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White Peak Triathlon


I'll not mention it again, I promise, but it was my birthday today, and what a lovely way to spend it. Waking up in my tent to the sound of Osmaston Park on what was perhaps the most tranquil day ever was an absolute treat, and the few hours which followed ensured it was a beautiful day to remember.

It was in June this year when the event began to form in my mind, having only discovered this secluded gem then, so putting it together before the end of this summer and publicising it was always going to be a challenge. As it turned out, the word filtered through enough to put on a viable race and I do hope that those taking part thoroughly enjoyed it.

Our thanks must go to the park's owner Sir Andrew Walker-Okeover, his estate management team at Fisher German and those who live and work on the estate for tolerating us. With sheep, cattle, pheasants and an abundance of wildlife it is clear this is a busy estate and it was a pleasure to share it for a few hours.

On then with the race itself.

Water doesn't come much stiller than the lake at Osmaston in those conditions. Watching from the bank, every splash seemed audible in the natural arena bordered by resonant woodland and it was one of Matlock's top swimmers, Michael Beech, who reached the exit first to take the long trek up to transition.

But Michael knew there was trouble lurking not far behind, and with a reputation of a man who gets faster as the race progresses it was Eugene Grant causing him some serious trepidation. The incessant undulations of the bike course out into the limestone scenery around the southern Peak District redressed the balance of the swim and Euge eventually moving into the lead as they re-entered Osmaston Park.

Meanwhile, a similar thing was happening with the ladies as Christine Howard pulled back the deficit from her swim.

Finally, the two-lap mixed terrain run gave Eugene the opportunity to put a safe enough distance between him and Michael to earn himself a well-deserved victory. Simon Patton, rediscovering triathlon after a couple of years doing other things, finished third with a smile on his face, wondering why he had left it so long. Christine capitalised on her lead quite significantly too with a strong run bringing her home well ahead of vet 50 Vreni Verhoeven and Helen Barnett.

Another couple of notable performances came from fireman Matthew Sisson who had just finished a nightshift and Rob Cummins who was taking part in his first ever tri. Well done to everyone.

Additional thanks must go to Artisan Biscuits in Ashbourne who supplied some of the post-race cookies which seemed to be going down rather well, the Derbyshire Winery in Bakewell for their, well, wines of many interesting flavours and Paul Cranstone at the Shoulder of Mutton in Osmaston for the prize voucher - a pub well worth a visit.

And to my little team of helpers whose time and effort enables these events to happen.

Here are the results and the pictures will be added later.  

Thanks for joining us and I hope we can find time for a get-together at our races next year.

Karl Webster.

 

        Swim exit T1 exit   T2 exit Finish
                 
1   Eugene Grant M40 22.28 26.25   1.30.19 1.56.34
2   Michael Beech Mu20 18.27 22.3   1.30.24 1.58.18
3   Simon Patton M40 22.58 27.21   1.38.47 2.04.59
4   Roland Evans M40 23.41 29.01   1.38.48 2.07.33
5   James Garner SM 23.11 27.09   1.39.23 2.09.09
6   Dave Bates M40 23.24 28.55   1.39.57 2.09.34
7   John Budworth M40 24.36 29.11   1.39.07 2.11.05
8   Steve Goodall M40 20.11 25.38   1.37.49 2.13.23
9   Tony Caulton M50 28.48 34.16   1.48.08 2.13.36
10   Chris Hallas M50 24.09 29.38   1.45.15 2.14.37
11   Richard Bruce M40 27.05 31.54   1.48.16 2.18.19
12   Andy Barnett M50 28.22 35.08   1.52.20 2.20.58
13   Mark Johnson SM 26.42 33.49   1.48.33 2.22.29
14   Rob Pearson M50 28.48 35.53   1.51.10 2.23.30
15   Christine Howard F40 27.08 33.39   1.52.31 2.23.39
16   Andrew Todd SM 28.29 36.28   1.50.26 2.23.45
17   Michael ODoherty M50 25.11 31.11   1.52.09 2.26.39
18   Matt Jones M40 26.19 34.06   1.53.24 2.26.47
19   Owen Barron M50 28.21 35.45   1.53.22 2.27.30
20   Alan Turner M50 27.11 34.45   1.55.17 2.27.39
21   Matthew Sisson SM 27.27 34.34   1.52.33 2.28.50
22   Dave Price M50 25.21 31.39   1.51.34 2.30.38
23   Vreni Verhoeven F50 28.48 36.56   1.54.06 2.30.45
24   Phil Riley SM 23.39 29.27   1.53.27 2.32.07
25   Paul Gillingwater M60 28.19 35.16   1.57.30 2.32.24
26   Helen Barnett F40 25.41 32.09   1.56.40 2.33.26
27   Georgie Bestwick SF 28.48 36.19   2.02.48 2.34.42
28   David Davidson M60 24.22 30.32   1.57.50 2.35.26
29   Julia Buxton F40 29.48 36.18   2.02.50 2.36.39
30   Samantha Iliffe SF 31.15 38.49   2.05.55 2.38.31
31   Shaun Lillis M40 22.05 28.11   2.02.40 2.39.54
32   Alison Butlin F40 22.15 27.45   2.02.41 2.40.38
33   Joe Weeks M40 29.23 37.51   2.07.49 2.41.20
34   Richard Sutton SM 30.58 38.52   2.07.25 2.42.13
35   Tony Murfin M40 32.22 39.51   2.03.59 2.42.24
36   Tracey Apperley F40 34.39 42.39   2.35.42 3.14.28
37   Rob Cummins M40 36.46 47.59   2.39.56 3.19.10
0   Denis Sherwood SM 34.09 44.08     DNF
                 
    Team Walker-Johnson 25.09 30.58   2.02.31 2.40.51

 

         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
       

 

     
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