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
Was it tougher than you thought it would
"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
"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
Did you achieve your personal
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
Will you be entering again next
"Now that I've got the bug I'd love to. We'll see if
we can get the team together again."