The most recent race I had was representing school last Thursday at Radley College, one of the top private schools in England, along with other private schools such as Harrow as our competition. The race was a cross country relay with a tough, hilly and muddy two mile circuit completed by four runners with a baton containing the timing chip. I was given the final leg so had the pressure to bring the baton home. Ben, our runner on the first leg, came in third, passing the baton on to Matt who had an amazing run too. He overtook the first two runners putting us into first place by a long way. Our third runner, Sean, also had a brilliant run holding our first place. The pressure was now on me to bring it home. I was going strong and having a great run fighting my way through the mud and puddles along the course. However, turning a corner I spotted someone from Harrow gaining on me. Unfortunately he caught me in the last 300m. I didn't give up and I tried to keep up with him, but with a sprint finish it just wasn't enough. After 47 minutes of racing there was a only a second time difference between our teams, unfortunately with me taking second place. It turned out he also got the fastest lap time of the day so I was well beaten. Overall it was a good day and the first time for a good many years the school senior boys team had podium'd at this event. Next year we will be back and we will definitely aim to go one better. You can find the full results HERE.
Another recent event was the shortlisting for the 220 Youth Triathlete of the Year, an unexpected nomination from people who had been voting for me in the first round. I feel very privileged to be shortlisted for this award and with voting closing on the 4th March I am excited to see the outcome, though there's some very very tough competition. You can vote HERE by entering a few details.
Finally, I must say a huge thank you to Pedal Potential for their continued support throughout the year helping me get where I am. And a big thank you to Zone 3, a new sponsor this year, for their support in supplying me with kit to race in this year. Spending a day at the London Tri Show with Zone 3 was brilliant.
With a few races coming up on the calendar (which I shall be posting in the near future) I will be blogging again. See you soon,