Thirty five competitors took to the waters and trails of Redricks Lakes on Tues 20th June for the second race in the Stortford Tri 2017 Midweek Aquathlon Series.
As the water temperature exceed 22 deg C, wetsuits were not permitted in the race as per BTF rules (to prevent competitors overheating). This makes the swim more challenging for most as good, flat body position is harder to maintain, though some prefer the freedom of movement the lack of suit allows. As we aim to support those getting into the sport, those who wished to wear a wetsuit could do so, but do not receive a race ranking.
Competitors were lead of out of the water by Kai Boggen of Roding Valley Tri, in a time of 11:49 for the 750m one lap swim. Though he was overtaken on the run, he held onto second place finishing in 33:01 for an impressive debut at the Stortford Tri Aquathlon. Aged only fifteen, he clearly has a lot of potential for the future.
Alex Newman-Smith took the race win in a time of 31:20 in another impressive debut, and picked up the male vet prize. he clocked the fastest run of the day in 18:42 for the five kilometre towpath run. First male senior was Andrew Kitson of Harlow Tri in 33:41, in third place overall.
Paula Reynolds of Harlow Tri led the women’s field home in 36:02, also taking fifth place overall and the female veteran prize. She was followed home by Louise Rawlinson, Tri Sport Epping in 38:43 and Jenny Latham of Stortford Tri in 40:16. Holly Nairn of Harlow Tri finished 4th lady in 40:34 picking up the prize for first female senior, and rounding off a great collection of prizes for Harlow Tri, who look set to take the best team prize for the evening (to be confirmed).
Thanks to Herts Boat Rescue for their safety support on the water and to Stort Valley Cycles for sponsoring the event.
Next race takes place on Tues 11th July, 7:30pm race start. Further races take place 15th Aug and 12th Sept.