|Glamping was available (Photo by Mark Ratcliffe)
|All set up!
I slept pretty well, unlike my wife she had a pretty rubbish sleep which was not good considering she was going to be crewing me later on. I still had to register to pick up my race number and finish setting up our stuff for the event, so we left the hotel early, grabbed a big breakfast and made our way to the event.
|All ready for the go!
|Duane and myself
|Team Buff UK's Sarah, David and me!
Last few minute preps and I made my way to the start line, with so many people on the start line, I was towards the back. Everyone was eager to go, like horses in the starting pens. The big and small hands hit 12pm and we were off, the supporters along the start straight finish cheering us on as we made our way out of the area. Each lap was 10KM and was made up of mainly tarmac with some grassy areas, having asked a few veterans of the course, I asked how it compared to HOPE24's course and was told it's not a challenging but the extra 1.2 miles makes up for it. The course lead us out down the road before turning right up an incline and the first of the grassy areas. It took us around a field before back on the road and heading back towards the way we came. Not far after the 3KM sign we turned right and headed down a slight incline towards and over a bridge near two beautiful lakes at the 4KM point. Straight after the bridge we made our way up a long hill, it wasn't steep but it went on for about 1 and 3/4 KM's where you hit a water station.
|Race start briefing
|Digging in deep (Photo by Curly Photography)
|Great support throughout the event by Team Bear Tri
|Photo by Mark Ratcliffe
|More miles for Phil
Johnny and Laura have created something special here, long may it continue. Definitely one as long as I'm not at sea I will go back to.
I must thank my wife and son for being an amazing support crew once more, X-Bionic and Sunwise for the continued support and the amazing kit.