It was great to be hosting a race again after such a long time, and thanks are due to British Triathlon for insuring & permitting the event through the GO TRI initiative, Tockington Manor School for letting us use their facilities, the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team for marshalling and of course The Athletes who came and took part.
Turnout was lower than usual at 35 starters, but in these uncertain times that was actually above our expectations. We had a really broad range of ages and abilities as usual, which is what GO TRI is all about. It was a mix of familiar faces and first timers too.
In the women's field of 15 the honours went to Tamsin Chick who came first in 47:10, Sally Sims who came second in 48:05 and Megan Edwards, third with a time of 48:35.
The men's race was probably our best ever in terms of quality, with four athletes breaking the 40 minute barrier. First place went to Adam Whittaker who smashed the previous course record by more than 40 seconds, finishing in 36:33. Chris Mills came second in 38:38 while only 6 seconds separated third and fourth place - Robert Sims (39:13) and Wayne Williams (39:19).
This race was very different to normal, with a time-trial start meaning everyone was competing against the clock without any clear idea of where they were in terms of position until everyone had finished and the final calculations had all been done. They call this format "the race of truth" though, so I hope everyone was happy with their result after racing against themselves. Thanks again to our competitors who all co-operated with the distancing and other health measures so that the event could go smoothly.
We missed having a public reading of the results and applauding our winners, but we do have small trophies for the first man and first woman so these will be delivered soon.
Photos will appear in our gallery (https://ukgallery.srichinmoyraces.org/ - scroll down to the Bristol page) in the next day or two and the full provisional results are attached.
We hope to hold a full series of 4 GO TRI events in 2021 so please keep an eye on our website for updates.