It was a chilly 3°C when Boston Triathlon athletes set out to race this Sunday. The club had athletes competing in Standard (Olympic) Distance events at both the Monster Mojito in Peterborough and Grafham Water near Buckden & St Neots in Cambridgeshire. The cold weather was to have significant effect on both events with the water temperatures barely hitting 10°C the swim courses where both cut short.
The Monster Mojito
The Monster Mojito event hosted by Monster Racing at the Peterborough Rowing Lake, was originally planned as a 1.5km swim around the rowing lake followed by a fast 38km Bike loop, and finishing with a 10km run through the picturesque Nene Park.
The popular event attracts both seasoned competitor and the new comer alike. Boston Triathlons Luke Crossland was himself competing in the event for the third year in a row and had been hoping to improve on his previous course times. However the low water temperature meant that the swim course was cut short to 1.2km, cold hands and feet may have slowed Luke down in transition from Swim to Bike, but he still managed a PB on both the bike and run legs. 2hrs 22mins 46secs 15th (M 30-34)
Grafham Water Standard Distance Triathlon
Nice Tri events triathlon at Grafham Water in Cambridgeshire was to be the first UK ITU Standard Distance Qualifier of the season. Located in the heart of Cambridgeshire Anglia Waters Grafham reservoir was the stunning venue that greeted Boston Triathlon athletes on Sunday.
With the swim, much of the run and the finish are all located together, it made for excellent spectator viewing and many Boston Triathlon members travelled along to support the athletes. The shortened swim (1km instead of the planned 1.5km) took place in the reservoir. Once out of the water it was straight on to the 37km bike, the road course around the villages offered great surfaces for fast riding. Returning back to Grafham Water, the 10km run took the triathletes across the dam top before turning back and running towards the village of Grafham before turning once more to run back to the finish.
Ben Marsters 18th (M 30-34) 2:06:00, Chris Firth 26th (M 40-44) 2:11:42, Charles Roberts 25th (M 55-59) 2:51:25