Andrew Taylor

Calne, UK, United Kingdom
Member since Jul 2017

My Completed Races

Frome Half Marathon
Cotswolds Standard Triathlon - Sunday
The DB MAX Westonbirt Sprint Triathlon
Bowood House Sprint Triathlon Sunday
Bath Half Marathon

My Latest Reviews

Completed as a first timer in 2018


First standard distance triathlon - A great event

Cotswolds Standard Triathlon - Sunday

One of my goals for 2018 was to make the step up to a standard distance triatlon, so I knew from fairly early on that the Lake 62 event in July would be the one...

As with other LPS Events races, this one was very well organised from start to finish. Sign up and pre-race information was easy and informative, and setup on the day was clearly marked out and directed. The marshals were extremely friendly and suportive and the supporters around the lake gave a much needed boost, particualrly towards the end of my race.

The race breifing was very helpful, and given the appauling weather, also gave useful safety pointers, particualrly for the bike leg. The swim was a deep water start in fairly small waves. Two laps around the lake were fine (other than the really choppy conditions because of the wind on the day) and again well marshalled from a safety point of view. The transition area was very well laid out and led straight out to the bike course. For this year, the bike course has been changed, meaning it was one small lap followed by the larger, main lap. The route was interesting, particualrly up past the Cotswold Airport and also fairly flat, with just a few small inclines and declines in places. The worst part about the bike was the weather... the wind was gusting and very challenging in places and the rain made for slippery conditions. The run was six laps around the lake, which although I expected them to be mentally quite tough, the excellent support around transition and the race village certianly gave a nice lift on each lap. My only regret was not wearing my trail shoes as the run course was quite muddy in places given the rain we had.

All in all, a very well organised event and a great race for my first go at a Standard distance triatlon. I would certianly reccomend it and will be returning again in the future...

Posted on 30.07.18

Completed as a first timer in 2018


Frome 5km

Frome Half Marathon

The first time I’ve run at Frome and in general it was a very good race. Decided to do the 5km rather than the 10km or HM as the shorter race was part of the Wiltshire Road Race League in 2018. 

The sign up and registration were very straight forward and picking up my race number on the day was easy. 

The start of the race was very busy with all three races going off at the same time. Thankfully the race was chip timed which was good as it took a couple of minutes to cross the line. The first mile was the. Very congested with runners of all paces going at their own race speed to that Seemed to make it quite difficult to get going. Once the crowds dispersed it was a very good race though, with some fantastic local support. Being a really warm day, the local residents with the hose pipes going was very much welcomed as we ran round. The race was also very well marshalled and other than an unescorted hill right at the very end, I enjoyed the race and somehow managed a personal best - by two seconds. A really nice medal at the end too.

All in all I’d recommend this race and would return again in the future.

Posted on 15.07.18

The perfect combination of scenery, open water and closed roads

Bowood House Sprint Triathlon Sunday

As the third successive year I've entered Bowood Sprint Triathlon I knew what to expect in terms of the course but that being said, the race did not disappoint. On a beautiful sunny, if a little warm (hot!) Sunday, the swim was a mandatory non-wetsuit 750m in the lake in full view of the spectacular Bowood House. The water was surprisingly warm which was refreshing and not having a wetsuit certainly helped the 500m climb up to the transition area.

The bike route is on closed tarmac roads around the estate which other than some sharp turns made for a fast ride. Back into transition before a unique, stunning 5km run around the estate. The run route is hilly and two laps so not an easy run, but really nice mix of trail and grass non the less. Taking in a waterfall, the lake we'd been swimming in and an island loop, it's like nothing I've seen elsewhere.

The medal was equally unique depicting the house and for the first year each finisher received a bespoke buff which is a really nice touch. I couldn't fault the organisation, sign up process or race briefing (which had everyone laughing with the jokes). 

Both the marshal support and the crowd support were fantastic and the number of technical officials on hand helped to answer many of the questions that competitors had.

I would have no hesitation in recommending Bowood Triathlon and LPS Events to anyone thinking of competing.

Posted on 02.07.18

Completed as a first timer in 2018


A great race despite the heat!

As my first go at the Great Chalfield 10km all I had to go on was the positive reviews and feedback from past runners - it did not disappoint!

Although it was a very warm, sunny Wiltshire evening, the route was along quiet country lanes, with the highlight being the point which the course took us in front of the stunning Great Chalfield Manor House, a property now operated by the National Trust. 

The race was very well organised, the registration process was quick and easy and the event was extremely well supported by local running clubs (even with the temperature AND England playing their final world cup group match on the same evening). The route could be described as undulating, but none of the climbs were more than a couple of minutes long, so it's good for a PB attempt (I managed to take over 4 minutes off my previous best at this race). The course was well marshalled and the water station at 5km came at the perfect time to try and cool down a little bit.

I would certianly reccomend the race and will be returning myself to see if I can master the sub-50 min 10km...

Posted on 29.06.18

Completed as a first timer in 2018


A well supported, local 5 mile race

This was my first time running the Chippenham 5 Mile race. A combination of a nice course, following the quite country lanes around Chippenham and the outstanding support from many local running clubs made this a great event. Even in the heat of this year's event, there were a lot of personal bests which made the atmosphere great for the supporters and competitors alike. I would certiantly reccomend the event for those looking for a suitable 5 mile event in future years...

Posted on 07.06.18

Another year, another great event

The DB MAX Westonbirt Sprint Triathlon

Returning to Westonbirt Triathlon for a second year I was really looking forward to this event and it didn’t disappoint! A great course, stunning views and location, With the transition area being right in front of the absolutely incredible Westonbirt school. Sign up was easy, registration was efficient and well organised, Marshal support was fantastic and the overall race is excellent. I’m not the only one to agree, the atmosphere and general mood amoungst triathletes is great. Certainly a race I’ll be returning too and I’d reccomend it to both novice and experienced triathletes - well done DB Max

Posted on 28.05.18

Completed as a first timer in 2018


A true, fast and flat 5km

As the first event, this was a great race. Well organised, well marshalled and a great course for a PB. Extemely flat and run on roads and pavement with only a handful of areas where the surface was broken up. Would run again in this series.

Posted on 16.05.18

Reply from the race organiser

thats great Andrew, thank you for your feedback

Posted on 17.05.18

A great season opening sprint Triathlon on a stunning course!

Oldbury White Horse Sprint Triathlon

I've marshalled the event in the past, this year was my first attempt as a competitior. After a great off season with training going to plan, Oldbury Tri was the perfect way to start the summer events. A sunny (hot) day, made for a great atmosphere at the race village. Everything was easy to find and the marshals were very helpful. The race breifing was clearly communicated and easy to find and despite being in one of the latest waves, everything was running perfectly to time, even down to the second. 

A 400m pool swim and a short run along the path to the first transistion area and we were off on the bikes. Taking in the stunning Cherhil downs, the oldbury white horse and the Lansdowne Monumnet on an out and back route, this has to be one of the most spectaclar bike courses in the region. Back to the leisure centre and the transition area before a very warm, fairly flat 5km run around the villages surrounding the town.

A great medal and quick results, followed by a selection of food and drink on offer made this a fantastic event and one that I would definately look to enter again next year - Highlighly reccomended!

Posted on 09.05.18

Completed as a first timer in 2018


My first duathalon

The DB Max Chilly Duathlon is a fantastic event and a great way to kick off the season. As my first duathalon I wasn't quite sure what to expect, but the combination of the great organisation and the unique nature of racing on a race track makes this an awesome event and extremely quick - perfect for PB chasing!

As usual, DB Max did a great job with the organisation, the marshal support was fantastic and the comentator on the finish line was nice touch and a real motivational boost as we completed the event. This is sure to be an event that will feature again in my future plans!

Posted on 19.02.18

Another Great Bowood Triathlon

Having done this Triathlon in 2016 it was always going to be in the diary for this year. Once again the event was fantastic. Great organisation, a stunning course around one of the most picturesque parts of Wiltshire and on traffic free roads. Everything ran very smoothly on the day, and even being in the final wave, the organisers were still running exactly to time. Marshal support was great and the weather was perfect. An event I hope to be back at in 2018 for the third consecutive year!

Posted on 03.07.17