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Lidl Bananaman report 2012
Posted by: Press Releases
Posted on: Wednesday 19th September 2012

Tags  Bananaman  |  Human Race

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Eton, Dorney turned into a yellow festival as hundreds of Lidl BananaMan Triathletes descended upon the lake to take part in the UK’s most ‘bananas’ event. Many sported the striking yellow event t-shirt while others went for the full banana costume. The Lidl BananaMan was the very first event to be held post London 2012 and athletes hoped some luck was left in the air for their performances too.

The team time trial kick started the day with three team members all taking on an 800m swim, 31.8km bike and 7.5km run, and all crossing the finish line side by side. With a running history of the Thames Turbo Triathlon team winning the Team Time Trial at BananaMan the pressure was on for this year’s Thames Turbo Powerbar team to follow suit. The team played to each others strengths and with a strong lead after dismounting the bike, all they had to do was hold their position for the final run leg. In true Thames Turbo style the boys carried it home taking first place in a time of 1:31:36.

Team Blackline London, also competing in the Bunch of Bananas Team Time Trial opted for less coverage during their bike and run leg as they wore tight trunks, electric blue cropped tops and stick on moustaches. Coming in three minutes after the Turbos they claimed they owed their second place to their streamline outfits and appeared to be considering this wardrobe choice again. “We overtook the team from Cambridge Triathlon Club and I think the sight of us was enough to put them off as we seemed to pull ahead and comfortably place ourselves in second,” said Blackline London.

Mid-morning saw the lake invaded by a sea of yellow swim caps as employees from the title sponsor, Lidl took on the Super Sprint distance (400m swim, 21.2km bike, 5 km run). Carl Williams took the top spot for the Lidl males in a time of 1:08:14 just 6 seconds ahead of Richard Taylor. In a wave dominated by males, Tina Hansom had to battle her way through the testosterone to gain her triumphant first place and crossed the line in 1:24:20.

Next up triathletes took on the Whole Banana, with the longest distances of the day. The 800m swim in the clear, calm Dorney Lake was followed by flat closed roads for a 31.8km bike and 7.5km run.  Michael Bridge shot off from the start with the only competitor completing the 800m swim under 10 minutes. With consistently good splits Bridge headed home in 1:31:24 to take first place. Anna Hegvold also owned the course with almost a 2 minute lead after the swim and finished in an overall time of 1:38:46. Those who excel in one discipline teamed up for the Bunch of Bananas relay each completing either the swim, bike or run. Girl power was out in force as the Bloomberg Tri Girls (1:35:49) took the winning title.

The unconventional distances of the Half Banana and Banana Split were not only perfect for seasoned triathletes to mix it up and have some fun, but it was the ideal triathlon for beginners and the younger, less experienced triathlete. Challenging themselves to the Banana Split (200m swim, 5.3km bike and 2.5km run) Sandra Hearn and Sally Penman both approached registration with the nervous face of a first timer but upon finishing appeared to have found a new love “After a few lessons in frontcrawl and maybe a treat of a brand new racing bike we’ll definitely be back to another Human Race event.” Sandra Hearn even managed to pick up first place for the females in the Banana Split in a time of 43:11 and Tom Priestly (33:33) took the gold for the males. The Banana Split also saw a flurry of Youth athletes with six finishing in the top 10 overall. The older of the youths competed in the Half Banana (400m swim, 10.6 bike, 2.5 run) among them was Zack Holdaway who took on the Nuffield Health Triathlon earlier in the year and with perfect conditions  today and his first triathlon season behind him, a personal best was pulled out the bag for his final race, crossing the line in 38:33. Following shortly behind Georgina Hellier took first place for the females in 41:05.  

The races were topped off with some fantastic hospitality from Lidl who provided a complimentary BBQ and treats for all competitors and spectators.  

The BananaMan is only the start of the Human Race September Triathlons, with HSBC Triathlon, SteelMan Triathlon and the Diamond Tri all lined up in the next week. Entries are still open for SteelMan and Diamond Tri.

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