James Emery is the Manager of TORQ's Triathlon team. He's a keen triathlete having raced all distances from sprint to Ironman.
Strength To Strength
Both Alex and Iain had strong races at the British Triathlon Championships and were both placed on the podium. Alex came 3rd overall and 2nd in Age Group, where as Iain won his Age Group and was 6th overall, pretty impressive stuff, considering the thousands that entered…
Here is Alex Lawton's account of the race:
"I now feel like a bit of a veteran at this race, as I have previously achieved one overall win and 2 AG Golds. (Plus I had one terrible race to balance things out).
The swim panned out well and I knew I’d be off in the lead pack. Luckily I avoided no man’s land and found another competitor to team up with, we were similarly paced and so he was a good drafting partner. We began to pick up those from the previous swim wave, before a group of 4 of us headed out onto the bike section together. My time by this point was significantly quicker than last year (although I didn’t know it at the time), things had started well. (1500m swim in 20:09mins).
This bike course is deceptive. Flat normally means easy, but the 4 laps out and back along the water front, often into a headwind (and on some typically British road surfaces), meant it was a tough 40k, with no let-ups whatsoever. I continually moved through the field, but knew there was still someone up ahead in the distance. (40K bike in 58:50mins).
Finally I headed out for two laps of the 5k run. This section of the race was a run of two halves. I enjoyed a fast start, where I past another two people and my legs still seemed to be in decent nick. But the final half was not so pretty (despite my initially feeling really good). Perhaps I'd accidentally swallowed a Jelly fish, but it was one of the few times in a race where I felt like a could have easily said hello to my breakfast again. (10k run in 32:01mins).
It doesn’t get any easier, you just get faster. So, despite being considerably quicker than last year (where my time gave me the a win), this year I came in 3rd overall and 2nd in the Age Group. However, I knew I couldn’t have pushed it much harder and the field was a strong one."
(Overall time – 01:55:37).
Here is Iain Robertson's Account:
"After having a near perfect race here in 2014, where I finished 2nd overall, I was slightly reluctant to go back! Although I was not as quick this time around, I still managed the win and it was a great venue to race at.
The race started out in the dock, where the water was fast and salty yet flat. After a good swim, I had a strong ride and picked my way through the huge number of competitors. I had no idea of my positioning as I came into T2. The run passed quickly, with the crowds in the docks and I crossed the line to hear that I had won my Age Group (40-44) and was 6th Overall."
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