The second annual Peninsula Triathlon on Sunday was a roaring success – and refused to have its spirits dampened by adverse weather.
The event was hosted in the picturesque grounds of the Royal Hospital School, and featured a 500-metre swim, a 20-mile bike ride and a five-kilometre run.
Over 300 competitors from all over the country – including everyone from RHS students to Ipswich Basketball senior squad members – took part, the bulk of them regular triathletes from across East Anglia including the co-organisers, Harwich Triathlon Club.
“I’m extremely proud of all the effort put in by so many to make this special day so successful” – Nick Drane
IBC Head Coach Nick Drane led the field off, but the club’s first entrant to finish was former Chairman Nick Newman. Nick was followed home by the team entry of Esther Little, Jess Baker and Amy Linton, who went round in a hugely impressive two hours and three seconds.
There were also solid times posted by Adam Robinson, Dave Williams and Copleston Sports Centre’s David King, although the coaches’ team of Tom Sadler, Rob Schatten and Terry Rigby failed to finish after Rob was derailed by a puncture six miles into the ride.
Ipswich Basketball Academy student athletes put in some of the hardest work of the day – acting as marshalls signposting the competitors around the course, they stood through two hours of near-constant rainfall.
“Today has been a monumental success,” said Simon Drane, who worked with the Harwich Triathlon Club to organise the event on behalf of Ipswich Basketball. “It takes months of planning and hard work so to get to this point and see over 300 people turn up is very rewarding.
“Huge thanks go to Agentis Construction for sponsoring the event, and to Harwich Triathlon Club and RHS for their continuing partnership in organising it – it’s become a real highlight of the club calendar and I know several of us who are already looking forward to next year!”
“I’m extremely proud of all the effort put in by so many to make this special day so successful,” added Nick Drane.
“You’d never guess how much time is spent on this by Simon, Dave Leach and others at IBC, the great people at Harwich Triathlon Club and Royal Hospital School – but what a beautiful place to host this event, and it was brilliant to see so many turn up and take part in a fantastic day.
“I reserve most praise of all for my good friend Pete Somers, who steamed around and completed the whole event, which many half his age couldn’t even dream of attempting!”