The Walden May day triathlon took place on Sunday 1st May at the Lord Butler leisure centre, organised by the town's triathlon club, WaldenTRI. To the delight of the organising committee the race had completely sold out beforehand so there was a full field of 225 entrants, including more than forty first-timers. After a frosty start to the day there was uninterrupted sunshine and blue sky for the whole event, in which entrants swam 400 metres (16 lengths of the pool) then completed a 14-mile cycle ride through Debden, Thaxted, Wimbish and back to town, followed by a challenging 5km hilly cross-country run on the footpaths and farm land behind the leisure centre.
Zac Deller of WaldenTRI and Victoria Coe of Cambridge tri club were the over-all winners, with fantastic finishing times of 1h 3m 49 sec and 1h 14m 50 sec respectively .
Of the various age-group winners, Annabel Hunt of WaldenJNR took the trophy for youth category in 1h 32m 33 secs.
First placed lady, Victoria Coe of Cambridge tri club
WaldenTRI's Zac Deller who was the over-all winner with almost two minutes' margin.
WaldenTRI chairman David Peasgood said, "I have expressed my thanks to the organising committee who had been planning the event since before Christmas, and the success of the day was a reflection of their hard work. I would also like to thank the many marshals who encouraged the athletes around the course and ensured their safety, and also thanks to our generous sponsors Saffron Autos, Kestrel Physiotherapy, Yac-Yak training, Newdales, and Pete Thompson personal training."
The race was one of several events organised by WaldenTRI from which a donation will be made to the club's current charity, the premature baby intensive care unit (known as the "NICU") at Addenbrookes hospital under the umbrella of Addenbrookes Charitable Trust. One of the athletes completing his first triathlon was sixteen-year-old Harry Pearce who was cared-for in the NICU for six weeks in 1999.
WaldenTRI was delighted to welcome three triathletes from Team GB who took part as an exhibition relay team under the name "Road To Rio." George Peasgood, fresh from his gold medal in Australia and targeting a place in Rio this summer, completed the swim in under five minutes, handing the timing chip to Alison Patrick for the bike leg. Alison, who has already qualified for Rio, completed the bike leg in 38 minutes on her racing tandem, guided by George's brother Jack, who then ran the 5k in 19 minutes. George and Alison then kindly presented the trophies to the various winners and posed for photographs.
Road To Rio relay Team: Jack Peasgood, Alison Patrick and George Peasgood