What turned out to be one of England's' warmest summer's days 6 triathletes from Cheltenham Triathlon raced the Swanage Triathlon.
7am Sunday morning down on the beach the first wave of 600 triathletes were waiting for the start horn. The sea was calm, the clouds dispersing and the sun shining. The swimmers took to the water where they swam across the bay to an adjoining bay up to land and back into the sea to the swim finish point 200 yds from the start point. The athletes then had a long run along the promenade and up into transition to exchange wetsuits for bikes and off onto the bike route.
The 40k bike route was both scenic and hilly which took you over to Corfe Castle and then onto Wareham where the turnaround point was and back over the hills and into Swanage to leave the bike and start the run.
The 10k run route is one of the most spectacular routes in triathlon. After roughly a mile out of the town the race starts in earnest as the athletes climb up a winding narrow coastal path onto the top of the cliffs and along the cliff edge with bays to your left and right. The turnaround point is at the end of a peninsular which overlooks 'Old Harry Rocks'. After retracing their steps the athletes then have to descend down a steep off road path and back to the finish.
First home from Cheltenham Triathlon Club was Tom Dudding (M25-29) in 2:25:52 Followed by Neil Hutson (M35-39) in 2:35:41 - Sue Bathgate first lady (F60-65) in 2:47:10 - Mikki Storey (M45-49) 2:53:00 - Alan Champion M(55-59) in 2:53:32 - Mary Sietsma F(45-49) and 3rd lady in her age group in 2:53:52