Blake completes his first middle distance triathlon

Blake Hutchinson.
Blake Hutchinson.
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It was the turn of the standard and middle distance athletes at the weekend as Belvoir Tri Club members travelled up to Yorkshire and down to Rutland to take part in events.

Blake Hutchinson and Gerry Hyde travelled to Ripon to take part in the Rubicon Middle Distance Triathlon and Trident Standard Distance Triathlon respectively, both held in the grounds of Newby Hall.

Blake, competing in his first middle distance triathlon, started off proceedings with a 7am 1.2-mile swim in the beautiful River Ure, followed by a 56-mile bike leg and a half marathon to finish.

“I was pleased with how the swim went and enjoyed the washing machine experience as 300-plus swimmers set off at the same time,” Blake said.

The bike leg is Blake’s strongest discipline and he produced a strong ride, averaging nearly 23 miles an hour over the 56-mile route.

The 13-mile run proved tough in the warm weather.

Blake added: “I really enjoyed the event and will definitely be looking to do more at this distance in the future.”

Blake’s total finishing time was 5 hrs 27 mins.

Gerry took part in the Standard distance event, half the distance of the middle distance.

He said: “Apart from the sun glare and cold water the swim went well. I stayed out of trouble on the right-hand bank, but it was clear water.”

Gerry came out the water close to his 30 minute target, followed by a long run to the timing mat at T1.

“After a reasonable sub two-minute transition the bike went well and I had a posse of elites on the Rubicon race to chase, which kept the averages up, resulting in an decent bike time of 1 hr 05 mins 32 secs,” he continued.

Following a near-perfect T2, the run started with negotiating a steep scaffold bridge which was erected so the runners didn’t impede the cyclists on the road through the Newby Hall grounds.

“It was very steep on both sides but I somehow kept running,” Gerry said.

“Given how little run training I had done over the summer due to injury, I was really pleased with my pace on this mixed trail and paved course, but was amazed at a really slow time on finishing (46 mins 54 secs).”

Gerry’s final finish time was 2 hrs 27 mins 04 secs.

Further South, Wayne Searle took part in the Vitruvian Triathlon.

The event was held at Rutland Water.

He finished the course in a total of 6 hrs 11 mins 41 secs.