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42 is the answer in 7Oaks
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Posted on: Monday 18th April 2016


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7Oaks Triathlon report - Sunday 17th April 2016 - and why 42 is important!

Although 42 may be the answer to The Question of Life, The Universe and Everything; in Sevenoaks it signified the 42nd time that the 7Oaks Triathlon has been held. On 7th July 1985 the world was a different place. 7th July was a Sunday and the following Saturday was Live Aid (for anyone under 45, this was a massive event); there was no internet, no Twitter and no Tri247 (heaven forbid), but for 117 athletes there was a 7Oaks Triathlon.

Since then the race has moved from a July date, to a September date, then and April & September date and since 2011 just an April date. 42 incarnations of a race that now sells out in a few hours. Two athletes that raced in this first event were competing again in the 2016 edition as well.

And so to 17th April 2016. The day dawned chilly but beautifully clear. There had been no rain in 36 hours and so all possible excuses had to be ditched. Perfect conditions.

The 7Oaks team are well known for their organisation so on the afternoon of the Saturday the advance party were already getting things ready for Sunday morning and thus the early crew (4.30am Sunday morning) had everything ready to set up for transition.

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With competitors coming from the local area (the nearest competitor lived just 350m away) and afar (two came from 220+ miles away) they arrived ready to do battle with the glorious Kent countryside. A 400m pool swim mixed with a hilly 25km bike and topped off with an 8km run through the 1,000 acre Knole Park meant that everyone went home knowing that (a) Kent isn’t flat and (b) local athletes have a beautiful area in which to train.

As always the racing was both fast and furious. Several clubs brought competitors in abundance (thank you to Ocean Lake Triathlon, Greenwich Tritons and Tunbridge Wells Tri Club) and many raced as solo competitors but once again the ‘local event run by local people’ had a warm smile and a heart to please everyone.

Youngest athletes Mischa Mortleman (daughter of 7Oaks Tri Club Chairman Charlie) and Alex Slack showed everyone else the potential of youth and the competitors in the 60-69 AG left many in their wake.

As always at 7Oaks Triathlon, the awards ceremony was followed by the prize draw where finishers whose number was drawn out of the hat could go home with prizes ranging from a Blueseventy wetsuit to vouchers from the local bike and running shops.

Kudos and congratulations as ever to the 7Oaks marshals for a well organised friendly event and to Race Director Neil Colvin who masterminded the whole event.

Results:

Pos Men Women
1st Tom Wade (Knight Frank) 1.21.15 Hannah Ewens (Crystal Palace Tri) 1.34.37
2nd Scott Wiseman (Ashford Tri) 1.22.09 Vikki Voysey (Greenwich Tritons) 1.36.47
3rd Chris Frost (VO2 Max RT) 1.24.09 Sophie Johnson (Greenwich Tritons) 1.42.39

Age Group placings:

Junior Under 17

Mischa Mortleman (7Oaks Tri) 2.04.41
George Slack 1.50.13

Junior Under 20

Kirandeep Marsh (7Oaks Tri) 1.45.48
Matt de Kock 2.24.51

Adult 20-29

Ali Cann (Greenwich Tritons) 1.46.03
James Donaldson (Greenwich Tritons) 1.28.12

Sen 30-39

Teresa Arevalo (Greenwich Tritons) 1.46.50
Rob Parry (Crystal Palace Tri) 1.25.07

Vet 40-49

Jude Hagger (Tunbridge Wells Triathlon Club) 1.43.19
Malcolm Davies (Greenwich Tritons) 1.29.54

Mega Vet 50-59

Ann Fuller (Dartford & White Oak Triathlon) 1.43.58
Hugh Gibbs 1.30.08

Super Vet 60-69

Tanya Edmondson (Rebel Tri) 2.28.07
David Farrell (Dartford & White Oak Triathlon) 1.43.39

Knight Frank presented a prize to the fastest local athletes. Fastest local male was Hugh Gibbs (1.30.08) but the prize for fastest local female had to be measured in fractions of a second. Kirandeep Marsh was the fastest local female (1h45m48.12s) by a whisker thin margin of 0.18 of a second!

Full results available HERE

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