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ECF Monster Triathlon report
Posted by: Press Releases
Posted on: Monday 19th August 2013

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Monster Racing staged their third middle distance and their brand new olympic distance triathlon around Ely on Sunday, 18th August.

Athletes in the middle, more widely known as a half ironman, took on a mile and a quarter swim, 51 mile cycle and 13 mile run, whilst athletes in the olympic event completed just under a mile swim, 26 mile cycle and a 7 and a half mile run.

Both events were sponsored by Eastern Counties Finance and run in conjunction with Kings School, Ely. ECF have supported Monster Racing since their first event in 2011 putting up generous prize funds for the winners which means the events attract big names from all over the UK including UK Age Group Athletes.

The race incorporated as many local businesses as possible; the events began with Ely Riverboat Cruises leading the swim with Matthew Smart, ECF, and Elaine Griffin-Singh, Ely’s mayor, on board. Athletes were treated by PWR+, part of G’s Ely, as they finished with a tasty 100% natural performance drink.

A total of 450 athletes started the events with a picturesque swim from the bottom of Pocket Park, to just beyond the Cutter before turning around and existing the river just by the Maltings. They headed for transition, based on Jubilee Gardens, where they quickly changed and mounted their bikes. Once out on the bike course they benefitted from the flat fens for their long ride. They then enjoyed a new run route around the city before heading back to Jubilee Gardens to finish with the magnificent Ely Cathedral in the background. Many athletes achieved personal best times!

The ECF Monster Middle winner in a time of 3hr 48min 32sec was Sam Gardner (Club Berkshire Tri Squad) and the female winner was Vicky Gill (SwimforTri) in 4:16:51.

The ECF Monster Olympic winner in a time of 2hr 25min 56sec was Tony Robinson (Tri-Anglia) and the female winner was Becky Schofield (Tri-Anglia) in 2:33:01. The new course layout caused some issues for some athletes, these issues adversely effected some timings. Monster Racing are keen to prevent this mishaps in 2014.

Many Ely Tri Club members took part, with outstanding results. For some it was an opportunity to take part in races of these distances, a challenge which takes months of training. ECF Monster Middle competitors were: Peter Foody finished 18th in a time of 4:24:17, Chris Fulford 99th 5:06:03, Sam Hatch 127th 5:12:47, Madeline Howarth 162nd 5:26:47, Tony Brooks 233rd 5:53:08, Katryn Mercer 256th 6:13:08 and Laura Marshall-Colling 265th 6:18:30. ECF Monster Middle competitors were: Gary Wilberforce 7th 2:31:09, Jay woods 21st 2:47:55, David Green 2:49:36 and Nadia Baker 3:44:08

Monster Racing have introduced an Ultra event to their event calendar on 29th September. This is a 72.5km foot race starting and finishing in Ely. Entries are open at

The organisers commented: “We have received excellent feedback on these races this year. The ECF Monster Middle has grown for the third year and the ECF Monster Olympic is a fantastic addition to our event calendar. Monster Racing events are known for their organisation and fast beautiful courses! We would like to thank everyone who helped marshal, all competitors, all safety and ‘behind the scenes’ crew as well all our sponsors. Thank you also to City and District Council for supporting the event with access to Jubilee gardens and road closures.”

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