Reed does well at Portland Race to the Bill Triathlon

PUBLISHED: 20:32 23 July 2013

Last Sunday morning Luke Reed and Alex Todd travelled to Portland to tackle the Race to the Bill Triathlon, writes Dave Mutter.

On arrival in Portland it appeared to be very windy, which made the sea choppy. This made for a tough start to the standard distance race which comprises of a 1500m swim / 40k bike and 10k run.

After travelling the length and breadth of the country over the last few weeks, Reed was looking forward to racing locally again. He certainly come out of the blocks quickly, finishing the swim eighth overall in 24.36, then onto the hilly bike course which seemed to suit him as he had the sixth fastest time on the day of 1.15.22. Reed came of the bike in third place, then onto the run he got up to second, with a mile to go started to feel the pace and lost two places.

He finished the run in 38.54 giving him an overall race time of 2.20.30 and fourth place overall. He was absolutely over the moon with his result.

Alex Todd had a very good race, considering the conditions weren’t ideal for your maiden sea swim, he gritted his teeth to finish the swim in 35.35, although rough he strangely enjoyed being banged around by the waves! Onto the bike where he managed a very good time of 1.18.36, 20th fastest of the day. Next to the run where he realised how much the swim and bike had taken out of him, but still ran a very strong 10k of 39.43. This gave Todd an overall time of 2.35.59 and 30th place overall. Todd was very pleased with his first Open water triathlon, and says he is looking forward to doing more work on the swim.


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