Raceways | Multi Sport Event Management
After recent rain, the day dawned bright and clear for the fifth Avenger Triathlon in the magnificent setting of Ragley Hall, near Alcester in Warwickshire on 11 June. The only issue was a brisk wind to make swimming and the bike leg particularly challenging. There were three distances, Middle, Standard and Sprint and there was also the 10Km Ragley Off Road Run.
The start and finish for all activities was the Ragley Hall grounds, which also provide activities for all the family. The swim took place in the boating lake and was based on a 650m lap. From the lake there was a short, slightly uphill run to transition. The bike routes then took the triathletes along the drive and out into the beautiful, rolling Warwickshire and Worcestershire countryside, returning to Ragley Hall via the imposing main gates and up the sweeping drive past the Hall itself. The run course, used for the first time in 2016, was based on a 5km lap through woodland tracks, gardens, historic outbuildings and the rolling fields of the estate. This provides all the competitors with a chance to enjoy some of the spectacular scenery Ragley Hall can offer. The run course was tough, but stunning with great volunteer and spectator support all the way round.
With nearly 400 registered for the triathlons and a further 165 for the Ragley Run – a record for the event – organisation and smooth logistics were paramount and Raceways’ sincere thanks are extended to all the volunteers who gave so freely of their time to ensure the events passed off so successfully and safely. A number of local clubs provided marshals including Triathlon Redditch, Evesham Vale Triathletes, Red Kite Belles on Bikes and Alcester Runners.
The event was supported by Cycle Studio, which provide the winners prizes for the triathlons, Tesco and the Blakemore Foundation which provided the post race and volunteer refreshments and Carl Adams who provided the post race therapy. Jo’s Coffee and Savva Bars Co supplied the excellent coffee, cakes and hot food. The water safety kayakers are all members of Warwickshire Search and Rescue and the RLSS coordinated the lifeguards. So thanks to all of them.
The Middle Distance Men’s winner, in a time of 4:31:18 seconds was Mike Wood just 4 minutes ahead of Adam Jackson. For the Women the comfortable winner, in a time of 04:55:24, was Lucy Walmsley ahead of Catherine Eames. James Whetman and Emma Humphrey (V35), Alastair Williams and Sally Ludlow (V45) and Dave Bethell and Claire Morgan (V55) were the age category winners. There were 82 finishers. Team Clean Brexit won the Relay in 05:12:03.
The Standard Distance Men’s winner, in a time of 02:42:18 was Thomas Dauncey. Thomas was only 19 seconds in front of Thomas Broom in second. For Women, the winner was Morag McDowell in a time of 02:58:37 a minute ahead of Alison Bagnall in second. The age category winners were Mark Johnson and Jane Harris (V35), Iain Downie and Sally Poll (V45) and Neill Morgan and Sarah McNaney (V55). There were 121 finishers. Team No Idea won the relay in 03:06:14.
The Sprint Distance Men’s winner was Nick Slim, in a time of 01:08:20, who was some 3 minutes in front of Tom Greeves in second place. For Women, the winner was Corrinne Moss in 01:18:51 nearly 5 minutes ahead of Naomi Forrest. Age category winners were John Potter and Joanne Scott (V35), Christopher Gaskin and Kirsty Tarr (V45) and Alan Klein and Kathy O’Brien (V55). There were 150 finishers. Team Tri won the relay in 01:43:20.
The Ragley Run for Men was won by Ali Herbert in a time of 39 mins 5 secs just 21 secs ahead of Patrick Howells with Ben Pilsbury in third. First Women home was Katherine Hodgson in 43 mins 27 secs (Katherine was also 6th overall) with Jane Phillips second in 47 mins 41 secs and Sam Bromwich third in 48 mins 17 secs. There were 145 finishers.