Tri Bendylegs rider stripped of 3rd place
Despite the horrible conditions, 11 members of Tri Bendylegs completed the Gower Triathlon held in Port Eynon last Saturday. Tri Bendylegs is a group of friends, from over the country, sponsored by Bendylegs Granola, who have joined forces this year to raise money for The Alzheimer’s Society and Swansea SCBU. Between them they are competing in a series of short and long course triathlons. Some have done some for the first time and others are more experienced. The fund raising will continue into the autumn when 2 members of the group will be taking part in the first Ironman competition to be held in Wales in Tenby. Fundraising to date is over £500. All donations welcome.
All the competitors had a great race, despite the heavy sea swell and the driving rain, especially Stacy Turner from Bristol who came third out of over 300 competitors. Unfortunately, he was disqualified for dangerous driving after finding himself on the wrong side of the road on one section of the bike course. Stacy had just returned from a week biking in France which led to the confusion. Surely, the weather was a bit of a give away that he wasn’t in France! His team mates all enjoyed giving him a hard time about it but he really was very lucky not to have been injured thanks to the race marshals quick action.
The Gower Triathlon is one of the fantastic events put on over the summer by Scott and Gareth from Tri and Enter (www.triandenter.com). They are open to anyone and everyone. They are brilliantly organised and great fun. There is an Olympic distance Triathlon in Port Eynon on 1st October and a short course fancy dress triathlon that Tri Bendylegs will be entering as a team.
Triathlons sound daunting but the short course ones are really achievable with some basic training. You get a little taste of everything. Swimming, biking and running. You really do feel amazing when you get to the finish and everyone cheering you on keeps you going to the end. Then you go home with a smile on your face, and that feeling of bendylegs, knowing that you have done something that you didn’t think you were capable of doing.
Go on. Have a go.