Taunton Aquathlon 2011

Celia Miall

Celia Miall

by Celia Miall

17 WCT members competed at Taunton aquathlon on Sunday 27th Feb. It was chilly, with the odd shower here and there and a cool breeze threatening to make the run uncomfortable in a tri suit! So what to wear on the run was a bit of a dilemma, but most of us decided to brave it with not a lot on! We were all trying to remember what we needed, and discussed how we’d had to dig around to find our number belts and tri suits after the off season. It was lovely to see so many friendly faces at registration, to help relieve the pre race nerves (yes they still strike after years of racing!)

The long race went off first this included 40 lengths of the 25m pool followed by a 10k run. The run is hilly with a steady climb for the first 2.5 miles, then undulating the whole way. Bev Crockett, Toni Mckinlay and Caroline Lance went first. Bev was in competition with her brother Dave Crockett, and had a good swim beating him by over 20 secs, however she has been off running for a while with a hip injury but on the advice of her physiotherapist, she carried on but took it steady. Dave just pipped her in the run with only 24 seconds between them at the finish. Caroline had managed to get a last minute entry as she was feeling strong and didn’t want to miss out. She said she had a great swim with a good pair of feet to tuck in behind, however Caroline has a bug bear with Wellington pool –she struggles to get out (for those that don’ know the pool has high sides and a rail)!! Hoping for steps but not getting that lane she says she somehow managed to scramble up the pillar in the corner like a demented monkey!! She went onto to enjoy the run and was thrilled to complete the long distance. Toni Mckinlay and her friend Penny Cook did the relay as “The Go-Slows”. Toni was pleased with the swim, 23.23, having never done that distance before, however she had a man in her lane who took 10mins longer so got some practice overtaking, or barging through as Toni put it as she passed him 4 times!! Penny completed the relay doing the run in 1.01.

The 11.30 wave was busy for WCT members and made good spectating with Jo Wagstaff, Jeanie Fry, Mark Burgess, Chris Rouse and Darren Newman all going off together. Jo was quickest out the water (the split time included transition and anyone that knows Jo will know it takes her a while to get knee support on etc!! she was one second ahead of Mark into the run), next out the water were Chris and Darren, only 4 seconds apart. Last out the swim was Jeanie, however there was only 90 seconds separating the fastest and slowest and all was to change during the run! Darren ran a 41.17 10k and came in first out of the group in 58.39, Jeanie also overtook the crowd, completing the run in 41.51, giving her a total time of 1.01 taking 1st supervet by over 8mins. Jo came in next, also winning her age category, with Chris only 7 seconds behind her, followed by Mark. Caz Haywood was in an earlier wave and had a good swim but said that she has not done much recently and wants to work on her run, she was around 30 seconds behind Mark’s time.

The 12.00 wave included Martin Rogers, Dan Morris, one half of the Dudley Duo with his father Simon, and myself. When we set off I realized I was in a lane with the fast boys! One of which lapped me twice. I could see Martin who was in the next lane, and was concerned to see him climb out the pool when I still had 2 lengths to go! At this point I decided I must have been very slow, it was only afterwards I realized Martin had been super fast! So Martin was 1st out the water out of the WCT crew, 7th place in the men’s race. Dan was out next following a great swim; I was out last, leaving only 1 or 2 people in the pool, feeling very left behind!! Martin legged it in every sense of the word and overtook everyone, he said there was one man that was close behind all the way but he never looked back and just kept pushing. It paid off and Martin held him off to win the race overall in a brilliant time of 49.54, the only competitor inside 50mins! I had a difficult first half of the run but after munching a jelly baby I suddenly found the energy to pick up the pace and get over my depression to complete the 10k in 41.40, a total time of 57.41, 2nd lady overall, thrashed by Helen Dyke who was over 4 mins faster! The Dudley Duo finished in 1.02.25, 2nd male team.

Full 1000m/10k results can be viewed at:


The 500m/5k race followed, 20 lengths in pool then a two-lap run including that horrible hill. WCT members included Dave Kemp, Mark Astbury, Paul De St Paer and brand new member Sarah Brown. Dave, Mark and Paul’s swims remarkably only had 4 seconds separating them! Paul went onto a great run split of 20.13 to come 4th overall, 1st in his age category. Dave and Mark continued to run a very close race with Mark just taking the lead by 6 seconds. Sarah was competing in her very first race of this kind and reported that she really enjoyed herself, completing the swim in half her estimated time.

Full 500m/5k results can be viewed at:


Many thanks to all our supporters! Spectating at these type of events is not always that much fun and we really appreciate support from friends and family. Extra thanks to Sara, Julian and Emma for cheering and taking photos!

WCT Prize winners:


Martin Rogers: 1st overall
Celia Miall: 2nd Female
Jo Wagstaff: 1st Vet
Jeannie Fry: 1st Supervet


Paul De St Paer: 1st Vet