A Rainy morning in June…
It turns out that trying to put on a wet suit in the rain is potentially as hard as the 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile cycle and half marathon that was to follow, but that’s what we found ourselves doing! Setting up all the kit that had been obsessed over the night before was myself (Chloe Shankland), Rachel Fitzsimon, Nigel Taylor, James Hopkins, Nick Rose, Jon Strange doing the middle distance and Jim Little, Lisa Jefferies and Daniel Bolton doing the olympic distance and we were all stood in transition raring…well, ready to go!
First thing was first, 1900m swim in the Dee with 1050m upstream and 850 back down with a toasty temperature of 19.5. Chester Tri club had done a fantastic job organising the event and the waves were small and 15 minutes apart meaning everyone could get plenty of room in the swim. The bike route was two relatively flat and fast loops that went out of
Chester towards Wrexham industrial estate with the first being slightly longer by incorporating a loop of the industrial estate, to meet the middle distance, although James decided to do the extended route twice instead of just once!!! The run was 3 loops that ran along the Dee with the company of a few horses, although I must have been working harder than everyone else as I didn’t even notice them! I was speaking to a member of Chester Tri club who informed me that 270 marshals were needed to put the event on, every single one that I came across was so supportive and friendly, even when the heavens opened (numerous times!), like all events they wouldn’t be able to happen without these fab volunteers.
The best part of the day for me?? Well that’s easy…the cheers of encouragement from the crowd of supporters from WRC on every loop of the run.
Well done to everyone that completed whether it was the first triathlon of that distance, a return to triathlons, to win the age group or to overcome some demons associated with that distance. Whichever
it was we all smashed it! And of course to finish the day in true WRC fashion it was to the pub for an important de-brief/alcoholic beverages and a good feed!