Human Race returned to Dorney Lake on Saturday June 9th for the SuperTri Children’s, Youth and Junior Triathlon and as transition filled with over 600 anxious but excited faces, the day was sure to not disappoint – despite the windy conditions the rain held off and even the summer sun made an appearance.
This was the third event in the SE series; this time including an open water swim as well as competitors travelling from all over the country to take part. The course for the young competitors (who ranged from 8 – 10 years of age) consisted of 100m swim, 3km bike and 1km run. The water temperature was going to be challenging to say the least, at only 15-16 degrees – anything below 14 degrees would have made wetsuits compulsory. HugoFox.com sponsored schoolboy-cum-triathlete Ethan Fincham reflected his determined spirit by choosing to go without his wetsuit in the hope that it would speed up his transition time. Brave, indeed! He told HugoFox News:
“The swim went well finishing first in my wave but boy oh boy was that water cold. I didn’t know where I was in the overall race standings as there were
three pools of around 20 boys and I set off in wave two – today I was racing the clock. Transitions were okay although I did slip back two or three places due to a shoe problem (I couldn’t get them on), so I set off to catch the boys in front.
“I had quite a battle out there on the bike but by the time we approached transition for the second time I had regained my lead within wave two. But then – disaster – I couldn’t get my left foot out of the pedal clip and I crashed to the ground just in front of the dismount
line! I picked myself up only to see second and third place going past me, it was now all down to a quick transition and hopefully a good run. Transition went well and I was soon off and running over taking first and second within the first 10-15 metres and from here I managed to pull away winning wave two quite comfortably. Now I just had to wait for wave three to finish and all the results to be calculated and posted before we
would really know where we came. Overall today I had made a few mistakes and I think the water being as cold as it was really sapped my energy making it a difficult race: it was a nervous wait.”
And the results were…. fantastic! Despite the few minor glitches, Ethan came in at second place overall. Incredible!
He tells us: “It was a really great result for me out of a field of 58 boys from all over the country and still managing to place first out of the competitors I am
racing in the SE Series [for the third time running, we might add!]. The final race in this year’s series is Trinity Tri in Croydon on the 8th July 2012 giving me around four weeks to recover and prepare.”
Ever determined, ever focused – we are thrilled to hear how well Ethan did at the weekend, and look forward to the next set of results… what a champ!