Athletics: Bank Holiday weekend another busy one for Innovation Multisport

Athletics / Fri 10th May 2024 at 07:04am

THE BANK Holiday weekend was another busy one for Innovation Multisport members!!

Harlow parkrun on Sat May 4th, saw Run Director Louise Peacock, Liz Coxall and Davina Smith all celebrating their 100th parkrun milestone dressed in the Star Wars theme! Ladies done well they have! 

Sunday, also in Harlow Town park was Race for Life where every year 100s of Harlow residents take park in either the 3k, 5k and 10k races to raise money and awareness for Cancer Research UK.We had a few members take part and we also volunteered our services as back walkers. 

A bit further afield in St Neots, Cambridgeshire  saw Andrew Kitson complete his first Triathlon of the season and finishing in a fantastic 2nd place overall!! This is what he had to say about the event,

“It was a pleasing bonus to start the triathlon season with a podium at the St. Neots Sprint Triathlon.

The 750-metre river swim went really well. There was a strong flow that assisted the first half but hindered the second half. I’ve been working on swimming with a quicker cadence, so in addition to hugging the bank (where the flow is typically less strong), I upped my rate to minimise any dead spots in my stroke. On exiting the river, I heard the commentator remark that I had a large lead. From looking through the results, it looks like my lead was approximately 2 minutes!

In addition to contributing to my quick swim, the Yonda Ghost iii wetsuit slipped off with ease in Transition. I opted to wear socks, which probably contributed to a slightly slower T1 but it went pretty smoothly.

The bike went well, and my legs showed very little ill-effects from the training of the days before; I wrote a plan that only allows for a reduction in training load before my B-races and this was not one of those. I made it to about 20km, of 25, before being passed by the fastest rider, and the next fastest cyclist passed me in the final km.

T2 was on par with the other podium placers, and I left Transition a few seconds behind the second placed athlete.

I sat on the shoulder of the second placed athlete for the first km of the 5km run, and it was clear that we were reeling in the leader, who had started to take glances over his shoulder. The second placed guy started to pull away, and by the end of the first lap, of 2, he’d taken the lead. Early into lap 2, I moved into second place, and I remained there until the finish line.”

Well done Andy!

Bank Holiday Monday saw Dan Finch over in Milton Keynes running the half marathon and finishing in a great time of 2:15:25 even with achillies issues! Superb effort!

If you would like more information about joining Innovation Multisport,  we have walking, jeffing and running ground, plus cycling and swimming please email [email protected]

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