TRIATHLON: Belvoir Tri Club’s Julie makes debut in Kent competition

Julie Mckie
Julie Mckie
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Belvoir Tri Club novice Julie Mckie made her competition debut at the Leeds Castle Sprint event in Kent.

The race comprised of a standard 750m swim, followed by a 26km cycle leg, topped off with a challenging 5km cross-country run.

Thomas and Isabelle Perks

Thomas and Isabelle Perks

Julie completed the swim in 17min 39secs. She said: “The swim was amazing, at one point we swam under part of the castle walls.”

Taking just over an hour to complete the undulating bike course and a fraction over 27 minutes to complete the run, her finish time was 1:54:51, placing her 19th in her age group.

Julie said: “I have six weeks to prepare for my next triathlon, an Olympic distance in London on August 8. The friendly support, wealth of experience and professional advice offered to members of the Belvoir Tri Club is second to none.

“I was predominantly a runner when I joined the club, but being a member encouraged me to try new things and so many exciting possibilities and opportunities now await me.”

Elsewhere, another one of Belvoir Tri Club’s novice triathletes, Rachel Smith, took to the roads of East Anglia to take part in the ‘Flat out in the Fens’ cycling sportive. She completed the 100km event in 5:39:29, achieving the bronze standard for her efforts.

Rachel said: “I’m really happy with my time, it’s the furthest I’ve ever cycled and the weather really didn’t help, with torrential rain and strong fenland winds.”

Finally, there was a glimpse of the future of Belvoir Tri Club as Thomas and Isabelle Perks raced at Oakham Junior Tri, hosted by Racetime Events.

Thomas competed in the Tristar1 event which comprised of a 150m swim, 1.6km bike and 1.2km run, coming home in 18min, good enough for 17th place. Isabelle competed in the Tristart race, which comprised of a 50m swim, 800m bike and 600m run, finishing in 12:20 which saw her take eighth place.