TW Race Report: Blithfield Triathlon



by Louise Steggals

blithfield triathlon
Credit: sportsunday.co.uk

Distance: 1.5K/ 40K/ 10K
Date: July 31
Where: Blithfield Sailing Club, Staffordshire
First man: Nick Dunn 1:58:08
First woman: Hannah Shooter 2:14:03
Last finisher: 3:47:47
No of finishers: 222

It must be reassuring for those with fears of swallowing mouthfuls of mucky water when the swim leg of your triathlon takes place in a reservoir for drinking water.

Athletes took advantage of the good weather conditions to make quick work of the two-lap 1.5K swim. The bike course was a scenic 40K trek through the countryside on a largely flat course, with just a couple of tight chicanes to keep riders focused.

The two-lap 10K run took competitors along the reservoir edge and the causeway across the water, before they turned and headed back for home.

Nick Dunn had an excellent bike section and he kept up the pressure on the run, finishing over a minute ahead of second-placed Jim Cresswell, the only other competitor to beat the two-hour mark.

Still, this was a fast course, and a few competitors knocked several minutes off their PB. Hannah Shooter led the women from the start and, despite a strong effort from Naomi Warr, who closed the gap to just a few seconds on the bike, Shooter was able to shake off her challenger and finish in 2:14:03, with Warr just under a minute behind.


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