The BUCS Biathlon Championships in Oxford last week saw a range of strong performances by University of Bath Triathlon club members. Seven athletes represented Bath in the event which comprised of two legs: a lunchtime 1.6km run, followed by a 200m sprint in the pool a couple of hours later.
The girl’s team of Rachel Whitford, Sophie Page, and Issy Dunlop, all put in sterling performances on the day and spearheaded by Rachel’s 6th place overall they finished 4th in the team event.
The male squad also turned up in a big way. Chairman Josh Alculumbre put on quite the show for the ladies gathered in the audience by sporting extremely high-cut shorts which lead to chants of “who wears short shorts” from the raucous crowd gathered at Oxford University’s Sir Roger Bannister Running Track.
The boy’s team of Justin Austin, Brian Glynn and Josh stormed to an overall 7th place in the standings. The team standings are calculated based upon the times of the fastest three athletes from each University. This meant that Chris Milbourne, despite valiant efforts, was unable to contribute. He was left in 49th place individually and was somewhat despondent having been unable to break into the much coveted top 48.
A special mention must also go to the club’s lovely volunteers Ashia and Tom. Whilst Tom spent the majority of his time holding a stopwatch, making him feel far more important than he actually was, swim coach Ashia was put to work as swim heat starter and referee after organisers seemingly forgot the importance of such jobs – an oversight which meant they did not hire their own.
The next Triathlon club event is the BUCS Sprint Triathlon in May. After the more low key nature of the slightly more niche Biathlon it promises to be a major date in the University sporting calendar with many of the club’s 100 members set to take part.
The University of Bath Triathlon Club is sponsored by PwC, DB max and Nuun who give them support throughout the year.