Belvoir Tri Club’s Chris Masters competed in the Jenson Button Trust Triathlon at Markeaton Park, Derby, in glorious weather conditions on Sunday.
Competitors had the chance to race against the 2009 Formula 1 World Champion and other triathletes twice during the day.
The preliminary heats in the morning were held over a super sprint distance of 200m lake swim, 10km cycle and 2.5km run. The qualifying triathletes from this heat went on to compete in the sprint final with distances of 400m swim, 20km cycle and 5km run, with the remaining competitors competing for the wooden spoon in afternoon heats over another super sprint distance race.
Chris Masters completed the first heat in 35min 29sec, placing him just outside the elite race for the afternoon. The elite race consisted of many GBR and international triathletes, including Jenson Button himself.
Chris competed in the afternoon wooden spoon race and completed it in 33:44, placing him 11th in a field of 263.
Chris commented: “It was a brilliant family orientated event and very well organised. Swimming without a wetsuit sped up my transitions, and the bike leg was cycling into Derby city centre and back out again and was very well supported.
“I’m looking forward to doing the event next year and hopefully getting in to the elite final next time.”
Another Belvoir Tri member, Chris Pugh, raced further south in the Midlands on Sunday, in a new triathlon event in the Tri England calendar. The triathlon was based at Brixworth Country Park and utilised the superb facilities of Northampton Sailing Club,
The standard distance triathlon consisted of a 1500m swim in the Pitsford Reservoir, a terrific undulating 40km bike course on some of the best cycling roads in the county, and a 10.2km run course that took the 200 competitors around the lake perimeter.
Chris crossed the finish line in 2:33, placing him a very respectable ninth in his age group of 37.
He said: “This was a key race for me to do and perform well in. The Pitsford Reservoir location is a beautiful spot and it is where I first got into triathlon with the Northants Tri Club.
“I really wanted to perform well and show how much I’d moved forward from those early days. The race was tough in the heat but I managed to perform to a level I was happy with.”