Going from strength to strength every year, the Goole Triathlon is fast becoming a firm favourite on the triathlon calendar, and has been event that has already seen Viking’s success, following Mike Evans 2nd place in 2015.
Hosted by Goole Triathlon Club, the 2016 event promised to be bigger than the club had run before, with a field of 80+ entered before the morning of the event.
The event is split transition event comprised of a 500m swim in the River Derwent, a 12km bike to Hook, and a 5km run along the river bank, and back into the finish line in Hook.
On a very hot and sunny 17th July 2016, Vikings Felicity and Phil Caddick, and Dave Burrows all took to the start line, ready to try and follow Mike’s success from the previous year.
The swim was started in waves of 5 competitors, due to width of the river. First of the 3 Vikings off was Dave Burrows, in the second wave. Dave quickly gained time on the other competitors in front of him, emerging as the first competitor out of the water. A solid bike also saw him into T2 first of the competitors, only to follow with what he described as a disappointing run. Dave finished 12th overall in 56:33, with splits of 08:12 swim, 23:23 bike/T1 and 24:58 run/T2.
Felicity Caddick to the start line next, followed soon after by Phil Caddick. Both were chasing down those competitors who started earlier. Felicity and Phil were amongst many of their friends from the Selby Striders, also racing, using the split transition as an opportunity for a pre-race warm up, cycling the 10km to the start line.
The extra distance didn’t affect Felicity though, coming home with a fantastic result of 31st place overall, and the 8th female over the line. Felicity’s overall time was 01:02:59, with a swim time of 08:59. Unfortunately Felicity’s bike and run splits weren’t recorded this time.
Some great racing from all Vikings, and another great Goole Triathlon performance in the bag. Onto next year’s event, where I’m sure plenty more Vikings will be in attendance!