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.
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