Wadebridge Triathlon 2009 by Sam Lawley

Wadebridge sprint triathlon, the last of the season, was attended this year by a few Mounts Bay Harriers but diminished numbers compared with other years due to the amount of events running on the same day, notably, Eden marathon and half marathon, Birmingham half marathon and the masters swimming.

The Mounts Bay team performed well. Results were Liz Prady 1st female in age category, Rob Burrows 2nd male in age category, myself 2nd female in age category.

Liz, Marie and Me 1st female team, and strong performances from Jason Walker and Phil Sanger getting in the top 10 in a competitive mens race.

The goody bag had a t-shirt, lucozade drink and I had a aquasphere holdall type bag which is great for a wetsuit bag so I thought it was pretty good really.

It was an enjoyable day, though there some problems with how the event was run and organised.

Everyone had to have there bike racked by 12 noon. However, due to the fact that they ran the swim in waves rather than filling the lanes as swimmers left, it meant that some of the later competitors were then sat around for 2-3 hours before starting. Not ideal for the nerves!

The course was fairly well signposted but there was a distinct lack of marshals and some of the lads taking finish times just weren’t even looking as people crossed the line! Maybe this, again, could be down to the fact that due to the swim waves the event was dragging on and on and they’d be stood in the rain for hours.

The weather on the bike was pretty awful with a strong head wind all the way out, rain and thick white mist and heavy traffic but speaking to most people, the rough elements were thoroughly enjoyed although it did cause the local police to have some concerns over safety as most competitors were without lights.

The run is great, down the hill out of transition along the Camel Trail and then a final hill back to the finish – quite enjoyable if not a little muddy.

The results, unfortunately, were a bit of a mess, down to the poor organisation, problems with swim waves and competitor numbers etc. Karen and Cris have tried to rectify these as much as possible.

This is the 3rd year I’ve raced Wadebridge in a row and I would definitely look at next year, though I do hope they sort out how the event is run.

Sam

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