Over thirty students competed over the course of last weekend, representing UoB’s Triathlon Club at Mallory Park Race Circuit, Leicester. This impressive figure is all down to Triathlon’s huge sign-up this year as the club has seen an incredible boost in members. With many students competing in their first race for UoB, the weekend saw some fantastic results and great team comradery which the club is sure to carry forward this season.
Mallory Park’s course was certainly a gruelling one. At 25.5km long, the athletes first had to run four laps for their first 5km before running into transition. Then came 18km on the bike for six laps – the longest section of the course. Finally, after making sure to rack their bike in their assigned spot, the last part of the race is two laps of running to the finish line. Time penalties were given out to anyone who failed to store their bike correctly, or to anyone who didn’t dismount before the line, and so keeping a clear head was crucial for the competitors.
Four students particularly shined in this year’s race, including Jack Shayler who was the key male athlete for the club. 2019’s duathlon saw Shayler finish 12th after running a great race in a very tough field of athletes. However, this year, in what can only be described as a feat of brilliance, Shayler finished 3rd overall out of 448 competitors – a great inspiration to the club’s up-and-coming athletes.
Shayler wasn’t the only one who finished strong this year. Flora Johnson, who finished 23rd in 2019’s women’s race, placed an incredible 11th in this year’s championship. Finishing 134th overall, Johnson’s race again proved the talent of UoB students in a high-quality BUCS field.
Johnson’s performance was backed up by Abbie Saker and Eva McCabe who finished 16th and 17th respectively in the women’s competition. Saker also improved on her finish in 2019, moving up the field by eleven places. Again, these results are a great testament to the club and a real indicator of their competitive ethos.
With so many new members and a highly successful weekend, UoB’s Triathlon Club remain as strong as ever this season. After some great results and an incredible all-round club effort from everyone involved, Triathlon are definitely one to watch.
Congratulations to everyone who competed!