Liverpool 5150, 2011

June 28th, 2011 by

Keep the ball rolling! – One week on from the season debut at the Scottish Sprints it was up a distance notch for the UK round of Ironman’s new olympic distance 5150 Series in Liverpool at the weekend.  The race was higher profile and a little bit busier than last weekend shall we say, so I was looking forward to getting out there to see how I would find creping out of my comfort zone once again!

Fraser Cartmell

I had raced in Liverpool once before – the British Championships were held there once in 2004, and I remembered the Albert Docks as being a really good city centre venue; which they certainly are. We arrived on Saturday evening, having left the rain of the Shire behind and found a pleasant warmth in the air. Happy days right away!

The race for me was all about getting out there, enjoying it and having a blast – Going as hard as I could from the off was about as complicated as my race plan ever looked and there was something nice and relaxing about that. There was a small but really good quality field racing, which I knew would let me see how I was doing in the old fitness stakes… ouch!

The swim was in the dock itself, with the odd (thankfully non stinging) jellyfish and green and gunky reeds to negotiate. I held my own and climbed out just behind Stuart Hayes, feeling pleased with the effort as the boy can surely swim. I stuck my head down on the bike and set to work ticking off the 4 laps through the streets; lap 1 was a painful blur, laps 2 and 3 were highlighted by the chimes of the church bells and lap 4 was a case of  ‘lets get off the bike soon as these legs are a wee bit tired now’! I was delighted to ride like I did and a 70second buffer to Stuart out of T2 was the result… loved riding the Speed Concept again! My run was a mix between holding off Stu for as long as I could and then fending a charging Ritchie Nichols off in his non drafting debut … there were a few curses directed his way in the closing 500m!

All in it was a great weekend away – I thought it was a cracking venue for this type of race with closed roads and great viewing for spectators across all 3 disciplines which always makes such a difference to the way an event feels. A big thankyou to the Kevin, Richard and Laura at race HQ for looking after us so well and giving us a great hotel room!

Congratulations to Stuart and fellow tri performance solutions racer Liz Blatchford for theirs wins …. thanks to Liz for this superb race video aswell:

Full races results are here.