Race Report: Stowe Triathlon 7th July 2013
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!