May2023 – Triathlon etc. Round Up
7 September 2023 - By Anita Grainger
Cast your mind back to May, I know it seems like a lifetime ago ….. for those who like to mix things up, the triathlon season gets underway or should I say got underway!
Stuart Mills kicked off the season for WRC competing in Xterra in Weston park Staffordshire on 13th May. Stuart prefers offroad triathlons where the bike and run section are on trails and tend to be more challenging than typical road triathlon. Stuart competed in the full distance event. Full distance for Xterra consisting of 1.5km swim, 27km bike and 11k run. Stuart was rubbing shoulders with the elite , Alistair Brownlee, who has started dabbling in Xterra events and finished 1st . Stuart finished 11th in his age group in a time of 2.51.51. full results on the link below
Eton Dorney Sprints Weekend
The following day Anita Grainger started her triathlon season over at Eton Dorney finishing in 1.29.31 after her frozen feet nightmare in T2 ( transition 2). Full write up on the link below
Ride London Essex100
A few weeks later on a beautiful sunny warm day 4 WRC members took part in Ride London Essex100 which is a 100 mile sportive bike ride. The route starts along the Embankment in central London then heads out via Stratford through Epping Forest towards Dunmow and Felsted before heading back via Writtle, Ongar and Chigwell to Woodford into Stratford and along Wapping highroad, the familiar part of the London Marathon route after 20miles when most of us have had deep soul searching moments, then finishes across Tower Bridge. It’s a well organised event and can take a while to start and definitely worth keeping your wits about you with so many other cyclists sharing the road & I’m sure the flyovers got higher on the way back into Central London, nothing to do with having ridden 90miles at that point! It’s a great opportunity to cycle on closed roads with some great scenery & it counts towards the London Classics medal which consists of completing the London Marathon, Ride London Essex100 and Swim Serpentine. Below are the times and a link showing the route and entry if interested for 2024.
Andy Notley 4.49.04
Anita Grainger 6.01.27
Katie Layley 6.05.42
Dean Whittaker 7.07.45