water, dry roads and zero wind to guarantee a fast course for this exciting event which was similar to the ITU format and a test event looking to include it in Island Games 2015. The course was over at St Catherine’s and comprised of a tight triangular swim of 250m, a 6.5k out and back bike loop to Anne Port followed by a 1.5k canter round the rock, half way down the breakwater and back with each triathlete completing all three disciplines before ‘tagging’ their team mate who would then also complete the same course, there were three people in all (well most) teams. This set up would lead to some very exciting racing, lots of switches in position and impressive performances, especially from the Juniors who were rubbing shoulders with the Seniors for this race. After Doc Snook’s thorough race briefing (which thankfully he managed to deliver fully clothed) the race started and as expected it was very fast. Beefcake Paul Corcoran (who has been busy training for this weekend’s 5k Masters swim) led the field and powered his way through to put in a very impressive swim split. Dan Heaven, Della Roderick and impressive newcomer Demri Mitchell were close behind with Arlene Lewis chattering her teeth during the swim and thinking “maybe the wetsuit would’ve been a good idea” but she still put in a strong swim and exited the water with style. The bike split was a short and slightly lumpy zip out to Anne Port and back and as expected; freshly waxed and more aero than the chocolate bar, Minky demolished the field on his shiny P3 to enter transition first with Dan H, Demri and Paul C in hot pursuit. Minky however, was wishing it was a 36 lap bike course as his ‘diesel engine’ was really just warming up… Minky tottered off in his best trainers and put in a great run to ‘win’ his leg and pass over to Mike Du Feu (“MDF”) who was ready and, oh hold on, sorry MDF wasn’t there as he was all vodka’d up the night before and still sleeping (and an elite athlete nonetheless…) So, Minky handed over to Anna Cochrane who put in an admirable performance in MDF’s absence. MDF – the shame… Juniors Jack Kennedy, Peter Holmes & Aimee Hugh were keeping the seniors more than busy throughout the race and Archie Swain, Will Atkinson & Rosie McMannus easily punched above their weight showing the seniors some of the potential and enthusiasm we have in our junior section. Rosie was treated to something many of us seniors have endured over the years; a “Doc Snook Tidal Wave”. Doc’s oversized shoulders and brute strength often cause a mini tsunami when he swims and those behind him have to battle the surf, Doc did the final leg for his team (fastest splits of the day, good man), and Rosie got caught in Doc’s wake. She recovered exceptionally well though and put in a seriously gutsy swim to complete her leg. There is an (unproven) rumour that there was a minor physical assault committed on the final bike leg whereby Nathan Woodland ‘accidently’ slapped Marc Nicol’s backside as he overtook him. I can confirm that race officials are investigating and reviewing video footage. Marc, I hope you are OK…

Lyndon’s Farnham’s team (The Champs) probably would’ve won the race were it not for the people in the team and a technical issue for Lyndon in transition where Lyndon usually excels. At one stage, we were in fact actually in contention for the victory but as Lyndon quite rightly pointed out “…then the race started”. The whole race was a very busy affair and even though it was a short triathlon by most people’s standards, everyone went hard and there was no lack of competition. All teams finished and all competitors completed the course in full, we are already planning next year’s relay triathlon and planning further events. Thank you to the Race Organisers, marshals, those who provided kayak cover, the Parish of St Martin & Normandy Rescue for keeping everyone safe and upright. Next race date is tbc.

22 september report  

this is a race report from 22 September

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