A warm, dry summers evening saw the a great turnout of 38 take on the first race in the Stortford Tri Midweek Aquathlon Series 2016 at Redricks Lakes. There were a few new faces but most had taken part in the series in previous years.
Jon Kirkbride led everyone home in 30:16, taking the male senior prize. During the run he had overtaken swim leader Andy Bourne (Tri Sport Epping), laying down the fastest run of the night with a 19:03 5km. Richard Thomas of Hoddeson Tri also ran strongly to move himself into second, overturning a 48sec advantage Andy had after his 10:15min swim (750m), and taking the male veteran prize.
Mel Barlow-Graham took first place in the ladies field, winning the female veteran prize, with a finish time of 36:41min (14:28 swim; 21:31 run). She was followed home by Caz O’Haire (also Tri Sport Epping) in 39:03 and Stortford Tri’s Jenny Latham in 40:10. The female senior category was won by Holly Nairn of Harlow Running Club, finishing fourth overall in the ladies in 40:26.
There are three further races in the series – 19th July, 23rd August, 13th September. Online entry at EntryCentral or on the day available (+£3).
Thank you to all racers, supporters and volunteers.