TRIATHLON: Belvoir’s Hunt finishes 16th in Big Cow race

Karl Hunt (left) is pictured with fellow Belvoir Tri Club member Mike Goddard who was competing for Lanark Tri Club on Sunday.
Karl Hunt (left) is pictured with fellow Belvoir Tri Club member Mike Goddard who was competing for Lanark Tri Club on Sunday.
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Karl Hunt represented Belvoir Tri Club at Big Cow – the 2016 British Sprint Distance Championships held in Emberton Country Park, Buckinghamshire, on Sunday.

The race consisted of a 750m open water swim, 20km bike and 5km run.

Karl exited the water in 19th place and made up a further four places on the bike, dropping one place on the run route to secure a finish in 16th place in a time of 1hr 10min 23sec.

He commented: “Having only managed 20km of run training in the last three months through various injuries and carrying a fresh knee injury, the 5km run at the end was always going to be a case of just getting to the finish line.

“My head is now firmly in injury rehab mode whilst trying to maintain race speed as I set my sights on pulling on my GBR Trisuit for the third time at the European Sprint Distance Championships in Lisbon on May 27.”

Clubmate Neil Baldwin entered the Exe Valley Sprint Triathlon at Tiverton, North Devon, on Sunday in near perfect weather conditions.

The sprint triathlon consisted of a 400m pool-based swim, a 26km undulating bike ride on Exmoor country roads on an out-and-back route. The race finished with a 5km very hilly run route. Neil finished 65th out of 292 and 22nd in his age category in a time of 1:18:06.

Belvoir Tri’s Lorna Fox competed in some adrenaline-pumping challenges in the Tough Mudder Half at Belvoir Castle on Saturday.

The beautiful 16,000 acres of the Belvoir Estate hosted the event and unlike the Midlands of old, Belvoir Castle offered lung-busting hills, lots of woodlands and plenty of mud and water.

Lorna said: “It was great fun. I was in mud up to my neck, climbing over obstacles that required lots of team effort. I ending up bruised and battered and stinking like a sewer.”

Belvoir triathlete Rachel Smith participated in the Skegness Sprint Triathlon on Sunday after 13 months out of training due to injury.

The triathlon route was set around the Richmond Holiday Park and was the first race in the Lincs Tri Series. The event consisted of a 400m pool-based swim, followed by a relatively flat 18km bike leg on a two-lap course between the holiday park and Gibraltar Point Nature Reserve. The race finished with a 5km cross country run near the Skegness Eco Coastal Centre and wooded areas.

Rachel, who finished in 1:41:36, commented: “The race went really well, the support was amazing and I’m really pleased that I finished.

“Belvoir Tri Club have been supportive and helped settle the pre-race nerves I had. I have eight weeks left to prepare for my next triathlon, which is a standard distance with an open water swim.”