Droitwich Triathlon 2016

13719741_10206655178646877_809613091103197169_oIts a great friendly (and local!) event, very well organised with plenty of spaces to rack your bike, loads of marshals and signs, generally flattish course so good opportunities for PB’s I’d guess…….thoroughly enjoyed it and great to see so many Triathlon Redditch members taking part! – Martin “Ninja” Perry

13669286_10206655173646752_2999277441840187679_o  Together with a whole host of other Redditch Triathletes I began the annual event (in my case my fourth!). The weather was a whole lot better than last year meaning a good safe cycle ride. The benefit of this triathlon is that its really inclusive for all levels of athletes and the proximity of the spectators around the transition areas is always an added bonus. 13765828_10206655200167415_6196556241936113037_o The swim like any pool swim can get congested in any one lane but generally all went OK there, probably taking another 20 or so seconds off last years’ time. A quick T1 and then straight on to the bike course which has the added roundabout on the A38 to manage but other than that again quick and undulating.   My cycle time seems stuck around the 41 min mark so plenty of room for improvement there. On to the run which I always enjoy a two lap job around the fields and stream paths. There were so many blue hoodies to watch out for and as always friendly marshals along the routes. Took another 25 seconds off last years time – its getting harder to improve each year but hey that’s the fun of the challenge. Fun , friendly informal sums up this event. – John Legge

IMG_4746I appreciated the hints and tips from Kevin (Parsons) beforehand. Having done a number of different triathlons this year I approached this one as a test of tapering. It’s a pool I’ve swam in a considerable number of times before, just not with a rush FB_IMG_1469376443439outside and some other sports. Droitwich pool is a very warm swimming pool so didn’t expect to be as fast as I could. The time on my watch wasn’t too bad, but still the fastest of the day 🙂

Heading out into the bike course which is undulating but interesting! A single lap but heading out into the wind I contemplate how much slower I will be than those on aero bikes. I get a good amount of liquid, ready for the run. A quick 2 lap run. Nothing to worry about at all. I enjoyed my new shoes and it definitely gave me more focus on the task in hand!

I came 9th overall and 4th in my category. Let’s get training that run for next year!!! – Stuart “Blue Power Ranger” Mackay

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9 Stuart MACKAY 01:04:25
32 Neil OGDEN 01:09:20
49 John Legge 01:12:23
50 Kirk FINLINSON 01:12:24
52 Martin Perry 01:13:27
55 Colin Garrett 01:13:53
75 Jayne Perry 01:17:22
83 Terry HAGGETT 01:17:58
102 Philip HALL 01:19:58
114 HAYLEY GWILLIAM 01:21:20
135 Daron Fisher 01:23:50
153 Phil WALKER 01:26:49
186 Sue TURNER 01:34:55
199 JULIE Ann BROWN 01:42:51
204 Rhona Ulyett 01:45:22
206 Tom GWILLIAM 01:45:33