The Cotswold 113 is a local race for us and so always gets some support from the club. For a little while we used it as the club’s middle-distance championships.
This year, Peter Whent and Nick Wall flew the flag for the club together with a collection of former club members; Jason Briley, Lisa Hill and Vance Worsley.
The race has something for everyone. The 1.4 mile swim is done in small waves of about 100 and the bike and run route are pancake flat. So, perfect for a debutant taking their first step into long-distance tri and equally good for a seasoned campaigner trying to smash out a PB.
The week leading up to the race was high anxiety. With the mini Spring heatwave, the water in the lake was getting dangerously close to the magic 240, the point at which you must take your wet suit off and swim properly. Fortunately, that spectacle was avoided!
Conditions were almost perfect on the day and Peter, Nick and Jason were in the same swim wave. Three friends who cycle together and eat cake most weekends. You don’t suppose it was a little competitive, do you? Game on!
Peter was first out of the water in 35 mins, followed barely 45 seconds later by Nick while Jason got his money’s worth, eventually emerging in 41 mins.
Out on the bike course Nick soon set the pace. The course is great to ride. Flat apart from a very small hill. There’s lots to look at and it’s absolutely brilliantly marshalled by the police and race volunteers.
Nick polished off the 56-mile two-loop bike course in an impressive 2.44hrs. Peter came in at 2.53hrs, a minute behind Jason.
The 13.1 mile run course is round the lake three times and is almost all off road. At its busiest, there are the best part of 1,000 competitors making their way round, so there is plenty to look at.
Nick had a great run finishing it in 1.58hrs, the first time he has been under two hours for a half marathon – forget a triathlon half-marathon – any half-marathon!! He crossed the finish line in 5.25hrs which is an hour faster than his current PB over the distance.
Peter clawed back some of Nicks lead posting a 1.55hr run for a finish of 5.29hrs, also a PB. Jason had one of those days, eventually getting home in 5.56hrs. Vance posted 5.31hrs and Lisa 6.24hrs.
If you have even the slightest ambition to step up to middle-distance tri, use this as your first step. It’s a lovely local race with a great relaxed vibe and the course will give you a kind introduction if you want it.