On Sunday 19th May at 8.30am Marcus Sheridan, Victoria Kollard and Sarah Black were set to tackle the 750m open water swim (in a chilly ‘11.5’ degree Derwent water), a 35km undulating bike leg, that took athletes around the lake and finally the rather punishing 10km fell run, all of which make up the Keswick Triathlon.
All three athletes had strong swims and were out of the water safe. They were now faced with a rather tricky ‘mud fest’ out of T1. A huge downpour the previous day ensured that Crow Park was going to be a challenging transition area. With the air temperature around 12 degrees and very little wind, the athletes had a fast undulating bike course to ‘enjoy’. We all have bad luck from time to time, it was Marcus’s turn today. A blow-out puncture around 20mins in meant race-over – gutted. Unfortunately being 10km from transition, there was the small matter of getting back there. Luckily a marshal was on hand who had Marcus picked up in a nice warm Porsche Cayene – obviously that was very much appreciated by him! Sarah was out of the water as 4th female, onto the bike and quickly moved her way through to 2nd female. Only Jenny Latham of Red Venom was ahead of her. Victoria was in hot pursuit and came through 20km of the bike in 4th place and just a few minutes back.
Sarah (having the fastest combined transitions of any of the female athletes) set off on the run in 2nd place – with only World and European AG champion Jenny ahead. Sarah was keen to hold off stronger runners more than play catch-up. Both Sarah and Victoria worked incredibly hard on the run, but Victoria’s legs were feeling really good – finishing fast she came through from 4th (out of T2) to 2nd overall and another 1st in category. Sarah held on really well to come home 4th overall and 3rd in her category – fantastic performances in tough conditions and against tough competition. Roll on the 1st World qualifier at Chester on the 2.6.13..