On May 4th, a strong group of eight men and women took the short trip down to Calne in Wiltshire to battle against the best of the best student triathletes in the country at the BUCS Sprint Triathlon Championships.
The battle took place across three gruelling tests of endurance – a 750m swim, followed by 25km of cycling and finishing with a 5km run.
The day presented perfect triathlon weather – not too hot and not too cold. With over 600 entrants and many more supporting from the side lines, the atmosphere at the event was electric and unlike anything the Cardiff athletes had experienced before, but they were ready for the challenge ahead and optimistic of some great performances.
There were almost 200 entries in the women’s event and Cardiff had two athletes in the top 150, with Sophie Liddament leading the way thanks to a fantastic swim and Charlotte Frazer-Cox just behind. Cardiff’s third female competitor, Gemma Mayled, finished the arduous course in a respectable 169th place on a day when competitors from other universities failed to finish the race.
In the men’s event, Alex Thorley flew the Cardiff flag high with a seventh place finish out of almost 500 competitors from universities across the UK.
Geoff Smart and Laurence Lovell both made the top 200, and Ed Smart and Jonny Harper ensured that all of Cardiff’s men finished inside the top half of the field.
The next triathlon is on June 1st, and the whole club are continuing to train hard in preparation for it. With the continued support of the cycling, swimming and athletics clubs, Cardiff University Triathlon are hoping to improve on their encouraging results from this event and put in some even better performances this summer.