Derby Triathlon Club

2009 DTC Club Relays

On 30th July 2009, on a gorgeous summers evening, the Club Relays took place at Etwall. With problems on the A50 creating travelling difficulties, the race start was slightly delayed but finally got underway at about 19:25. With no pool we decided not to have a swim leg in the duck pond and the race format was based on a double Duathlon: Transition in the top car park of John Port School

  • Run - 1.5km (to the stile on Sutton Lane)
  • Bike - 7.4km (2 laps of Etwall)
  • Run - 2km (Down Sutton Lane to the disused railway, up the steps and back)
  • Bike - 7.4km (2 laps of Etwall)
  • Run - 2km (Down Sutton Lane to the disused railway, up the steps and back)

The teams of 2 people were created by pairing up people based on previous performances so that the abilities in the teams would hopefully be similar and lead to some close racing. Both team members had to complete the first run with the first bike leg not starting until both had completed the 1.5km run. It was then up to each team to determine their own tactics with each team member required to complete a further 2 legs. Did you have a dedicated runner and dedicated biker or did each team member complete a bike and run leg which would then involve a transition? - decisions, decisions!

As an added bonus GRANT MCKINLEY brought his Junior triathletes to join in with each of the run legs. Although the Junior members were given a 30sec headstart on the first run it won't be long before some of them will be giving the adults a head start. It was really good to have both the Junior and Senior members of the Club mixing together.

The first run divided the field sufficiently so everyone wasn't heading out on the bikes together and then the racing proper started. After some excellent racing TOBY MANSFIELD and HAYDEN SMEDLEY managed to hold off the other teams on the final run to take the victory. Congratulation gentlemen!

A special mention and performance of the day must go to LIDDY LOUDON. Before the race started we only had 9 competitors and we needed an extra person to make up 5 teams. Liddy had just had her dinner and had come along to help with the time keeping and support everyone racing. Wearing a t-shirt, walking trousers and trainers made Liddy the perfect team mate for John Manning. Within the space of five minutes Liddy went from a nice relaxing evening to running 5.5km. Although not perfectly attired and with her dinner threatening to re-appear Liddy put two excellent runs in which saw her and John Manning come a close second.

Thanks to Bill, Kerry and Dave for their timekeeping, marshalling and supporting. A good evening was had but all.


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