Bassetlaw triathletes turn out in force at Epworth

Yannie Duveen in action.
Yannie Duveen in action.

Bassetlaw Triathlon Club was very well represented at the recent Epworth Early Triathlon with 10 members braving the cold and windy weather in a field of 110 competitors.

In one of the club’s designated supported events head coach Steve Chambers and Monday night run coach Matt Horsfield were on the side lines cheering on the team, together with BTC member Neil McGough.

The sprint Triathlon first leg involved swimming 400 metres in the 20 metre pool and the athletes had to remember to swim 20 lengths, instead of the usual 16 they were usually accustomed to at Worksop Leisure Centre.

Piers Grumett as the fastest member out of the swim with a time of 6.28 and sixth overall out of the all the swimmers in the event.

After completing the swim and running into T2 the warm swimmers were then unceremoniously met by the cold late April weather.

Rob and Kevin braved the elements in just their Tri-suits and were rewarded with fourth and ninth fastest T1 times of the 110 competitors.

The bike leg of 20 Kilometres involved first heading out in a Westerly direction passed Epworth Showground towards Idle Bank.

Once turning left onto Idle bank and heading south the cyclists were treated to a strong tail wind for three miles where they could really get some speed up.

The athletes then turned left at the end of Idle bank and headed towards Westwoodside.

After a couple of uphill climbs through Westwoodside the cyclists enjoyed a long one mile downhill stretch until meeting the A161 and starting the final three mile haul north towards Epworth.

This was the most difficult part of the race due to a strong cold headwind and a couple of steady undulations.

The sight of T2 was certainly greeted with some relief after negotiating this hard stretch of the race.

The run took in the first 1k of the bike course and then went off into fields to the rear of the Swimming pool.

Most of the run being over rutted paths in the fields and the runners had to be careful not to trip over.

The final part of the run was a downhill section on the pavement down to the finish.

Top BTC athlete was Rob Edwards, who finished in a time of 1.07.32 and finished a creditable 20th place out of 110 competitors. Yannie Duveen was also rewarded with first place in her age group.