TW Race Report: Tri Windermere

by Louise Steggals

tri windermere
Credit: Dave Willis

Distance: 1.5K/ 43K/ 10K
Where: Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria
When: July 3
First man: Steven Garner 2:27:39
First woman: Christine Johnson 2:37:12
Last finisher: 4:35:43
No of finishers: 157

Anyone who took part in this race last year could be forgiven for wondering if they'd turned up at the same venue; in 2010 the rain came down in torrents, but this year's event was blessed with sunshine.

The perfect conditions made for a trouble-free swim in the lake. The 43K undulating bike leg didn't present too many problems, although cyclists had to be alert on the narrow descents and corners.

The five-lap 5K run along the lake shore and trails was flat, but a couple of swing-gates and one short, sharp hill provided enough of a challenge.

Daniel Hockley was first out of the water, but he lost his advantage with a slow first transition. He made amends on the bike, but Steven Garner was able to chase him down on the run and pipped him to the finishing post by a mere 20 seconds.

Talk of the race was Christine Johnson, the first individual female to cross the line. She completed the swim in 22:08, almost eight minutes ahead of Sarah Smith. She kept her cool with a fine bike and although Smith clawed back some time on the run, the gap between the two remained eight minutes. So you can win in the swim.

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