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JERSEY TRIATHLON 2016

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The Jersey Triathlon is the most southerly triathlon of the British Isles and is one of the most exciting, challenging and picturesque courses in Britain. 

This year's event took place on Sunday 10th July with Laura Jacques, Hannah Jacques and Michael Donoghue competing as "Team Fort Regent." Barclay Harvey and Sam Horsfall also took part.

Michael participated in the triathlon last year. He had every intention of completing the full triathlon on his own in 2016 but couldn't face the prospect of having to swim again! Still wanting to participate in the event (it's such a great atmosphere), Michael put a team together to complete the relay and subsequently managed to draft in Laura and Hannah Jacques.

Being that Laura is an experienced swimmer she was nominated for the swim leg.  Hannah's preference was to cycle which left Michael to complete the running discipline.

The team completed the triathlon in 2 hours 43 mins.  All accomplished times for their respective disciplines which they were hoping to achieve. Laura completed the 1 mile swim in 29m 51s, Hannah the 40km cycle in 1h 25m and Michael completed the 10km run in 45m 36s.

Active spoke to Laura Jacques about her discipline:

Was it tougher than you thought it would be?

"For me the first 5 minutes of the swim was the toughest as it was very choppy with lots of people to contend with.  After that everyone spread out a bit and I found my pace.  I was even able to overtake a couple of people!"

What were the highlights for each of you and what were the down points?  

"When I finished the swim I was really spurred on by the cheering crowd, encouraging all of us to 'run' up the steps to get to the bikes!"

How long did it take you to recover?

"After passing our team tracker to Hannah for the cycle discipline I had a nice warm coffee and I was all recovered and ready to cheer on the other participants, the atmosphere was electric with a great sense of team spirit! I used to be involved in swimming when I was younger and have always loved the water so when the chance to swim as part of the team came up I was happy to volunteer."

Did you achieve your personal objectives?

I really just wanted to survive the swim and hopefully not be the last one out of the water, both of which I succeeded! It was a nice touch that I made it in under 30 mins too."

Will you be entering again next year? 

"Now that I've got the bug I'd love to. We'll see if we can get the team together again."

Written by Colin Stanier at 09:00

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