3 members of Wight Tri – Stuart Dyer, Jan Fletcher and new member Mathew Parr-Burman – travelled to Grafham Water near Cambridge recently to take on the Anglian Water Standard Distance Triathlon, which incorporated the 2020 Age Group World Championships standard distance qualifier.
Due to particularly cold conditions the swim was reduced from 1.5km to 1km for safety reasons. A number of triathletes were unable to complete the swim due to the cold conditions but the Wight Tri trio braved the freezing temperatures and successfully completed the first leg in the choppy Grafham Water lake.
From transition it was onto the 38km bike leg consisting of open roads and an undulating route, including a mandatory foot down point. Due to the cold temperatures and increasing winds additional layers were required. The wind picked up during the event and at times there were deceptive side and head winds to contend with making a normally fast course far more challenging.
Back into transition and out onto the 10km run, following the dam wall, returning back into a headwind continuing past transition, continuing on an out and back undulating route along the footpaths and cycle path returning back to transition to the much welcomed finish line and warm layers.
Stuart Dyer was first home for Wight Tri and completed the course in an excellent 2:07.32 (Swim 16:39, bike 1:05.58, run 41:35) finishing 94th male overall and 6th in his age group (50-54).
Matthew Parr-Burman completed the course in 2:19.16 (swim 18:22, bike 1:12.31, run 43:27) finishing 184th male and 24th in his age group (50-54).
Meanwhile, Jan Fletcher completed the course in 2:22.52 (Swim 18:05, bike 1:12.26, run 46:18) finishing in 11th position in her age group (40-44) and 51st female overall in a very competitive field.
Jan struggled with the cold: she had no feeling in her hands for the first 6 miles of the bike ride and her feet felt number until the 3rd mile of the run. The cold cost Jan a lot of time in T1 where she struggled to get out of her wetsuit due to dizziness and lack of any feeling in her hands and feet, losing 12 places. Grit and determination saw Jan recoup 14 places before crossing the finish line.
This was Jan’s first standard distance of the season before heading off to the European championships next month and then representing the Isle of Wight at the forthcoming Island Games in Gibraltar.
Stuart and Jan are travelling to Weert, Amsterdam in June to represent Team GB in the European Standard Distance Championships where the conditions will hopefully be a lot warmer.