Distance: 2.6K/ 120K/ 22K
When: June 5
Where: New Forest, Hampshire
First man: Chris Goodfellow 5:34:55
First woman: Enfys Jones 6:52:11
Last finisher: 9:07:24
No of finishers: 100
Last year, this event was held on the same day as its big brother, the Forestman - a full Iron-distance triathlon. This year, it was a standalone race and the relatively small field made for occasional lonely moments on the undulating but beautiful course.
After two laps of Ellingham Lake, competitors set off on the bike and were greeted with incredibly strong headwinds, particularly over the first 10 miles and the more exposed sections of Ocknell Plain. The weather conditions prompted organisers to extend the cut-offs by 15 minutes.
The run route took in sections of the Forestman route, considered to be one of the hardest triathlon runs in the UK; participants needed plenty of reserve power in their legs as they headed for home.
It was here that Enfys Jones pulled ahead, having caught up with Jenny Brown on the bike leg; she finished 16 minutes ahead, in 6:52:11. In the men's race, Chris Goodfellow had already overtaken Will Newbery on the bike and took victory in 5:34:55, with Newbery finishing 14 minutes later.
The slick organisation of the event, which featured split transitions, was praised by participants. This was a great race for future Forestmen or those contemplating other Iron-distance events to test themselves.