Triathletes converge for Bassetlaw Sprint Tri event

by | 18 October 2021 | Retford, Sports Club

Triathletes from across the region took part in the Bassetlaw Sprint Triathlon in September.
The event, hosted by Bassetlaw Triathlon Club, was back after an absence in 2020 due to COVID restrictions and attracted over 130 competitors from as far afield as Doncaster, Chesterfield, Wakefield, Mansfield to name just a few.
Based at the BPL Your Space leisure centre in Worksop, the event started with a 400-metre pool swim. On a bright sunny morning the swimmers had a cool start in the pool. With the need for some social distancing in the pool area the number of swimmers per lane was reduced. The timings meant that the swim process took a little longer than in previous years, but everything went smoothly. District Councillor Julie Leigh, a long-time supporter of the club, did the honours starting the different waves of swimmers from 8.00am onwards.
The bike ride went out from Worksop on a fully marshalled route past Langold and through the local villages of Letwell and Gilding Wells, before participants returned to the leisure centre to complete a 5km run route around the centre.
The good weather brought a good crowd out to support, especially on the run course.
First woman home was Hannah Shooter, who also won the event last time it was held in 2019, in a time of 1 hour 13 minutes. For the men, it was Andy Tarry, from Chesterfield with a time of 1 hour and 4 minutes. He has had success in the event in previous years and said: “This is a great local event, well organised and a no hassle, thanks to all who helped put the event on.”
Race director Jason Lippitt commented: “It was great to get the event back on after a year’s absence. The team of volunteers have ensured that all the competitors were well briefed, safe and had a good day out. It was great to have first time triathletes competing. A big thanks to our sponsors this year, TRI Performance and Sports Massage, New Focus Photography, Chameleon Imaging and BPL for the use for their facilities.”
Also planning to return was finisher Katie Jackson who said: “I honestly cannot tell you how happy I was at this event. The volunteers were immensely helpful, happy and encouraging and I will be telling everyone it was a superb it was.”
The whole day was deemed to be a great success, with one minor and unusual incident in the pool where one competitor suffered a dislocated shoulder. The club secretary commented: “We’d also like to send our best wishes to the competitor who dislocated their shoulder in the swim. They had to have a trip to hospital, but we have heard they are ok, but a little sore. Hopefully we will see you next year.”