Following a very successful Freshers' Fair with lots of new sign ups, we were looking forward to our Novice and New Members Aquathlon at the end of 1st week and it did not disappoint! Things were looking somewhat worrying first thing on Sunday morning as the heavens opened and we all awoke wondering if anyone would be brave enough to venture out of their warm and dry rooms, and more importantly if the inevitable flood on Meadow Lane would have reached swimming depth by the time we got there. We need not have been concerned however, as an incredible thirty enthusiastic new triathletes arrived at Iffley later in the morning ready to get their first taste of OUTriC action.
Unfortunately the construction work at the sports centre meant that we were unable to run the event as a continuous swim-run, but this did not seem to dampen the mood and instead made for an exciting change of format. First up was the swim - 200m completed by swimming two lengths in each of the four lanes. As the athletes one by one entered the water and snaked their way across the pool it was clear that all would be left to play for on the run. Particular mention goes to George Stannard for recording the unconfirmed but most probably fastest ever swim time in an OUTriC aquathlon (2:12).
Next up was the a-bit-more-than-3km run loop starting on the track, twisting and turning it's way around the flood water towards Donnington Bridge, and then back to finish with a lap of honour. The athletes were set off in order of their swim times with the fastest swimmers going first, which meant the finishing order across the line would be the final result - how exciting!
Congratulations to George and Eva Harris-Skillman for taking the overall victories, but also to absolutely everyone who took part. There was plenty of emerging new talent on show and it was the best turn out of novices we have ever had, at an event which really captures the spirit of OUTriC.
Huge thanks must go to Cyndi Goh for organising the day, to Vita Coco for providing coconut water, to all of the wonderful bakers who produced a fabulous display of post race refreshments, and to the committee and other helpers for ensuring the whole event ran smoothly. Here's to another great year of dark blue triathlon adventures