Created On: 13 July 2013

The combination of glorious summer weather and a stunning backdrop made the Stowe Triathlon an event to remember. The event was popular and several hundred keen athletes arrived at Stowe School and Gardens on race day. The Standard Distance event was first, divided into two waves, followed by two waves of Sprint Distance competitors. The swim was held in the lake which was surprisingly warm and meant that wetsuits were optional. Once out of the water, wetsuits, if worn, were stripped off and trainers donned to run the 1km up through the golf course to transition. Competitors ran through a stone archway leading to the massive expanse of lawn where the main transition was held.

Trainers were exchanged for bike shoes, helmets fastened and bikes wheeled out to head down the long drive and start the loop around the country lanes. The bike loop was generally fast and flat but there were a few tight corners and sharp hills to test bike skills. Then back along the main drive to transition and the final leg of the race. The run course passed through the beautiful Stowe Gardens although competitors were probably too tired to fully appreciate the monuments and views. The run course was along gravel paths and was a tough route, with numerous twists and turns as well as several sharp inclines. Finally, runners passed under yet another stone archway and the finish gantry signaled the end of a hot, challenging course.

The men's Standard Distance race was a contest between three athletes who eventually took the podium spots. Robert Quantrell led Dave Glossy out of the water, closely followed by Phil Holland. Holland proved his strength on the bike, overtaking Glossy and then Quantrell within the first few miles. Holland had a solid run to claim his victory, having built up an impressive lead of almost 5 minutes by the time he crossed the line. The winning time of 2 hours 15 minutes wasn't quick, but this was partly due to the extra run up to transition from the lake and also the result of a tough run leg in sweltering conditions. The women's race was dominated by Kathryn Berry, who came an impressive 15th overall. She powered past many of the male competitors, particularly during the run, and completed the course in 2 hours 40 minutes. Second female finisher was Elly Crockford and Val Thomas completed the podium places in the women's race. In the final race of the day, the men's sprint race was led by Jason Moore who crossed the finish line a minute ahead of his nearest rival, in a shade under 1 hour 14 minutes. Leading the women home was Liza Croft who won the race in 1 hour 29 minutes, again with a minute's lead over second place.

The next event to be held at Stowe is the Middle Distance Triathlon on 29th September. Standard Distance and Sprint Distance Races will also be taking place, so for those who want to test themselves once more, get your entries in!

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