Nuffield Health Eton Sprints and SuperSprints: Sprinting all the way to Mexico
23rd May 2016
This Sunday over 1,200 triathletes visited Dorney Lake for the second day of the 15th edition of the Nuffield Health Eton SuperSprints and Sprints. Day 1 had the excitement of the 20,000th finisher in the events history crossing the line and taking home a year’s Nuffield Health membership, as well as a 2017 pass to any Human Race Triathlon of their choice. But Day 2 wasn’t going to be outdone, with the additional buzz coming from the ITU Sprint Distance Triathlon World Championship Qualifier that was taking place alongside the regular event.
As the sun rose over the horizon and a stunning mist emerged over the lake the scene was set for a fantastic day. Nuffield Health, the Official Health and Wellbeing partner of Human Race, had set-up their giant green domes in the event village where they would offer nutritional advice, basal metabolic rate testing and sports performance physiology information throughout the day, Zone 3 were poised and ready to support those who had forgot any equipment essentials and SiS nutritional product was laid out and ready to fuel the triathletes to the finish. Also our partners Switzerland and Swiss Air were offering the chance for people to win a cycling holiday for two and you can still enter here.
ITU Qualifier age group waves started heading off from 9am led first by the under 40 women’s wave. A noticeable sight out on the course was the draft legal format which made for a thrilling spectacle and only added to the excitement of the day. Taking the victory in the first wave of the day was Brit Tate (1:10:50) who blasted away the competition and arrived back into the now buzzing event village to a near hero’s reception. Brit was followed by Hannah Ewens (1:1123) and Lynsey Carveth (1:11:26). Brit could really make an impact at the World Champs in Mexico and we wish her all the best!
The waves then set off thick and fast with the next wave, Women’s 40+, being won by Lena Poulton (1:13:10) who much like Brit was a clear winner; Lena winning her age-group by nearly three minutes!
The men were up next with a wider range of age-groups racing. Some stand out performances from the days racing included Chris Green (1:01:53) who was our fastest sprint athlete of the day and Michael Fabes a Junior triathlete who clocked the third fastest time of the day’s racing, finishing in 1:02:27 hours.
With the draft legal qualification racing now complete it was time to turn our attentions to the non-drafting sprint distance races. There was a noticeable change in atmosphere as the participants were now a greater mix of the experienced and beginner triathletes, but that being said we were really impressed with the quality of the racing and some of the winning times. In particular Martin Williamson (1:05:48) in the men’s 40-44 race and Sophie Tabor (1:16:35) in the women’s 25-29 race our two fastest finishers in the non-drafting Sprint event.
Last up in our triathlon feast were the famous SuperSprint races, taking the crown in the men’s events was Eoin O’Connell (1:02:10) who blew the rest of the competitors away by nearly two minutes, with ahead of Chris Tye (1:04:18) and Edwin Van Putten (1:04:20). And the women’s race was won by Junior triathlete Rachel Padwick (1:12:45) beating a good friend of Human Race, Megan Melville (1:13:01) into second. These two triathletes finished a long way ahead of the field; well done to them both.
As participants crossed the line they were offered some natural hydration from Vita Coco and Isotonic sports recovery from ERGDINGER Alkoholfrei, before the expert personal trainers from, Nuffield Health, were on hand to lead post-race stretching sessions.
The day of racing was absolutely full of action, personal bests and great achievements, which we can’t do justice to in this small summery of the day. But you can see all the results on the Human Race website here: www.humanrace.co.uk/results
The next triathlon for Human Race is the famous Windsor Triathlon, the most decorated triathlon in UK history. There’s still one week to enter; find out more at https://humanrace.co.uk/event/windsor-triathlon/