Eton SuperSprint Saturday Race Report
21st May 2018
As an event organiser, you see a lot of people cross the finish line. After all, the Human Race slogan is ‘Crossing the Finishing Line Together’. Irrespective of this, there are often moments at events when your eyes well up with tears and your heart booms with pride.
At Eton Sprint Saturday 2018, over 700 people flocked to Dorney Lake to tackle the sold out event. The race saw the official start of the Human Race triathlon season.
Participants arrived in their drones, many before 7am in an attempt to avoid the hectic traffic – a consequence of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Royal Wedding just down the road in Windsor. The first wave of the day, SuperSprint Mates A, took to the water at around 08:15am.
For many this first foray into the water represented the start of their triathlon careers. It’s a daunting prospect taking on your first triathlon but with fantastically tranquil water to swim in and a closed roads circuit in which to cycle and run, Eton Sprints Weekend is the ideal location to overcome that understandable apprehension.
It is an absolute pleasure watching people overcome this challenge and stirs emotions that only sport can. At Human Race, we take great pride in catering for athletes at both ends of the sporting pyramid and we were certainly not short on fast times this weekend.
Saturday saw some extremely speedy swim times including Dan Phillip’s 05:00 in the SuperSprints and Rory Scallan’s 10:13 in the Sprint. The first half of the day was dedicated to the SuperSprint races with 4 waves between 08:30 and 09:30. The overall winner of the men’s SuperSprint was Patrick Tierney, who also laid down the fastest bike time in 31:25, with Dan Phillips in second place and Ian Forrest in third. The fastest run time was set by 4th placed Matthew Loman. The Women’s SuperSprint was won by Alice Maclennan in a time of 1:15. She pipped Lorna West (2nd place) and Philippa Hunn (3rd place) to the top of the podium.
At 09:30 the Sprint races got underway, with the with Mates Waves Y and Z. Mates Waves are really popular and are a great if you’re looking to race with friends. They were followed by the Sprint Female Waves in which Bryony Martin finished in a time on 1:18 behind Victoria Lodge, 1:15 and Tamsin Neale, who won the Women’s Sprint race in a remarkable time of 1:13.
In the men’s race, Bob Pearce finished in 3rd place, the only man over the age of 55 inside the top 60. He was only beaten by Mark Huber and Matthew Blagg, the latter delivered a barnstorming performance and a time of 1:05.
We really must commend all our athletes who took part, especially in the intense heat. It was a fantastic day and we really enjoyed organising it. We should also thank our partners (Optimum Nutrition, Erdinger Alkoholfrei, VONCRANK, Zone3, PedalSure and British Bike Hire) who helped to deliver a really engaging event village and overall race. We hope you enjoyed yourselves and hopefully seen you soon.
The Human Race Team