Skegness triathletes compete in London Triathlon

Left to right: Rich Vincent, Mark Wheeler, Jamie Gordon and Peter Nicholls.
Left to right: Rich Vincent, Mark Wheeler, Jamie Gordon and Peter Nicholls.

Four members of the Skegness Triathlon Club were in the London Olympic Distance Triathlon on Sunday, August, 3.

Mark Wheeler, Peter Nicholls, Jamie Gordon and Rich Vincent were all started at 12pm in a wave of over 400 competitors.

On a hot and humid day over the Docklands with the 02 Arena and Canary Wharf as the backdrop, this was Mark and Peters first Olympic distance triathlon, consisting of a 1500m open water swim, 40km bike ride and a 10km run.

Once they were suited in their wetsuits it was time to dive into the cooling, choppy waters of the Docklands for the first stage of the race.

Mark exited the water ahead of Rich, Peter and Jamie, in that order, although Peter and Jamie were shoulder to shoulder going into transition one to collect their bikes.

The roads were closed for the 40km, undulating bike leg, in the midday heat, out to Tower Bridge and back to the Excel Centre on a two lap course.

Mark was increasing his lead, with Peter beginning to close the gap on Rich.

At transition two, they were all still in the same order.

The bikes now racked and running shoes on the four re-fuelled and were back out on to the Quayside into the scorching sun once again for a 10km, three lap run.

Either side of the running course was lined with screaming supporters and the Skegness triathletes also had their own supporters cheering them on.

Marks lead increased only slightly more over the run as he began to cramp up.

Rich could now see Peter closing the gap even more on certain parts of the run, where the runners came face to face with each other as high fives and shouts of encouragement were exchanged.

Jamie had his Ironman race later this month in mind, so was looking to use this now as a training run, rather than push and chance an injury.

The order remained the same right to the finish line with Mark crossing almost 13 minutes ahead of second placed Rich who managed to hold off Peter by only 45 seconds and Jamie coming in fourth.

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