Three Blind Veterans UK members undertook the challenge of the London Triathlon on a cold, wet, windy September day.
Charlie Eastwood, David Cranson and Sue Eyles all entered the murky waters of the Royal Victoria Dock for the 1500m swim. With the rain pelting down they set off just after 12pm. Charlie, guided by Mark Green, was the first out of the water in 48:35 and a quick T1 saw him off on the 36km tandem ride comprising two laps from Excel to Tower Bridge and back. He was followed out of the water by Sue and her guide Nikki Green (Llandudno S&R instructor) in a time of 1.09:58 and then David (accompanied by Steve Mills, Brighton S&R instructor) in a time of 1.15:22.
The bike ride was complicated by a fierce headwind on the return section. The weather conditions meant that punctures and crashes were happening all over the course. Thankfully our riders emerged unscathed. Charlie was first into T2 after 1.21:20 on the bike. Sue was next in a time of 1.28:40 however a quicker ride from David (1.25:37) meant he overtook Sue while they were both in transition and they exited the main hall about 30 seconds apart as they set off on the run.
A crowded run route coupled with a course comprising lots of tight twists and turns made it hard to get into a rhythm but that didn’t deter our triathletes. A swift run time of 1.06:14 brought Charlie home in an overall time of 3.32:27. David was next in with a run of 1.12:25 giving him an overall time of 4.07:18. He had managed to increase the gap over Sue who came home in an overall time of 4.32:53 after a 1.35:39 run.
Each of our members enjoyed the race despite the weather conditions and after this year’s Olympics-related delay, hopefully 2013 will see a return to the sun-drenched late-July conditions we have been used to.