Adults Open Water Aquathlon Regional Championship Event
Triathlon england's East Region Adults Championship Open water Aquathlon presented by Discovery Triathlon and hosted
at Writtle University College ( Essex ) on Sunday 16th of July.
The Aquathlon shall consist of the following :-
Open water lake Swim approx - 450 m
Tarmac out and back run circuit 5 kM
Race Entry fee’s as follows :-
£18 - With Triathlon England Membership Cards
£21 .-.Non -Triathlon England Members ( Includes £3 race license insurance )
Entries to the event will open at 0030 hrs on Sunday 1st Jan 2017
Last Entries accepted up 1200 hrs on the 30th June 2017
There's not a lot to fault about this race, it's an aquathlon, not enough of them in Essex, it's open water, believe it's the only one in Essex, it's the regional championships and I won! Small disclaimer in case you didn't see it coming; as the only member of my age group!
As an aquathlon, you've got only three parts to the race, Swim, Transition, Run. All three parts are straight forward and do what they need to do and do it well. While I said there's not a lot to fault, it's more just some suggestions for improvements:-
1) Swim - I would like to see the swim move to a 2 lap, I feel 450m is too short for an open water swim, a two lap swim would be quite feasible with the current numbers of entries, obviously if the attendance increases, 450m is probably the limit.
2) Transition, the transition zone was massive, with plenty of space, what could I possibly fault? Well unfortunately, the grass was home to some very unpleasant and prickly plants, I actually tried to wear my swim hats on my feet (n.b. did not work) to reduce exposure to these painfully prickly plants, sadly, one did manage to embed itself in my foot which fortunately only dug in when my foot was placed on hard ground, a carpet through transition would not go amiss though I appreciate the costs and logistics that may be associated with such things
3) Run, the only improvement I could give for the run is some sort of directional instructions, not so much where to go, it's an out and back loop times two, but instructions for competitors to keep either left or right, I had some unpleasant chap run straight into me despite everyone else being on the right he chose to run on the left, however for the second lap this seemed to have been reversed!
Beyond those three minor points above, the race was well marshalled, wet suit optional (Three of us went without including me, the other two were GB Age groupers and one managed to catch some fish!) great fun and allowed me to take home my first (and possibly only) career win and more so, the title or regional champion! I look forward to racing it again next year to (attempt) to defend my title that's for sure!
Posted on 17.07.17