The first ever aquathlon training race was held at Sandringham School on Sunday 22nd March. The weather forecast was not at all good, but thankfully it stayed dry and the sun even came out for a while but there was still a very chilly wind to contend with.
The Race Director and the Committee decided to try and set the course up in as near an identical fashion as possible to the Basildon course the following week to enable the kids to get some practice on an up and back course finishing on a running track. Out came the distance meter and the helpers started marking out the course and the various turn around points. Only when the Tristar 1 turn around marker was put out did suspicions start to arise that the distance meter was not accurate. The Race Director then did 1 lap of the running track which confirmed that the meter setting was in miles and not kilometres and so the run course had to be re-measured and adjusted accordingly. Even so when we got to the far end of the field we had only just got to the Tristar 2 turn around point which made us appreciate just how far the Tristar 3 and Youth boys and girls have to run.
37 kids turned up to register for the race and it was immediately evident how many of the competitors had never competed in an aquathlon before – by my reckoning 14 which was really great to see. Having registered, the kids then set up their transition area next to the swimming pool building with the coaches on hand to give all the advice that was necessary.
After walking some of the course to spot their appropriate turn around run points and receiving a race briefing from the race director the kids all lined up excitedly in the swimming pool area awaiting their turn to enter the water.
Although the racing was tough, a lot of the competitors had smiles on their faces and one in particular was definitely not camera shy!!!!!!!!!
With the cool weather, the kids were very glad to find the foil wraps at the finish, although members of one family certainly took wearing them to the extreme!!!!!
The Committee would like to thank everyone who helped out on the day, and hope that the kids found the race really helpful for the following weekend at Basildon, although no one could have predicted how bad the weather that they would encounter would be.