TW Race Report: A Day in the Lakes

Credit: David Hewitson

Distance: 1.9K/ 90K/ 21K
When: June 26
Where: Ullswater, Lake District
First man: Martin Cain 4:33:25
First woman: Wendy McBride 5:40:50
Last finisher: 10:11:46
No of finishers: 327

A day in the lakes: sounds like a summer picnic in perfect surroundings, with some lazy boating included, rather than one of the toughest middle-distance triathlons in the country.

The 1.9K swim in the beautiful but bitterly cold Ullswater Lake was shortened owing to strong winds, bringing swimmers into the safety of a sheltered part of the lake. They made quick work of the course, the majority clearing the water in under 30 minutes.

With the temperature rising, racers faced a punishing 90K bike course that took in Kirkstone Pass, a climb offering stunning views and a gradient of almost 20 per cent.

There were some tricky descents, too, resulting in nasty spills for some riders, including Richard Anderson, who had been chasing down race leader Martin Cain. This left Cain to continue to victory, with Duncan Shea-Simonds moving up to second over the 21K run, a mix of trail, road and fell. 

Wendy McBride had a comfortable win in the women's race thanks to incredibly quick transitions and a very strong performance on the bike. A tough race but one that many have already added to next year's list.