Wight Tri members Martin Goodall, Kev Winchcombe and Gill Bushell, who had kept that she was doing it a secret, competed in the Outlaw X Half Iron distance triathlon on Sunday (22nd September).
This year’s event, based in the grounds of Thoresby Park in Nottinghamshire, was a 10 year anniversary of the Outlaw Events.
The 1900m swim was in a private, clear, freshwater lake which had a 500m run from the lake to transition. The bike was a single 57 mile lap, which was fairly undulating. The run was a picturesque 3 lap course half marathon distance with a couple of long hills with athletes having to run on a hard-packed stone/grass trail through farms and woodland.
It rained on and off throughout the race and at times the rain was bordering on being torrential.
Martin had an earlier start time than Kev and Gill and easily completed the swim gaining himself a PB time of 35:15. Kev had a steady swim, but unfortunately, Gill struggled to control her breathing at the beginning of the swim, but with the help of the safety crew she managed to get through.
All 3 had good bike times setting them all up for the final matter of completing the 13.1 miles run
Martin completed the run in under 2 hours to finish in 5:44:27 to earn himself a 70.3 PB. Kev finished in 6:49:37 followed by Gill in 7:47:51 to complete her first 70.3 event with her big smile beaming across her face.
“I managed to execute my race day plan to perfection, swim well, be sensible, eat and drink lots throughout the bike & run steady!”
Kev was pleased with his swim and bike but due to a recent injury, he was unable to train properly for the run. But overall, he was pleased to have competed his 3rd 70.3.
“Once I had sorted out my breathing out in the lake, I absolutely loved it and being able to run down the carpet and finish with Albert, her grandson, was the icing on the cake.”