Nearwater St Mawes Triathlon – 26th September
(750m swim, 23km cycle, 5km run)
On a day where St Mawes was soaked by sunshine the inaugural Nearwater triathlon lived up to all expectations. Over 120 individuals and seven teams entered with spectacular performances across the categories: special mention must be given to Kyle Kearey of Mounts Bay Harriers winning the event with a sub ten minute swim and a seventeen minute run, with the run only three minutes shy of the long standing village record. Celia Miall of West Country Triathletes came home fifth in the open event and as first female beating her nearest competitor in the woman’s event by some four minutes. Outstanding local performances were produced by Andrew Tillyard of St Just-in-Roseland, who not only produced the fastest cycle ride of the day but finished 7th overall. Richard Holbrook of St Mawes achieved the fourth fastest cycle time of the day and if it were not for his poor swimming leg (his technique is sometimes likened to that of a drowning man) his overall position of 24th would have been easily bettered.
With the much expected south westerly wind direction nonexistent contestants were greeted with the bay closer to a mill pond than the usual choppy conditions, thus providing great conditions and spectacular viewing for spectators; competitors were seen to respond to the 15 degree sea temperature with all wearing wetsuits, all that is barring a few locals more used to Cornish sea temperatures. Much to our relief the cycle proceeded without incident whilst the run provided a stern test for all and one final chance for spectators to see the competitors in all their glory. Many of the competitors mentioned what a beautiful setting St Mawes was and how exceptionally friendly were the crowds and the marshalls.
I competed with the main aim of beating my brother Robert (6 years my junior), despite doing the entire swim breastroke and he crawl I was in the lead at the end of the swim by 30 secs. On the bike ride he only gained 10 secs on me, but on the run after I had just passed the castle (very steep) and with my legs feeling like lead he breezed past, Oh well there is always next year!
We have had loads of great feedback from the competitors and will definitely be holding the event next year. I think the entire Roseland contingent of "Wednesday night" bike riders will need to do some serious swimming training over the winter if we are to feature a bit better on the results board.