Tuesday 21 August 2012

Tri Together, Monster Middle and F3 Shiplake Triathlons 2012 now live

The following race galleries are now live and online:

Tri-Together triathlon at Crystal Palace


Monster Middle Distance at Ely


F3 Big Shiplake Tri

Please read the search specific instructions on each of the race galleries in order to find all your images - it's just so difficult with triathlons, number belts and helmet numbers, and swimming in wetsuits to identify you sometimes - even using timing mats and results data for the finish line photos can help - but there is no substitute for big clear numbers on show to help us catalogue your photos correctly for you.

Our recommendation is to always have your race numbers written on your hands, and a helmet number (with about 24mm / 1 inch high numbers) visible from the front, a nearside shin (left leg) so it can be read from the front for bike photos. Apart from that - numbers on the front and unflapped on the run please. If you can pin them, please do - number belts are not fit for purpose !
and also if you can - Swim hats - write the number on your forehead of the swim cap - not the sides or back.

Very well done to everyone at all the races who competed in the hottest conditions all year for their racing. It certainly affected the number of people who turned up on the day to the races, with temperatures going above 30degC at Ely - there were bound to be casualties from the heat across all the races on Sunday.

First up - here's some images from Ely and the Monster Middle Distance Triathlon. Well done to everyone concerned from the Athletes, officials, CamSAR, StuWeb Timing, and the caterers - all taking the burden of the hot weather onboard.

A nice swim in the Cam to start things off at 7am, sun breaking across the flood plains
Shame we can't identify him, but he's from Ipswich

Zooming round the corner, sun in the background

Tight conditions on the A10 as the harvest was being gathered and the tractors and balers were out in force. You wouldn't want to draught behind this one...

Some people made it look easy

That's Ely Cathedral in the distance, 4 miles away, just before the Wisbeach roundabout left turn - it's visible (but out of focus) in the background to some of the bike photos (see photo above this for an example)

Nothing like a nice swim to get you going in the morning

Sub 4 hrs for the win - a truly epic time from Joe Skipper of 3:59:41 for the middle distance and a 9 minute lead.

No risk of Tractors on the closed loops of the Crystal Palace estate at the Tri-Together triathlon organised by the Leonard Cheshire Disability Charity.
Multi-lap cycling and running kept the competition keen and tight again in Hot conditions - although refreshed by a passing thunderstorm for 20 minutes in the middle !
Well done to Caroline and the team on organising such a great event at the CP National Sports Stadium http://www.lcdisability.org/?lid=15807

Rain at the end. Harsh

Sprint finish and dip for the line

Great Team achievements from the men

Relief at finishing

Great team Achievements from the women

For the finish - good racing all the way

A good victory wave into the line

Jane Egan - British Para triathlete - put in a good finish sprint

The peace and quiet of the bike course on the CP estate

Meanwhile over at Shiplake they were all jumping into the Thames for a Sprint or Standard triathlon with F3 events. A Sprint or standard distance triathlon over the roads from Shipley to Henley.

Off for a quick swim along the Thames
Swim exit was pretty obvious and easy to spot
A fast 3 laps if you're up for it on the bike
Slightly more sensible pace otherwise

It also doubled as a buoyancy aid on the swim

Strong finish at the end
Relief at making it back in one piece

New Prizes include trophy and a Chihuahua to go in it
 Very well done to everyone on this most triathlon of triathlon days. If you were thinking of one more triathlon before the end of the school holidays then next weekend there are the following races for your delightand worth considering:

Arundel Castle 10: http://bit.ly/arundel10k-entry
Vachery Triathlon festival: http://bit.ly/vachery_triathlon_2012
Canterbury Half Marathon: http://bit.ly/Canterbury-half-marathon-entry-2012

until next time,

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