Lee Valley August Open Water Aquathlon 2016

Christy Durbin and Sophie Mabbs were the only 2 Tri-Force Juniors who made the short journey to the Lee Valley White Water Centre in Waltham Cross where a monthly open water aquathlon is organized by Hoddesdon Triathlon Club. The venue is where the white water slalom canoeing took place at the 2012 Olympics.
The swim was held in a clear water man made pool where people learn to canoe and so is not too deep, and for those that are a little nervous about trying open water swimming is a superb place to try out this discipline. The run was held on a path next to the various canoe slalom courses at the location.

The weather was definitely not what was expected at the beginning of August cold and drizzly but that did not dampen the enthusiasm of all the Hoddesdon kids and the 2 Tri-Force Juniors girls.
After an explanation of the course,
2016 Lee Valley Aug Aquathlon CD & SM Start 1all of the Tristar 3 and 2 boys and girls entered the pool together, although Sophie did seem to be a bit reluctant trying to protect her brand new nail varnish!!!!
2016 Lee Valley Aug Aquathlon SM Nails 1
After a count down they all set off on the 250m swim around 3 buoys.

Despite both Sophie and Christy going slightly off course they both put in good performances on the swim with Sophie coming out of the water ahead of everyone else
2016 Lee Valley Aug Aquathlon SM Swim 1and Christy being the second girl out of the water.

After a reasonable transition both girls set off on to the run which included a climb at the start. Christy immediately started to close down on Sophie who has had chronic knee problems all season and by a third of the way around the course with the girls running together Sophie pulled out in absolute agony. Christy continued on the run and was closing down rapidly on the older Hoddesdon boys by the finish and was the first girl to cross the line.

After the kids event there was an adults event which Paul Durbin competed in.

As a club we should aim to fully support the next event on September 6th as this will give the kids invaluable open water experience at an excellent venue.

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