Derby Triathlon Club

Full Boar Olympic Triathlon – Race Report by Gavin Fletcher

The Full Boar Olympic Triathlon was held on the 5th June in Market Bosworth with the event starting and finishing at the Market Bosworth Water Trust Park.

This was to be my first Olympic Triathlon so I didn’t quite know what to expect. I chose this event as my first at this distance because, I’d already swum in the lake, it was close by and also reasonably priced at £52.50.

Prior to the event I’d been practicing at the club summer series events and transition training nights, but now it was time to put it all into practice.

On the morning of the actual race the weather was unsettled, one minute it was sunny, then cloudy then raining so trying to work out what to wear was a bit awkward. I arrived in good time at the event and registered without any problems. The transition area was a little different to most other races that I’d already done in that you chose where you wanted to put your bike and kit rather than being allocated an area based on your race number. I decided to pick somewhere in the middle, next to a support leg to help me locate my kit.

The start was slightly delayed due to the boat that should have been putting the swim buoys out had broken down but we started the race just after the 9:30. There was 76 starters so a fairly small field.

It was a water start so I picked a spot in the middle so I didn’t get beaten up too much. The swim went well and I was in a small group of 4 or 5 swimmers most of the way round the 2 laps until the last couple of hundred metres where 2 of us seem to move ahead. We both exited the water close together in just over 26minutes. T1 went well (1:17) but you wouldn’t think so with the shouts of encouragements’ from my wife telling me to go faster!

The bike leg was a 2 lap course which takes you through the villages around Market Bosworth so not too much traffic. It was undulating but not what I would call hilly but the wind did make it a struggle at times. On the second lap the sun started to shine making my decision to put on my DTC cycling jacket a bit of a mistake but nothing major, I completed the bike leg in 1hr22mins including a toilet stop in a farmer’s field! T2 went really well (00:35) must have been all that practice (thanks Hilary & Ian).

The run was a 4 lap course around the lake and park on a mix of grass and paths. At the end of the first lap I was already fed up and I still had to do it 3 more times! I dug in for the next 3 laps knowing that there was a BBQ waiting for me and came across the line with a big smile on my face in just over 46mins giving me a total time of 2hrs37mins.

There were two other from Derby Tri who took part. Robert Cogings finished in 2hrs36mins and Kieran Saxon finished in 2hrs56mins.

Comparing it to other triathlons I have already completed I would recommend this as a good event for all trialthete’s new and old as it has something for everyone. It was a fairly small event so you wouldn’t feel too out of your depth but it did also have some good age groupers there if you want to be tested with the winners time being just over 2 hours.

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