Tuesday, 29 September 2009
Photos from the For Goodness Shakes ! Extreme Terrain Festival are now live. Click here to view the photos: http://gallery.sussexsportphotography.com/a.tlx?k=advzev3
Runners, riders and swimmers were greeted by a misty lake and the promise of warm weather on the MOD training area at Hawley Lake for the 2009 For Goodness Shakes! Extreme Terrain Festival. With a record entry field and some 6 different events taking place it promised to be a great day of cross country racing.
The finish scene was set and it was time for the action to begin.
First race of the day was the Extreme Terrain 10k (XT10) a challenging cross country 10k run across heathland, woodland tracks and fire tracks.
William Clark took the front right from the start and held on to win in 35:40 closely followed by Adam Przedrzymirski who finished in 35:45.
Then with the bikes all racked and the last of the mist clearing from the lake, it was time for the duathlons to get underway.
First off was the Extreme Terrain Duathlon Sprint (XTD Sprint) one 5k lap of the run course, followed by 12k on the bike, then topped off with another 2km cross country run. Here's a quick video of them getting underway.
Elite athlete Sam Gardener, was well supported on the day as he won the XTD Sprint by a clear margin.
In the Extreme Terrain Duathlon Full (XTD Full) Jim McConnell (285) was the early leader and maintained his lead to finish some 7 mins ahead of a strong field.
Paul Davies running into transition during the XTX Full to finish second overall.
Out on the bike course there was plenty of water so those without a swim didn't feel left out!
First into the lake were the athletes in the Extreme Terrain Aquathon (XTA), followed closely by the triathletes.
After the 1.5km 2 lap swim in the lake, local athlete Stuart Boswell of Farnham Tri Club heads out of transition to start his 10km run and finish overall in 10th place.
The last two events of the day were the Extreme Terrain Triathlon Sprint and Full Distances (XTT Sprint & XTT Full)
First out of the water and onto the bike course in the XTT Full was Cedric LASSONDE, who went on to finish second overall, with Tim McDowell beating him to first place.
And there were plenty of smiles at the finish from those completing the triathlons.
And a big thumbs up for everyone who competed during the 2009 For Goodness Shakes! Extreme Terrain Festival organised by All About Triathlons .
The post race For Goodness Shakes ! Drinks and free hot dogs helped with the recovery and the event technical T-shirts were popular.
Congratulations to all who took part and to the organisers for putting on a great event. No doubt some of you are already looking forward to the 2010 Extreme Terrain Festival, but if you're looking for another event by the same organisers this weekend, then why not go for the The Orientator. Click here for more details. http://www.allabouttriathlons.co.uk/events_orientator.php
Now it's time for me to sign off and for you to view your pictures from the day, we've over 14,000 so you should be there. Click here to go straight to the event gallery and enter your race number in the seach box at the top of the page. http://gallery.sussexsportphotography.com/a.tlx?k=advzev3