Season Finale Triathlon Race Report
17th September 2018
Yesterday saw the final Human Race triathlon of the year take place at Dorney Lake, with over 2000 participants joining us for the Season Finale Triathlon. With the lake and grounds looking beautiful in the early morning light, the day was full of the promise of many sporting triumphs and it didn’t disappoint!
Sunday 17th September began with the ever-popular Scootathlon for 4-8 year olds, with all children tackling a scoot, bike, run course. Future stars in the making, their performances did them proud, with parents cheering and congratulating from the side-lines.
The first adult event of the day was the Olympic Triathlon, a challenge on the legs consisting of a 1500m swim, 42.4km cycle, 10km run. From the competitive waves, Aurel Sink-Uribe took the title in an exceptional 2:00:43, followed by Felix Wernham (2:07:00) and Stuart Mcinnes (2:13:37).
In the Female Olympic waves, Jenny Newbery finished first in 2:22:37, ahead of Cathering Vooght (2:30:26) and Anne-Marie Benoy (2:32:44). The winning Olympic Relay team were the impressive Team Lavender Coaching, who sped round the course in 1:58:42.
Mohammed Ahmed took first place for the men in the Duathlon in 1:01:55, whilst Megan Wilson claimed the women’s title in 1:11:33.
With the sun starting to burn through the clouds and the temperature warming up, there was a definite buzz in the air as participants arrived for the second half of the day. Over 200 participants and spectators joined the event from Disney, their fun costumes and enthusiasm adding to the incredible Season Finale atmosphere.
The afternoon saw shorter distances with Sprint, Novice and First Timer waves allowing triathletes of all ages and abilities to take part.
Mark Hanby (Salisbury Tri Club) finished top in the Sprint in 1:10:04, with Emily Mcloughlin coming first among the women in 1:06:55. In the Novice event, Sam Hill (Hoddeson Tri) completed the course in a speedy 38:49, whilst fastest female went to Jasmine Veitch.
The First Timers wave offered beginners the chance to give triathlon a go, with a huge sense of achievement from participants as they crossed the finish line. There were many smiles and hugs from the new triathletes as they claimed their medals and recovered with an Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard 100% Whey Protein Shake from official nutrition partner Optimum Nutrition. The Men’s winner was Jeremy Thornton in 28:57, with Anya Gardner crossing the line first for the women in 29:40.
The final event of the day was the Kid’s Triathlon for youngsters aged over 11, who completed a shorter 200m swim, 5.3km bike and 1.8km run. Speeding round the course, Joe Heather (22:19) and Madeleine Rae (25:55) were fastest across the line.
A day full of successes drew the season to a close, including the culmination of the ‘Swim.Bike.Run.Champion’ Dorney Records competition. Full details of the winners will be released shortly, but with both the men’s and women’s Olympic records, and the women’s Sprint record being smashed this weekend, it promises to be a list of amazing times.