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Swanage triathlon 2009 race report

In an effort to keep my readers (I know there are millions of you out there :)) updated I thought that I would try to write a few reports on recent races that I have done…so here goes.

On Sunday 9 August 2009 I took part in the Swanage Olympic triathlon in Swange(obviously) which is close to Poole/Bournemouth.

I travelled to Swanage on the Friday evening and stayed at the Herston camping site, which was not the best camp site I’ve ever stayed in and was incredibly overpriced. I paid £20 a night for a 2 man tent and the ablutions blocks were abysmal to say the least. Also, the other campers were pretty bleak when our crew of about 20 people work up on Sunday morning at 05:00 to get ready for the race, but I suppose that was to be expected anyway.

Registration took place on the Saturday and was very conveniently located close to the main promenade and beach, and offered exactly what an athlete wants before race day…a hassle free registration. There was a store at the registration tent offering a few bargains, but nothing out of the ordinary.

I really enjoyed the race on Sunday and ended up switching waves so that I could race against two of my training partners, which made for some exciting moments in the final few metres of the run where I was involved in a sprint finish that I lost 🙁

The swim was fantastic, except for the middle section where we had to clamber up some slippery steps and run down a slipway before heading back towards the main beach. The water temperature was ideal and being a relatively small race I didn’t feel like every other triathlete in the race was on top of me.

After the swim there was quite a challenging run along the promenade and up a few steps to the transition. Then it was on onto the bike which was also really enjoyable, although it would have been better if they roads were closed. If the event gets bigger it would be great if the organisers could request some police marshalling from the council. The bike leg offered one challenging decent with 3 s bends, one or two climbs requiring some effort and lots of rolling hills where one was able to keep the one’s speed pretty constant. Also, there was quite a lot of beautiful scenery to look at during the 40km route.

Sprint finish

Then it was into transition again and onto the run, which was a BEASTY to say the least. There was 400ft of climbing in the first few km’s and I have to admit that I did walk at one stage when I was running up the first big hill. Once the hill had been conquered one was rewarded with a fantastic view across the bay and of the country side, which did make it worth it :). Then there was a steep decent and a loop in the country side before heading back to town for the finish.

Swanage is a lovely little town and I hope that the triathlon gets more popular as it was a really enjoyable although the organisers could the following improvements:

  • To realize that I changed numbers and waves and am not still waiting to start 🙂
  • Road closures for the bike course
  • Finishers medals
  • A proper timing system with timing chips

Here is a link to the event

Thanks to Megan for taking such cool photos…I hope you don’t mind that I’ve used them on my blog 🙂

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