Nigel's Bala challenge

PUBLISHED: 16:09 22 June 2010 | UPDATED: 16:09 22 June 2010

Nigel Down on the cycling leg of the British and Welsh Middle Distance triathlon Championships.

Nigel Down on the cycling leg of the British and Welsh Middle Distance triathlon Championships.

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A N1 Tri club member takes on the best

Triathlon is a wonderful sport as it allows individuals to get fit without getting bored and the variety of the training regime ensures that injuries resulting from repetitive activities are mercifully rare. The atmosphere and spectacle at races is friendly and exciting and the finished result is a sense of well-being and achievement.

The N1 tri club, which has activities all over the East Devon area, has all levels of athletes. All members of the club have now established their individual goals for the season as the race calendar gets into full swing. Nigel Down set his personal sights very high. He decided to compete in the British and Welsh middle distance championships in Bala at the weekend. The course is recognised as being amongst the most challenging of its type. The swim section is 2-km in length with all competitors wearing wet-suits to protect them from the icy cold waters of Lake Bala. The bike ride is an out and back affair of 78.5km with the added challenge that it goes over the top of a mountain with 10 per cent grades to test the riders. Completing the bike ride sets up the final challenge which is a hilly 20km run. Nigel completed the course in fine style in 5:56:46. There were over 700 in the race and Nigel managed a very creditable 177th in his category. The overall winner was James Gilfillan of Team Feat.

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