The final race of the season, was blessed with amazing weather, the calmest sea in the race’s history … no sign of any surf at all! Blue skies and warm temperatures brought lots of competitors out 30 individuals and 16 teams, plus lots of spectators who enjoyed the excitment in this quiet little Cornish town!
It was the last British Trophy event and also the last World Cup event of the season, so athletes were looking for points to improve there final British standings and World Cup rankings too.
The men’s event was dominated by Stefan Teichert from Germany, he lead from the start puting in the fastest swim time, Mat Stevenson, Nigel Unwin and young Tom Stead (fastest bike split) were hot on his tail on the bike, but Stefan had an excellent kayak, Ian Smith put in the fastest kayak to move into the top three. Mat started to chase Stefan down in the run, but despite his fast run split Stefan held him off.
In the Ladies event newcomer to the sport Joanna Swallow soon took the lead, she was 3rd overall out of the swim and held the lead on the bike coming back in a brilliant 4th place overall after the bike. Lisa Maria Hirschfelder from Germany chased her down in the kayak and moved into the lead. Kathryn King worked very hard to catch her on the run and moved into 2nd place.
1st Lisa Maria Hirschfelder 3.10.50 (photo below) -2nd Kathryn King 3.15.50 – 3rd Joanna Swallow 3.15.59.
The standard of the race was well worthy of its World Cup status, with some fantastic times in both Male and Female categories, it was good to see plenty of new faces as well as the regulars. Its a tough course and always a great climax to our Quadrathlon Season, this year made special by the blue skies and calm seas, Bude is such a happy chilled seaside town it certainly left us all with a great feel good factor at the end of what has been a brilliant sporting summer … and that’s not to mention the cider, cornish pasties and cream teas … think everyone will be back for more next year (fingers crossed the weather will be just as good!!!)
A big thank to Simon Hammond and his Team for putting on this great event, very well organised and friendly, were a small sport so support this excellent race next year …. and get your entries in early … PLEASE … it really helps the Quad organisers!
Thanks everyone … and see you next season!
Full results – age groups – teams are here https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0ArSZBG05-VRxdHFMSWNFX3VOZXdMTktCQWU5NU9qM2c
Stefan Teichert and Lisa Maria Hirschfelder secured their Overall World Cup Tropies, along with Tom Stead who took the junior World Cup Trophy, a great result for him in his first full quadrathlon season.
Mat Stevenson and Jean Ashley were presented with the British National Trophy overall winners, along with age groupers Phil Binch (vet 40), Alison Deykin (vet 40) and Tom Stead (under 23)