Dark Blue domination at Varsity Triathlon. Oxford won all matches (Blues, Seconds and Mob for men and women alike)! Kudos to Cambridge for bringing enough women to permit a mob match this year. The only trophy we didn't win was the trophy for the winner of the men's race, which was won by Cambridge's Luke Mccarron.
Being early May and following a spate of cold weather, the lake was very chilly at just over 12C. This was a shock to the system and many athletes struggled to settle into the swim, and were relieved to get on the bike!
Joe Bowness had an incredible race to come 2nd overall. Ever the competitive athlete, he was still disappointed that, after a slightly sub-optimal swim, he didn't manage to run down Luke and take the overall victory. He finished just under a minute behind, having made up a lot of ground in the bike and run legs. Jasper Hajonides van der Meulen had an amazing race too, to come 3rd overall. He had only been training for a month prior to the race, due to long-lasting injury problems. Age-grouper Chris Nicholls rounded out the Blues team. In the Seconds match, Ali just missed out on a place in the Blues team, coming 4th Oxford athlete. John Gardner had a strong swim and was looking good on the bike but unfortunately punctured halfway through! Nevertheless, we achieved a comfortable victory in the Blues, Seconds and Mob.
On the women's side, Laura John won very convincingly, with strong performances in all 3 disciplines. The hard training with cross-country blues team has obviously paid off as she was flying on the run! Lucy Farquhar came 2nd and showed that she can still race very well given that, in her words, 'I've basically done no training'. Charlotte Kirk had a good race to come 3rd.
Kinga Zielinska, Lizzie Sandham and Melissa Dix all had great races too and made up the victorious Seconds team. Oxford showed true depth in the women's fields, with many good performances in the mob match too. In fact, the number of men and women was almost equal, with over 50 athletes overall!
We're excited to see what our up-and-coming athletes can do next year, especially on the women's side where the competition for top 3 should be fierce! Fingers crossed for another 6-0 victory!!