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It is Mounts Bay Harriers? sixth year of organising the Jubilee Pool Aquathlon Series and the first race of 2013 viagra aus usa attracted 75 hardy competitors from all over the country to take to the chilly waters of Jubilee Pool! Hertfordshire, Cheshire, Bristol, Somerset, Devon, Shropshire provided about 15% of the competitors with locals from Cornwall making up the rest.
50% of competitors wore a wetsuit and the remainder braved it in their swimming costumes. A refreshing easterly breeze blew in off the sea to cool the competitors on the run once they had finished their exhilarating swim.
The idea of the aquathlon is to swim the 200 metre triangle of the pool and then run two miles along Penzance Promenade to Tolcarne and back again. The fastest take just over 12 minutes, the slowest over 30 minutes. No-one knows where they have finished until the final results are produced as competitors enter the pool at 30 second intervals and go flat out until they cross the finish line. Seconds count in this race!
Families took part with sons and daughters pitted against their parents together with sibling rivalry. Mawgan Osborne was determined to beat his mum, Sacha, and did so by 11 seconds! Brothers, Jacob and Tom Wood, were once again competing against each other, as were the Reid family from Gyllyngvase SLSC, Allan, Melissa and Courtney-Lee. The Kearey family were out in force with Kyle, Blaine, Liam and Anika. The Briscoe family, Clive, Ally and Harry, were here on holiday and all took part. Also Rosie and her dad Shaun Tonkin put in a brilliant effort!
For some this was their first multi-sport race, others just took it in their stride. Ages ranged from 13 to 65 with prizes for first and second in seven different age categories for both male and female. Having more age groups means that people who do not normally get prizes are recognised for their efforts.
A special mention should go to Claire Sharp who has only recently taken up running and swimming and finished her first ever race. Also Ray Frith of Newquay Triathletes turned up without his running shoes and so had to run in his normal leather shoes!
Overall Mounts Bay Harriers took first, second and third for the men ? Pete Le Grice 12.37, Jacob Wood 13.48 and Kyle Kearey 14.06. With only Melissa Reid of Gyllyngvase SLSC stopping the Harriers getting a clean sweep for the women. First was Ellie Ringwood in 15.14, second Melissa 15.51 and third Shannon O?Connell 16.04.
Many thanks to the 20 marshals who gave up their time on a beautiful Sunday evening to make this event happen.
Regents Court Veterinary Practice and Penzance & District Tourism Association are both supporting the series this year.
The second race in the series is on Wednesday, 26 June 2013 at 7pm. Registration commences one hour beforehand.