Go Tri Race Report – 17th September 2017
Castle Tri hosted our 6th Go Tri event on 17th September 2017 at Prudhoe Waterworld, which was another tremendous success, and once again our marshals lived up to our reputation as the loudest supporters in the North- East!
Fifty-seven Go Tri athletes assembled to take part on an unexpected sunny Sunday morning in Prudhoe. For most, this would be their first taste of triathlon: Go Tri events are aimed at newcomers and Castle Tri do all we can to make the atmosphere welcoming, relaxed, friendly and fun. As ever, the event attracted a diverse group of entrants, from teenagers to sixty-somethings.
The Go Tri course followed the same format as our previous events. Athletes started with a 200m swim which is designed to mimic open water conditions as much as is possible in the pool. Swimmers started in small ‘waves’ of around five people, entering the water in the shallow beach area and completing two laps around an inflatable buoy.
The Go Tri athletes negotiated transition between the swim and bike in the Waterworld car park, swapping swimming goggles for helmets and shoes, and pulling on some layers to keep the chill at bay before heading out on the one-lap 9km bike course. Marshals stationed around the bike route were on hand to provide mechanical support, advice and of course enthusiastic encouragement! It is impossible to avoid hills when riding in Prudhoe, and Hammerite Hill provided the biggest test of the day.
With that challenge safely negotiated, the riders returned to the transition area to rack their bikes, and head out on the undulating, three-lap, 2.4km run. All 64 entrants completed the full course, which is a fantastic result. The atmosphere back at Waterworld was superb, with supporters and volunteers loudly cheering all the runners over the line to finish their first triathlon!
This was our last go tri of the season, and what a brilliant end. We hope that the event has inspired some local people to consider entering their first sprint distance triathlon next year! Why not come and do some winter training with Castle tri? We would love to see you and help you get ready for next year! Check out our facebook page, website or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on training sessions.
Massive thanks go to:
· Gav Appleby, Castle Tri Events Officer, who works tirelessly to organise these fantastic events;
· One Life Racing in Hexham for providing the bike racking, which makes the transition area look and feel just like a ‘big race’ set up.
· Richard Roberts, Castle Tri member, for providing the transition cones
· Alice Stroyan for her amazing photography of the event – to see any of your photos please check the Castle Tri Facebook page
· All our volunteers and marshals for giving up their time and providing support and encouragement, we know that this makes all the difference to the participants;
· And, of course, everyone who entered or came and supported their friends and family – these events are all about you and we hope to see some of you soon!
“Superb event and morning, well done to Gav and all the wonderfully cheerful & supportive marshalls on the course!! Excellent effort from all competitors especially you first-time triathletes, you should be proud of yourselves, get yourselves another race booked!!!”
“Brilliant event. You’re right it’s not the easiest but you’ve just got to take it on. Great organisation – very slick. A credit to your Club. Thanks everyone for making it a brilliant morning.”
“Still absolutely buzzing and enjoyed every second of it. Well organised thank you so much to all the coaches and volunteers who made it safe and possible.”