This was the first ever (and possibly the last) Ipswich Triathlon run by Island Races in the stunning grounds of Woolverstone Hall. The Hall is a Grade 1 listed mansion set in 80 acres of Suffolk parkland on the banks of the River Orwell.
Four Tri-Force member made the long journey to Ipswich (Hannah Barker, Antonia Jubb, Ethan Storti and Florence Crowley), ready from the previous week’s practice Tri-Force Junior Triathlon race.
Tristart 3 (swim 300m, Bike 6k, Run 2.4k)
There were 17 girls racing in T3. Antonia started this season with a familiar fast swim, and continued this onto the bike and run course. Her times were the fastest in all 3 disciplines. She finished 1st, to win by over a minute from the next placed finisher.
Hannah exited the pool 5th, although she was only 9 seconds off 3rd place and made up some time in transition 1. A 9th place bike leg lost some positions but again Hannah made up time on transition 2. Hannah had a super run to finish 5th overall.
Tristart 2 (swim 200m, Bike 4k, Run 1.6k)
In the T2 girls race, there were 10 competitors who started. Florence is always consistent across all 3 legs and today was no different. She had a 2nd place swim and fast transition to take her into contention on the bike leg. She came into Transition 2 with a 3rd place on the bike, although this was only 2 seconds off 2nd. Florence had the fastest run to easily secure a 2nd overall.
The T2 boys race started with 19 competitors. Ethan had a good swim, exiting the pool in 7th place. He made up time on the bike course with a 5th place. However there were a number of fast runners in T2. Ethan’s 16th place on the run reflected how close the boys’ times were. This gave Ethan a 7th overall.
Tristart 1 (swim 150m, Bike 2k, Run 1.2k)
Although Tri-Force didn’t have any competitors in the Tristart 1 race, we were aware of the confusion in and out of transition which led to 6 competitors running an additional 3 laps of the course. British Triathlon has since advised Island Races to adjust these run times by a third to provide a fair reflection for the overall race time.
Overall the race numbers on the day were low and a number of participants did not finish. The race organisers have said that a number of their marshalls received abuse on the day from other clubs as a result errors made and are unlikely to hold this race again.
Its a shame when adult behaviour can mar the enjoyment from a children’s triathlon. We would like to thank the Tri-Force members and parents who represented our club with a great attitude.
Well done to all that took part.