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GE Blenheim Triathlon: run course tips
Posted by: Editor
Posted on: Thursday 1st March 2012


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Congratulations on choosing the GE Blenheim Triathlon. As well as one of the largest triathlons in the UK, it's also one of the most stunning courses you could ever wish to race on!

Let's focus here on the run course. Athletes taking part in the Sprint race will be running 5k, while those taking part in the shorter Super Sprint race will be completing 2.5k.

As with any triathlon, you will be fatigued after the cycle leg, so how do you make the best of your run on race day?

Firstly, the GE Blenheim transition area is huge, with many rows of bikes… make sure you know, before your race, where your transition spot is - so you can at least find your running shoes swiftly when you return to start the final element of your triathlon.

Very soon after starting the run you will have to pass up and over an access bridge which crosses the bike course. Coming so soon into the run, before your legs have 'settled' after the cycle leg this will feel tough. So a) don't worry, that's normal and b) don't go sprinting off immediately, unless you are very confident in your running ability. Save that for once you have crossed this first bridge!

The first part of the run takes you out of the Palace courtyard and towards the finish line…but before you get there, you'll have to turn left! The Sprint Distance course comprises of two full laps from this point, the Super Sprint one lap.

The main lap of the run course takes you anti-clockwise around the upper lake, known as the Queens Pool. The 'out' section is downhill – an opportunity for you legs to recover from the bike ride – but as you circle the lake you begin an uphill section which takes you back towards Blenheim Palace and towards the Vanbrugh Bridge. Once back to the bridge you will be kept on the left, there are cyclists coming down the hill towards you, as you climb back up to the front of the Palace and then start either your second lap or run straight on to the finish.

Once you have completed your one (Super Sprint) or two (Sprint) laps of the Queens Pool circuit, carry straight on to the finish line. Get your medal, grab a drink and look back on a great day!

To see the whole GE Blenheim Triathlon course in graphical simulation form, check out the 2011 GE Blenheim Triathlon triVIEWER from our friends at www.tri247.com, the UK's leading triathlon website, the number one resource for everything swim, bike, run.


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