ETON SPRINTS LEADS EXHILIARATING AND EMOTIONAL RETURN FOR TRIATHLON
17th May 2021
Human Race triathlon returned this weekend with a spectacular two days of action at Dorney Lake, Berkshire. After the first blank calendar last year for the first time in Human Race’s 30 year history due to the pandemic, a number of procedures were put in in place to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for everybody involved. Measures introduced included socially distanced starts, extra space in transition, and a specially commissioned virtual race briefing.
The competitors showed no signs of rustiness as they swam, rode, and ran round the London 2012 Olympic venue, with James Hodgson and Molly Savill setting the fastest times in the sprint discipline (750m swim, 21.2 km cycle, 5km run). All the provisional fastest times are below:
Fastest Swim Times
Female SuperSprint (400m): Jessica Dodd 7 minutes 56 seconds
Male SuperSprint (400m): Thomas Dixon 4 minutes 50 seconds
Female Sprint (750m): Elisabeth Kilcourse 11 minutes and 1 second
Male Sprint (750m): Kieran Lindars 9 minutes and 48 seconds
Fastest Cycles (21.2km)
Female: Rebecca Goodwin 34 minutes and 36 seconds
Male: Matthew Brooke 28 minutes and 40 seconds
Fastest Run (5km)
Female: Daisy Baker 18 minutes and 9 seconds
Male: James Hodgson 16 minutes and 14 seconds
Female SuperSprint: Emily Murray 1 hour 21 minutes and 21 seconds
Male SuperSprint: Anthony Haynes 57 minutes and 35 seconds
Female Sprint: Molly Savill 1 hour and 10 minutes
Male Sprint: James Hodgson 1 hour and 30 seconds
Sunday afternoon welcomed the prestigious ITU World Championship qualifiers, with many of the UK’s finest triathletes in attendance to try and secure their place to the finals. Hodgson finished his attempt with an incredible run timed at 16:14. Molly Savill was helped to the fastest female time of the day by her swim time of 11:16. Many though were not here to reach the podium, or to qualify for a world championship, but to merely get back into action and reacquaint themselves with a sport that they have sorely missed.
Human Race CEO Nick Rusling was feeling positive about bringing triathlon, and mass-participation events in general, back: “We’d like to say a huge thank you to our competitors, crew and our world class venue for adapting to the situation, and helping to ensure we can get UK events going again. Whilst there were a few pre-event changes, action on the course was just as exhilarating as usual. After an enforced break being back was really quite emotional, and I’ve never been thanked so much by triathletes after they finished. We’ve shown that with the right preparation and attitude that it is completely possible to bring events back safely and enjoyably.”
Although much of the focus this weekend was understandably on the measures in place to ensure a safe return, Human Race have also been working on ensuring a more sustainable future for all. One new introduction was wooden finisher medals, given to every person as they crossed the line. These medals are made from FSC certified wood, and seemed a popular addition with athletes of all abilities.
With Eton Sprints a success, preparation is now underway for Banana Tri, the next in the Dorney Lake Series on Sunday 3rd July – with larger scale events such as the Cancer Research UK London Summer Run, Dragon Ride and Manchester Marathon following in September and October. A limited number of places for Banana Tri are available now, with an advanced discount available until this Wednesday 2nd June.