Kinetica Gower Triathlon – More Than Just A Triathlon
Continuing on from our already busy summer of events, we made the trip to the stunning village of Port Eyon for the award winning Gower Triathlon last weekend. The race is specifically staged on a Saturday to ensure that a full weekend of fun can be enjoyed by all the athletes and their families.The Gower, which had been voted the British Triathlon Event of the year had everyone eagerly awaiting for the race to start. With close to 400 competitiors participating, the weather was perfect and there wasn’t a ripple in the sea when we arrived at 0630 on Saturday morning.
The course itself is tough but said to be fair on competitors with the swim distance of 750 metres, the cycle 24k and the run 5k, part of it which took in some beach running as well. An exciting sea swim in blue flag waters provides the challenge before athletes. They then switch to their bikes as they head inland to navigate climbs, technical descents and fast flat sections. The final run discipline takes advantage of the natural surroundings with a two lap multi-terrain course consisting of sand, grass, footpaths and roads.
First out of the swim was Andrew Martin ( 09:05.2) followed by Aiden Nugent (09:08.2) and Ross Simpson (09:20.8). The eventual winner, James Hocken was fifth out in a time of 09:47.1. Hocken would make this time up on the bike with a blistering performance and would be first back in followed by Joseph Beech and Ross Simpson in third. Hocken would not be giving up first place and completed the 5k run in a time of 17:10:35 and his overall time to complete the triathlon was 01:09:43:15 with Ross Simpson’s overall time coming in just under a minute after Hocken at 01:10:42.55. In the women’s section, It was Celia Boothman who was victorious with an overall time of 01:23:05:65 followed Leanne Boardman ( 01:26:18:15).
The event did not end there as event organisers Tri and Enter put on post race party by organising a band and a BBQ to celebrate the success of the event. The children also had their fun with races organised for them Many of the competitors who took part in the triathlon made a weekend of it by camping at the sports grounds. It was a perfect way to finish of what was a fantastic event which was planned fantastically down to the smallest detail. Sportysnaps who took all the photographs have kindly supplied us with some of the great images for the event.