N1 Tri club welcome’s new members
PUBLISHED: 21:09 05 October 2011
The New Forest Middle Distance Triathlon signals the end of the racing season for the N1 tri club, writes Dennis Elliot.
It is a challenging event comprising a 1.2 mile swim in a beautiful lake, a 56 mile bike course that takes in much of the New Forest, and the 13.2 mile run is a real test. The N1 supporters’ club was out in force and, using mountain bikes, they appeared all round the course to cheer on Guy Paddon and Mathew Cunningham.
For Paddon it was the climax of his season. His roving fan club on the day encouraged support from the rest of the crowd so that when Guy strode down the finishing chute it was to huge applause and appreciation for his efforts. Paddon was 223rd in the race of 400 racers in 6 hours 15 minutes.
For Mathew this was the end of one particular journey and the start of a new one.Three years ago Mathew learned the sad news that his Mum was seriously ill. Like many people in similar circumstances Mathew was forced to stand back and take stock.
At 19 stone in weight Mathew knew it was time to do something and he committed himself to getting really fit and to the sport of Triathlon. How proud his Mum would have been if she were to witness her son’s efforts last Sunday. Now an extremely athletic 12 stones in weight Mathew finished in eighth place in his age category 50th position overall in a time of 5 hours 23 minutes. Amazingly this was Mathew’s first ever race! As this chapter of the story ends we can now look forward to Mathew’s progress with a full Ironman on the agenda.
The N1 tri club is attracting new members who want to get involved in this sport including some outstanding cyclists who are currently learning to swim. If you are an already decent athlete and you have aspirations to be as good as you can be involved in a wonderful sport then do visit the N1 website.
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