As we set up I love hearing how year on year general visitors to Bowood take more of an interest in the events and some have even competed before. Multisport is definitely on the up!After using up all the rain on Saturday we made sure we had booked the sun, and what a day it was.
As I always say it’s great to end the season in style, and as ever, Bowood delivers a fail safe Duathlon for that season finish. I sometimes wonder if Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown intended for the landscape to one day become home to these events.With the Sprint, Super Sprint and ever popular Tri-Stars, the grounds were full of activity as final preparations and warm-ups were being conducted, whilst entrants checked into what is probably the best looking transition in Multisport.
The race was set to begin, all fears of rain banished from this army of almost 400 Duathletes, as one by one the waves took their places for their respective events.
And then they were off, with the pounding of feet mixing in with that all too familiar beeping of GPS watches beginning their quest for that elusive PB.
A run around this magnificent estate, looping towards the lake, the heart of our Bowood Triathlon which took place earlier this year, and competitors were kept relatively shaded by the majestic trees as they had a whistle stop tour, taking in the waterfall, (I’m happy to report no one took a dip) before making their way back up the undulating lawns to transition.
Upon entering transition, helmets first please, they were ready for their bike leg, from 1 lap to 7 respective of events, they took advantage of what is still the only traffic free event in the South West, a fact we are as proud of as the grounds staff are of their lawns.
Back in to transition for the final run, rack up tidily please; and on to the finishing stretch.
Congratulations to Hugh Mackenzie and Naomi Eaton, our Male and Female sprint distance victor and victrix.
To Jerry Rayner and Joanna Hudson in the Super Sprint Category.
To Alex Parsons and Jessica Hudson in Tri-Stars 3.
To Rufus Thomas and Olivia Earthy in Tri-Stars 2.
And finally Jack Blackburn and Ellen Ruck in Tri-Stars 1.
So thank you to the Marquis and Marchioness of Lansdowne and your fantastic staff for your continued support. Thank you to our volunteers who helped it go ever so smoothly, and lastly, thank you, our competitors, without whom we would just be a collection of people in a field with high-vis, a lot of signs and bike racks.
Now with the season at a close, it’s time to dust off those turbo trainers, break out the thermals and head torches, become reacquainted with our gym memberships, and plan for next season.
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