A trifecta of successful triathlons for Bassetlaw Club

Bassetlaw Sprint Triathlon
Bassetlaw Sprint Triathlon

Bassetlaw Triathlon Club made it a hat-trick of successful sprint races on Sunday, as 221 triathletes crossed the finish line at Worksop Leisure Centre.

A 400m swim was followed by a 21km bike route that took entrants out through Langold, Letwell and Woodsetts before a return to Valley Road.

Bassetlaw Sprint Triathlon 2015

Bassetlaw Sprint Triathlon 2015

The triathletes finished the event with a 5km run around local streets.

While for the average competitor, the race only lasted just under an hour and a half, it’s nearly a year in the planning and organising.

Bassetlaw Tri Club’s Jo Summers explained: “As a club we are very proud of the event.

“The work that goes into putting on an event of this nature takes most of the year with a final push of route marking and site set up.

“Many thanks to those who helped make the event possible.

“We have been inundated with positive feedback from athletes and the race official, it is lovely to hear that all the hard work has paid off.

“Around 80 marshals were involved on race day, a mixture of club members, family and friends and members of other local clubs, the inter club support within Bassetlaw is very strong and a real asset to the area.”

The club, and its flagship event, were established as part of the London 2012 Olympic legacy.

One of their main goals is to introduce new people to the sport, and guide them into racing.

Grace Gilham is one of those who got hooked after watching last year’s event.

She said: “A year ago I watched my husband and his friends take part in the Bassetlaw Triathlon as part of a team.

“I remember thinking to myself that I’d never be able to do something like this bearing in mind I’d just had my second baby and was incredibly unfit.

“A year later I’ve done it, in a time that I’m incredibly proud of and its all down to the club for their time, support and encouragement.”

“It is a fantastic club and I’m proud to be a member.”

Worksop Guardian sports editor Graham Smyth took part in the event, and lauded the organisers’ efforts.

He said: “This was my third experience of the Bassetlaw Sprint Triathlon and it was just as well organised as the first two.

“The marshals were all brilliantly helpful and encouraging, they made sure you knew where you are and what’s going on at all times.

“And the atmosphere is fantastic on race day, really friendly and welcoming.”

The winner on Sunday was Andy Tarry, who crossed the line in 57 minutes 22 seconds.

Nottingham teacher Tarry completed the swin in 5:44, the bike leg in 33:28 and the run in 17:02 to finish a full three minutes ahead of second placed Chris Davies from Lincoln Tri Club.

Team Manvers triathlete Wayne Bulcroft was third, almost three minutes behind Davies.

First female Rachel Forrest recorded splits of 5:57, 42:56 and 22:31 to finish in 1:13:07.

She was just nine seconds ahead of Sarah Richards, and Erica Morris completed the women’s podium.

‘Tri to Catch Us’ were the first team to complete the race in 1:10:08.

With their third home race done and dusted, Bassetlaw Tri Club want to continue to pick up momentum.

Summers added: “We hope to welcome more new members in the coming months, introducing more people to the sport we love.”

For more information visit www.bassetlawtriclub.co.uk