Cracking race at the Beaver Triathlon over the weekend.

This Saturday (8th June 2013) saw the 8th edition of the Beaver Triathlon, a 1.9km swim, an extended 80km undulating bike, and 20km hilly run around the scenic, rolling Leicestershire countryside. Nestled within the grounds of the historic and picturesque Belvoir Castle, the event attracted a strong field of female athletes, including 2013 European Middle Distance 25-29 Age Group Bronze Medalist Polly Linskill and IRONMAN 70.3 Pro Georgie Rutherford. It was clear from the outset that it was going to be a competitive race for the ladies, with a battle for the coveted National Middle Distance Championship podium.

Rutherford was first out of the swim, blasting through the two-lap course and 400m run to transition in an impressive 29:49min. She was closely followed by Linskill, who exited the water in 30:54min and Team Milton Keynes/7Hundred’s Jenny Hewitt in 32:22min.

The windy conditions on the rolling bike course meant that it was an especially challenging course, and that competitors were to prepare themselves tactfully for this in order to finish strong. Unfortunately, Rutherford experienced a double puncture on the 9th mile, which lost her the lead and left her on the side of the road for ten minutes. Hewitt had a superb bike, finishing the 50-mile course in an impressive 2:22:04, followed by Team Cherwell’s Kate McNeill who pulled herself up through the field, finishing in 2:24:14.

The Beaver run encompasses four laps of ‘USN Hill’ a challenging ‘out and back’ hilly route. Hewitt held an early lead, but Linskill was flying and overtook her as they fly down the 3rd hill descent. Rutherford made up a lot of time and ran well, overtaking Hewitt and closing in on Linskill over every mile.

Linskill finished first in 4:32:01, followed a minute and a half later by Rutherford in 4:33:31. Hewitt finished strong in 4:34:39 to make up the final ladies podium.

Polly Linskill, spoke to British Triathlon at the race finish,

‘It was a massive surprise to win, I have been battling a bit of plantar fasciitis so was really worried about racing, but really happy with my result. For me, the hilly run was the best bit; I come from a fell running background and so was in my element. Instead of getting daunted by the distance, I treated it as four separate hill reps which really worked well for me. I am delighted with my result.’

2nd place Georgie Rutherford said,

‘Experiencing a double puncture nine miles into the bike course was incredibly frustrating. It felt like I was on the side of the road for ages getting them fixed, watching everyone come speeding past me. I didn’t spend much time checking my inners, so it is a relief that I didn’t experience any other issues, especially as I was only carrying two canisters and two inners with me. As soon as I got back out there, I had the advantage of passing lots of people which is a great feeling. Playing catch up is always the best place to be – I always enjoy a little bit of cat and mouse! I was pleased with my run, the girls were really quick and were good competition- it’s a pity I couldn’t quite close in the gap all the way.
I raced the Little Beaver as a qualifier back in 2010, and thoroughly enjoyed returning this year. The event is very well organised and I would recommend it to anyone.’

Ladies Results

1) Polly Linskill: 4:32:01

2) Georgie Rutherford (Team Ichiban): 4:33:31

3) Jenny Hewitt (Team Milton Keynes/7Hundred): 4:34:39

4) Lucy Custance (Clapham Chasers): 4:42:40

5) Kate McNeill (Team Cherwell): 4:51:54

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