Bassetlaw: Locals tackle the black sheep of the triathlon family

Matt Lloyd was first home for Bassetlaw
Matt Lloyd was first home for Bassetlaw

Bassetlaw Triathlon Club sent a squad of 19 to Ripon for the Black Sheep Brewery olympic distance triathlon.

Many of the club members were competing at the distance for the first time, tackling a 1.5km open water swim, 40km bike route and 10km run.

The event was part of a great weekend of races organised by NYP Tri Club, with entertainment, food and camping thrown in.

Scorching temperatures led to an optional wetsuit swim as the race started at 2pm.

The club members were spread across the six swim waves.

A number of club members completed the swim under 25 minutes before heading out onto the bike course.

This took place around the roads around Ripon and Boroughbridge with just one section of undulating roads around Bishop Monkton, meaning it was a quick course.

The final run section was a mix of village lanes and canal towpath but the heat had started to take its toll with lots of competitors struggling despite the flat route.

First home for Bassetlaw and second in his age category was Matt Lloyd, 24th overall.

Tom Shaw also had a great race, coming home in 59th place.

The club members were spread out across the field with many of the club’s first timers at this distance, such as Gavin Toulson, Chris Johnson, Catherine Harrison, Rob Brewin and Toni Webster, having to dig deep to complete the course.

Veterans Nigel Farrow, James Lavin and Pete Barratt produced some cracking times.

Faith Edgington decided to head south to Eton Dorney Lake as she builds up her distance, competing in the 800m open water swim, 32k bike and 7.5k run route, pulling out a third place in her age category.

Ripon also held a Sportive with Matt Lloyd, Karen Ritchie and Amy Ogden joining hundreds of riders as they tackled the Tour de France stage one bike route.

With the opportunity to ride either a 102.8 mile or shorter 44 mile route the riders had the unique chance to follow the route which looked so amazing as the the Tour riders competed in Yorkshire.

There is still time to enter your local sprint triathlon on Sunday 3rd August from Worksop Leisure Centre, but the entry deadline is approaching fast.

Visit www.bassetlawtriclub.co.uk for more details.