4 Wight Tri members – Laura Abrook, Nina French, Kev Winchcombe and Nick Kenny – took on the Outlaw Bowood Half Ironman Triathlon in Wiltshire last week.

The event started with a 1.2-mile swim in the Bowood Lake, followed by a 56-mile cycle around the Wiltshire countryside to finish with a 3 lap, 13.1-mile run through the Bowood estate.

This was the first event for Laura, having given birth to twin girls only 10 months ago. For Kevin, it was his first event in a long time as a result of an Achilles injury which left him unable to run at all for several months.

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First to finish of the quartet was Nick who had a solid performance to finish 17th in the 50-54 category in 5hrs 12 mins 7 secs, with splits of 37:51 for the swim;  2:47:29 for the cycle and finishing with a swift 1:41:37 for the half marathon run.

Kevin, also in this age group, swam well to post 37:49 for the swim and then completed the cycle route in 3:10:08. However, he showed his true courage and determination to complete the run in 2:49:13 to finish in 6:47:39, despite being in pain.

Even though Laura’s babies didn’t give her the best preparation on race morning or allow her to really train at all, she showed how tough she is to complete such a long event so close to giving birth. A super swim (38:31), a solid bike (3:25:02) and a really strong run (2:22:47) to finish awarded Laura with a 6:37:28 overall time and 34th in 30-34 Age Group. However, the best award was waiting for her at the end… her husband Josh with her twin girls!

Nina had a super race with excellent split times in all disciplines, starting with a 38:01 swim, storming the bike leg with a 3:03:21 split and 2:12:06 for the run to finish in a very commendable time of 6:04:45 and 5th out of 24 in the 55-59 age group.

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