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Report on Triathlon by Rosalyn Hallworth

Submitted by on 02/07/2013 – 6:53 pmNo Comment

The day itself started a little overcast but by the end of the day the sun had appeared and the weather was almost perfect. The first thing that struck me was the number of people taking part, all ages, all shapes and sizes and all with their own reasons for taking part in such a massive and well organised event. In all, over the 2 days a total of 7000 competitors, ranging from the elite (super fit almost Olympic athletes) to ordinary housewives like myself!

I admit to feeling a little apprehensive as I ventured into the unknown and the lake was certainly cold and not very inviting! The 750m swim certainly looked a long way but I persevered with the breaststroke and later found out that my time was a very credible 19mins so I was happy with that. After we staggered out of the lake, someone had thoughtfully given us a 400m run, uphill to the bikes where I had a nightmare getting the wetsuit off and wasted a good 5 mins in total.
The bike route was quite testing – 12.3 miles, undulating and pretty in places and by the third lap I think I finally appreciated it! The grounds of Blenheim are beautiful and the whole place is well worth a visit. I completed the route in 49mins and then it was off on the run where I think I had someone else’s legs – they certainly weren’t mine! 3.3 miles is a long way and by the 2nd lap I was definitely questioning why I was doing this but thanks to army cadets and the huge number of spectators lining the route I was able to keep going and crossed the line in 1.59.34 so just under 2 hours which had been my target time from the start. Of course my son beat me but only by 30 mins and I later found out that I had come 11th in my (senior age ) category so the training had been worth it!

As I crossed the line I was of course shattered but I felt chuffed that I had got round and looking at the hefty medal I’m actually proud of the achievement and grateful to the many people who supported me so generously. I raised a fantastic total of £800 so thank you Whitford.