Triathletes raise the profile of Exeter University Triathlon Club at BUCS Olympic Distance Event
Nine of the most committed triathletes of the University of Exeter Triathlon Club competed in the challenging and competitive BUCS Olympic Distance Triathlon on Sunday 27th May. The race consisted of a 1500m swim, 40k cycle and 10k run.
The athletes represented both the University and the newly established Triathlon Club and with the Women’s team placing fourth and the men’s finishing eighth– they certainly didn’t go unnoticed!
Chantal Cummings and Pete Wilby finished in the top ten of their gender category.
Chantal won seventh place, with an outstanding cycle time of 1:08:33. As club captain and founder of the club, she stated that “the club has performed fantastically this season especially considering that most club members are very new to the sport and the club is still in its’ early stages.”
Pete, who came eighth of the men, said that he enjoyed the route and, although the hot and windy conditions made the course tougher than expected, the team had a great time.
Bex Newell’s swim time of 13.23 impressed the team, especially since the lake was muddy, murky and full of eager participants fighting to race ahead.
Mathias Loft described the race as “brutal but brilliant”.
As individuals they performed fantastically. The competitors, Tom Hood, Bex Newell, Lucy Argall, Tom Kitchen, Ben Farnham, Chantal Cummings, Pete Wilby, Ailsa Wright and Mathias Loft, have helped raise the profile of Exeter University Triathlon Club.
Chantal said, after the competition, that “The club has shown great potential to turn eyes at inter-university competitions and local events in the future, and I believe with more support from sponsors and the University; the University Triathlon Club will continue to produce great results.”