ALISON BAGNALL finished in an excellent second place in her age group at the Ironman 70.3 in Dublin on Sunday, writes Victoria Jeffs.
The Stratford Triathlon Club member was keen to impress in the inaugural staging of the event, which was a half-ironman featuring a 1,900m swim, 56-mile bike section and 13.1-mile run.
Starting in the cool waters of Dublin Bay, Bagnall had a slow swim and exited the water 17th in her age group, but Bagnall knows her talents lie on the bike and she took the very scenic ride in her stride and blasted past rider after rider to finish the bike leg fourth in her age group.
Full of confidence from this, she had a good, steady run to overtake more runners and finish in 5:30:27 – a superb and well deserved second place in her age group.
Now, if she just got to grips with her swimming, who knows how well she could do!
Alison Bagnall result: (swim 50:17, T1 7:50, bike 2:41:40, T2 5:55, run 1:44:45 – total 5:30:27 – 2nd in 45-49 age group.
TWO Stratford Triathlon Club members took part in the London Triathlon in impressive fashion on Sunday.
Fresh from her mountain training in Switzerland, Eloise du Luart was once again on the Elite start line to test her skills against some of the best athletes in the UK.
The ladies’ event was won by Helen Jenkins, with du Luart not far behind.
The elites are lucky enough to enjoy a short transition zone after the swim and, although the bike course is full of twists and turns around Canary Wharf, du Luart put in a superb bike time before showing her running has also improved this season with altitude training as she powered through the 10km run course to complete the event 13th lady overall and fifth in her age group.
Also competing in the field of almost 4,000 athletes was Paul Nash and, after an early start in the sunshine of the dock next to the ExCeL centre, Nash battled through the ‘washing machine-like’ swim that is typical of London Triathlon.
Nash put in a stunning bike performance on the day. He was in the top ten per cent of all riders on the day, including the elites, which pushed him well up the leaderboard before heading out on to the run course for his first injury-free run for several months.
Although Nash was disappointed to miss out on a personal best by 35 seconds, he should be rightly proud of a cycle ride like that, and the event bodes well for his upcoming Ironman race later in the year.
Results: (Olympic distance – 1,500m swim, 40km bike, 10km run): Eloise du Luart – swim 23:29, T1 2:30, bike 1:05:57, T2 1:42, run 36:52 – total 2:10:28, 13th overall in Elite field, 5th in 20-24 age group; Paul Nash – swim 32:29, T1 3:42, bike 1:10:15, T2 3:41, run 56:20 – total 2:48:57, 20th in 55-59 age group.