25 June 2019 - By James Montgomery
Saturday 22nd June
Great East Swim, Alton Water
The Great Swims series is a series of open water swims with distances ranging from 1/2 mile to 6 miles that take part around the country. On Saturday, Anita Grainger took part in the Great East Swim at Alton Water in the 1 mile event. The conditions were good with water temp reported at 19 degrees. She set off well with a good pace and kept in with the bundle of swimmers at the front of the pack.
At the halfway point the course turned straight into the sun and Anita started having issues with her new goggles steaming up and not being able to sight the buoys well. Undeterred, she kept going and finished in a time of 33.21 which she was disappointed with as it was 2 mins down on last year. However Anita did finish 3rd in the V45 category across all 4 waves which she was pleasantly surprised with.
Sunday 23rd June
Dartford Bridge Triathlon
Venturing south of the Thames, Alex and Liz Stuckey had an early start at Dartford with the first swim wave off at 6.30 am, Alex and Liz were off in the same wave at 6.40am. The conditions were very good, with the water warm and small age-group waves, helping along the swim times, with Liz recording her first sub-30 minute 1500 mtrs swim.
Both Alex and Liz had good T1 transitions with Liz close enough to remind Alex not to faff!!
The 42kms bike route was on closed roads and was perfect for those with Time trial bikes fairly flat and fast. Both Alex and Liz had strong bike legs with Alex averaging 20.4 mph and Liz 19.2 mph.
A good T2 for Liz, being out on the run in 1min 33secs but Alex having a more leisurely change in 2mins 19secs.
The run was on a fairly flat course, again on closed roads and with a bit of trail thrown in, Liz’s training and run off the bike pace saw her continue the strong performance with 44.37 for 10k. Alex could hear the jaws music from the start of the run and held on for the first two laps before the lack of training kicked in but still finishing with a respectable time
Big congratulations to Liz, who was 2rd Vet40