And so to the second of my race reports (or 'What I did in the summer holidays'). This was another piece of masterful winter planning. I saw an advert for a weekend celebration of cycling to be held in London in August 2013, a year after the Olympics, included amongst the plans were an opportunity for families to cycle round an eight mile traffic free loop of central London and also a chance to take part in the inaugaral London – Surrey 100 mile bike ride along a route very similar to the Olympic road race. Anyone will tell you I am a sucker for new races, this is in large part because I think there will be less people entered in them and therefore my finishing position will be better! I entered both, the family ride with my children (and I would recommend this to anyone it was great fun and the kids loved it) and the balllot for 100 miles.
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On Sunday 29th September Teresa and Jack Peasgood took part in the Stowe half iron distance triathlon, set in the grounds of the magnificent Stowe House.
The 1900m open-water swim had to be shortened to 1800m due to the abundance of weed in the lake and was split into two waves because of the large number of competitors that were racing. The competitors had to complete 3 laps swim of the lake and on leaving the water had the opportunity to remove their wetsuit and put on shoes for the long run up gravel tracks to transition through the grounds of Stowe School to Stowe House.
London provided the venue this recently for the 2013 World Triathlon Grand Final.
The race festival, which took place on the 2012 Olympic Triathlon Venue in Hyde Park, consisted of a number of events including the Under 23, junior triathlon, Paratriathlon and Aquathon World Championship races, as well as Age Group championships for both Olympic and Sprint distances, and of course the Elite races, featuring Non Stanford, Jodie Stimpson and The Brownlee Brothers, to name but a few.
As I was going to be working in Abu Dhabi for 10 days I took the opportunity to seek out any local rides happening in the area. I contacted the Abu Dhabi Triathlon club and spoke to one of their ride leaders to see if I could join up with their Friday morning rides. They were very accommodating and told me to meet 30 minutes outside the city centre at 05.30 hrs in the morning with lights on my bike. After travelling with my bike using a box provided by the club via Newdales I arrived in country and setup my bike ready for the ride. I woke at 4.30am and left the hotel in a car to drive the 30 minutes to the meet point.
So it's been a while since I've written a race report but having been inspired by Jonathan's recent call for race reports. This one is somewhat overdue but it's been a busy few months.
This run was a new one, organised by Overrun events, and a local one being based at Fen Drayton. The course was a 2.2 mile loop around a lake at the RSPB lakes with the aim to run as many loops as possible in 12 hours...oh and did I mention it was overnight.