Newbury Triathlon

I arrived at the Race HQ with plenty of time and after registering I went through and racked my bike. My nerves weren’t helped by the fact that I was surrounded by men as I was race No5 (nearest lady no15)… all experienced tri racers and one guy in particular thought it was very amusing to patronised me on being a first timer… I was incredible nervous about being overtaken on the bikes and it would just be me pottering round the course at the back on my own…

Anyway to the start of the swim… 300yds or 4 lengths of the 75yds pool… jumped in to start and boy it was cold… took me the entire swim to catch my breath. My brother started 30seconds behind me and I had this underlying fear that he would catch me before the end… but I finished the swim in 4:31 and was out of the pool before him.

Off to transition – the cold water had really got to me and a very dizzy transition later I ran out with my bike alongside my brother (great photo opportunity!!)… straight up a hill, round some steep bends and out onto the open road for the 22k loop. My brother had driven me round the course beforehand which I found a huge help as he had pointed out sections of the road to be wary of, when to pick up speed downhill for following uphill etc… so I just went for it! As predicted the 5 guys behind me overtook me, but I did actually overtake a couple of others which cheered me up immensely and it wasn’t so bad. The bike section is my weakest part but I came in a smiling 46mins (49:02 including transitions) having picked up speeds much faster than I had reached in training…

Back to transition – dumped bike, got my trainers on with a little struggle and back out. Remembered all the advice from on here about little steps etc and just went from there. The run was lovely, along little tracks and down along the canal, I finally got my legs back with about a mile to go and picked off a few competitors along the way (shouting encouragement as I went!) completed the 5k in 19:35.

My total time was 1:13:08, which made me…

1st Female Novice (for which I got a cup); 7th Female Open and 8th Lady overall… not bad for a Sunday out!


  • Wow Spans, nice work!!!! Blimey! Excellent, well done you!

    19:35 5K - sheesh!
  • Great work Spans!

    sub 20 is good for a 5k even without all the other gubbins beforehand :)
  • SPANS!!!! Brilliant!!

    I am SO impresse - [Jj kowtows in 'I am not worthy' stylee]
  • My heroine!

    well done mate.
  • Wow Spans! What a star!!
    well done mate, I'm dead proud!
  • Thanks guys, I am quite proud of myself at the mo and will definetly be doing another one... just need to find the money to buy myself aa bike now... that is definitly the section that needs the most work as overall I was 17th fastest in the swim and 72nd in the run but... 116th in the cycle!
  • Well done Spans! Fantastic result.

    And a trophy for the forum cabinet.

    Keep it polished!
  • Spans - AW Cycles(they have a website and at least one shop in Reading) is offering interest-free credit at the moment, and I know the Mr is getting interested in a road bike - wonder if I can persuade hin that two new ones are better than one?!
  • Well done Spans - serious swimmer I see! ans sub 20 for 5k! Must have been an excellent bottle of .... the night before. Treasure the Cup.
  • Spans, that's fanastic. I wish I was as fast as you. Then maybe I'd have the guts to give a tri a go.
  • That is awesome you! Great stuff!!!
  • Spans - what did I tell you? Ironman is calling you... I'd put money on it - I'd give you 2 or 3yrs...

    And a huge WELL DONE!!!!
  • Well Done Spans top effort with the reward of a cup - the start of more I hope.
  • I'm sorry I hadn't put 2 and 2 together and worked out a trip to your brothers was Traithlon weekend. Would like to have wished you well.

    Excellent performance, you must be really chuffed with yourself.

    That 5k time is pretty amazing on its own

    Well done
  • Spans - Great stuff and an amazing 5k - well done
  • and Pantman, what did I tell you... noooo!!!

    Might do an Olympic distance one next year but need loads of work on the bike first...

    BK - no worries

    Cup is still sparkling on my desk at the mo... well it had to do be brought in a shown off!!!
  • PS Mrs CBP - don't worry about the speed, just go for it... you never know what you can achieve until you try!
  • Well done Spans and excellent race!
  • Nice one Spans - sub 20 5k at the end of your first Tri is very impressive (in fact sub 20 5 k at the end of ANY Tri is very impresssive)!!

  • DazDaz ✭✭✭
    Well done mateyl, you kick ass!!!! :O)

    I knew you'd do it!

    Top3 in your next, no messin' ! And the great thing is you will only improve 8o)
    Endurance Coach @
    Elite Ironman, Ultra Trail Runner
  • Spans - well done ! I lay awake at night dreaming about a sub 20 5k, never mind after the dip and ride beforehand.

    Coming to Brighton this Saturday ?
  • tempting Kanga but without a wetsuit and as I am already doing the Nike 10k will just have to say no!!!
  • Jose.Jose. ✭✭✭
    under 20' in 5k is my target this year (on a 5k run)

    good thing is, you still have room for improvement (bike) so as Daz says, top 3 overall or even better.
  • DazDaz ✭✭✭
    spans, pressure is on you to go top3 now :O)
    dont let us down
    Endurance Coach @
    Elite Ironman, Ultra Trail Runner
  • you will just have to wait until next year now... after a winter of training on a new(?) bike...!!
  • DazDaz ✭✭✭
    thats a shame.....we are hungry for a spans victory!
    Endurance Coach @
    Elite Ironman, Ultra Trail Runner
  • Jose.Jose. ✭✭✭
    no pressure, just win it, :-)

    Daz, how you did on the UK half ironman?

    i went there as spectator and camped at teh castle
  • Well done Spans. I would have thought you were an old hand at tris with your background, what finally made you try one?

    See you at the Nike 10k.

  • BB - just wanted something different to train for and do after the marathon training earlier in the year. Have really enjoyed the training and the race went well, so yes I will be doing another one...

    As to why next year... you find me an event where I'm not already running or busy this year and I might do it!!
  • DazDaz ✭✭✭
    im coming to watch the nike 10k but how am i going to spot you guys if you're all wearing the same tops!?
    can someone wear a silly hat please

    jose i did ok thanks - put report on other thread
    Endurance Coach @
    Elite Ironman, Ultra Trail Runner
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