British Relay Triathlon Championships 2012

Last weekend Gyllyngvase Surf Life Saving + Triathlon Club entered two teams at the British Relay Triathlon Championships, in Nottinghamshire. One of the most exhilarating and fun events on the UK calendar, the Club Relays revolves around teams of four using a tagging format where everyone swims, everyone bikes and everyone runs in a race that looks like a mixture between competition and chaos.

Originally started in 1991, this event is just legendary; there is truly nothing else like it. In 1991 with just 120 competitors, the 2012 event saw over 2000 athletes join in. There were 180 teams entered, comprising of 4 members (2 male & 2 female). Each competitor had to complete a 500m swim, a 15km bike and a 5km run. After each discilpline they tagged a team member until all four had completed the race. It wasn’t just one big laugh for all. With British Triathlon National Honours at stake there were some serious racing out there on a completely closed course. There were Olympians and World Champions taking part, so the 2 teams from little old Falmouth had their work cut out.

The Gylly triathletes held their own, with the team comprising of Allan Reid, Alice Nicholas, Matthew Stone and 16 year old Natasha Mundell finishing in a superb 17th place. Gylly’s second team (Kieran Townsend (16), Matt Casey (16), Becky Walters and Nicole Walters) placed in 50th. Both teams certainly won the prize for travelling the furthest to reach the competition, and put Gylly on the map as a premier triathon club in Cornwall. Well done to all competitiors on the day, great performances were shown by all.

Full results >> relays-saturday-am12results

Images courtesy of Doug Hall