On Sunday 2nd June 2013 the 1st of the World AG qualifiers took place in the picturesque city of Chester. Over 1200 athletes were primed and ready to tackle a fantastic 1500m swim, 40k bike and 10k run course – and with the sun on our backs for once.
With 5 places up for grabs per age-group – competition was going to be tough, how tough took most people by surprise…
Over the last few years the sport of triathlon has seen a meteoric rise in profile and participation. This was evident in the sheer numbers of people that flooded to Hyde Park in the summer of 2012 to watch the Brownlee brothers win an incredible Gold/Bronze double in the men’s triathlon. The die had already been cast but that success really wetted the appetite and motivated athletes to return in 2013 to compete in the AG grand final races.
Sarah Black, Victoria Kollard, Marcus Sheridan, Neil Ainsworth and coach Rodger Wilkins were all excited to be part of such a big and phenomenally well organized domestic event.
The course involved a challenging 900m swim up, and 600m down the river Dee, a relatively flat single 40km loop bike leg, and a run made up of 2x5km loops that finished in front of many supporters, pretty much at the exact same place we had all started – at the band-stand by the river.
All RP athletes performed well and certainly took something away from it, unfortunately we didn’t quite get an automatic qualification between us but with competition so tough that’s no disgrace. We all came away fit and healthy and focused on getting ready for the next one. That race will either be Dambuster on 22nd June or the National Champs in Liverpool on 15th July, we all hope they will be as enjoyable as Chester 2013 turned out to be.
Finally a big well done to all those that qualified, you certainly deserved it, and to Chester Triathlon Club for setting a new standard of event organising.