Compton Verney Sprint Triathlon
Report – Will Dyche.
In hitherto unseen numbers the tri team assembled in a hastily emptied sheep field between Combrook and Compton Verney. The occasion was the Compton Verney Sprint Triathlon by DO3 in the picturesque Capability Brown landscape around Compton Verney.
The course was a testing one. A 400m open water lake swim with pond lilies and a long run uphill into transition. This was followed by a 23.5km bike around the Kineton/Gaydon/Temple Herdwyke area with 195m of ascent. This was capped by a testing 5 km cross country run encompassing just about every surface from woodchip to mown hay.
Karen Harris was the first to arrive at the crack of dawn to come and marshal with husband Karl, who thought he may as well come along and compete. Some early morning rain had dampened the dust down and the competitors were keen to get going on a beautiful day for competing. The lake was not the usual one used by DO3 for their outdoor swimming but just across the road, and if anything, even more beautiful.
The swim started in a time trial format which allowed us slower swimmers to see how the fast people did it but before you knew it the waiting was over, the nerves melted away and the race began for us all.
First home for us was David Teasdale in a sparkling 1:13:10, 7th overall and second in category.
David was followed shortly after by Charly Marshall in 13th with a time of 1:15:13 and second in her category as well.
The indefatigable Emma Bexson followed in 14th on 1:17:00 and first in class.
Jamie Hall put in a strong effort to come 24th and record a 1:21:25 in only his second triathlon and first in open water. Jamie posted the second fastest run of any competing athlete and suffered a slipped chain on the first hill of the bike.
Next back were Will Dyche on 1:25:10 in 33rd. Nick Cooper on 1:27:58 in 54th. Suzanne Ross in 1:32:00 in 61st. Sarah Odell on 1:32:31 in 64th place. Karl Harris, back from injury finished, in 1:35:33 and 77th. Dave Fathers finished well in 1:39:51 in 94th place.
Brian Weetman didn’t find the bike course as flat as when he checked it out the day before on his Harley-Davidson but still posted a solid 1:41:54 in 99th place. Sam Thirlaway, on debut, completed in 2:10:01 in 167th.
Joe Lee struggles with the full sprint course distance these days. Never a man to let this get him down he drafted in some friends to do the heavy disciplines of running and cycling, leaving Joe with the swim. The ploy seemed a good one and they came 1st in the relay section.
Neil Gardner played away, completing the Calfman Olympic distance in Milton Keynes. He reportedly finished with a strong time and suffered no bio mechanical maladies.