As one of the best races in the northwest, it’s fitting that the Chester Deva Triathlon was a 2012 world qualifier. The standard in this race is always high but with this extra dimension to it, a few more nerves were in the air come race morning.
Sarah Black had not registered for qualifying but was out to race as hard as ever. After executing a really well paced 1500m river swim and 40km flat and fast bike leg Sarah had what she felt like was her strongest run to date. This enabled her to come home in a total time of 2hrs 29mins 26 secs and coming in the top third of the field – 43/146. There were many things that went well for Sarah in her 1st Olympic distance of 2012. This was predominantly down to great preparation leading up to the race, this all bodes well for Bassenthwaite Tri on 18.08.12.
Marcus Sheridan who’d already done his 1st Olympic distance way back in April, knew before hand that it was going to be fast and furious, with only a handful of spots available. Marcus has recently been troubled by a few niggles, this isn’t ideal when trying to perform at your best, as many athletes know only too well. A few issues left him struggling to really get going on the run which is always disappointing, let alone in one of your biggest races of the year. In true Marcus fashion he dug deep and came home in 2hrs 26min 53 secs. Marcus is also doing Bassenthwaite Triathlon on the 18.08.12.
With only a few mins between them at Chester, Bassenthwaite is an opportunity for either Sarah to sneak infront of Marcus, or Marcus to put ‘clear water’ between them by coming back strong. Roll on August…