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Upton Tri+ report
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Posted on: Sunday 11th July 2010


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Organiser Jessica Surman reports on the fourth Upton Triathlon, a very popular event where the post-race party is as infamous as the race itself!

Full results: Standard Distance / Sprint Distance.


Hundreds of athletes battled with the sweltering heat on Saturday (July 10th) to compete in the fourth Upton Triathlon.

A record 500 racers piled into the River Severn, setting off in waves of around 70 athletes at a time, to begin the race in the relatively cool water before the temperature rose significantly during the cycling and running stages.

Large crowds gathered on Upton bridge and along the course to bask in the sunshine, eat their picnics and cheer on the competitors.

After the race had finished the triathletes let their hair down at the traditional post-race party where weary limbs were still throwing moves on the dance floor long into the night. Luckily most revellers only had a short walk across the field to their tents for a well earned sleep.

Upton Tri 2010

Athletes of all standards travelled from far and wide to take part in what is fast becoming one of the most sociable triathlons on the circuit.

Novice Tom Faulkner, 29, journeyed from Aldeburgh in Suffolk, to take part in his maiden race. He completed the Olympic distance (1500m swim, 40km cycle, 10km race) in a respectable time of 3 hours 4 minutes. Still out of breath after a sprint to the finish line he said: "This was by far and away the most difficult thing I have ever done. But I now feel on top of the world. Bring on the party."

Upton also kept its tradition of attracting local and national sporting names.

This year Denis Betts, the legendary former Wigan and Great Britain rugby league star and member of Cheltenham Triathlon Club, tackled the Olympic course in 2 hours 38 minutes.

While 19 year old Rhys Davey remains the man to beat picking up his fourth straight win at Upton in the sprint distance (750m swim, 21.5km cycle, 5km run) in a hugely impressive time of 1 hour 5 minutes.

As always the race was a mixture of first time racers and seasoned pros.

The race begins with a downstream swim to Upton, where competitors jump onto their bikes to cycle around country lanes before running along farm-tracks to the finish.

Before the prize giving race organiser Jessica Surman presented a cheque for nearly £2,200 to the chosen charity, Midlands Air Ambulance. Jessica said: "It has been a fantastic day and rewarding to see people finish exhausted but with smiles on their faces. It is also great to know that we have managed to raise so much money to help Midlands Air Ambulance to continue saving lives across the region."

There were a wealth of prizes for the top 3 finishers in each category donated by sponsors that included Zone3 triathlon performance clothing, Fisher German Chartered Surveyors, Gatorade energy drink, Pegoty Hedge organic meals, InfinIT custom blended nutrition and Raleigh International adventure expeditions, TriFocus coaching and Embrace Sports holidays. Each competitor also received much needed P20 once a day suncream for the race.


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