Double delight at Buttermere Triathlon

Date: Friday 20th September 2013
Ali Robinson
Ali Robinson

EDEN’S Ali Robinson broke his own record to win this year’s Buttermere triathlon, while the women’s event was won by Hannah Horsburgh, of Braithwaite, who was competing in only her second triathlon.

Hannah Horsburgh
Hannah Horsburgh

Ali, from Dockray, who last week finished second overall and first in age group in the prestigious Challenge Henley-on-Thames a half-ironman event clocked an overall time of 2hr 53min 1sec, beating his previous best by 3min 29sec.

“It was good to go back it’s a beautiful course,” said the former professional cyclist, whose victory in the event last year was his first since taking up triathlon.

The event comprised a 15km lake swim, a 44km road cycle and a 13km trail run. As usual the 29-year-old’s strongest leg was the cycling, but he put in his best swimming performance in a triathlon, completing the 1.5km in 25min 14sec, placing him 12th. He was second in the swim (behind a relay team) and second in the run.

“It was a better field then last year. The guy who was second (Jon Alexander) would have taken the course record last year.

“I went in thinking a win was on the cards because last year when I won I was cycling and only dabbling with triathlon.

“I was tired though, and I didn’t know how much I would fade at the end. I was running as well as I could, I didn’t hold back I had no idea how far in the lead I was coming off the bike.

“It is a much smaller event than the Henley-on Thames one, and not at the same level, but the organisers wanted me back and it was nice to go back,” said Ali, who represents Keswick Bikes.

Also competing at Buttermere was Olympic and world champion cyclist Ed Clancy who was part of a relay team representing the event sponsors. However, Ali did not get a chance to race against him as Clancy was a considerable way behind him after the swim. “If he (Clancy) had been there I would have raced him,” said Ali, whose next event is the Wasdale Triathlon next weekend, followed by the Lanzarote half-ironman on 5th October.

Anther Keswick Bikes competitor, Jonny Hume, was 17th in 3.17.16.

Meanwhile, Hannah won the women’s event in a time of 3.19.20, which placed her 19th overall in the 220-strong field.

The former Keswick rugby player was competing in only her second triathlon, having taking up the sport in April as a way of getting fit when she returned from travelling in Australia.

“I just needed something to aim for and thought triathlon was a good way forward. I really got into cycling and I was sixth in the Braithwaite triathlon earlier in the year,” said Hannah, who does not belong to a club and trains on her own.

“My strength is biking and my swimming is terrible I was 8th coming out of the swim,” said the22-year-old, who works as a self-employed gardener in Greystoke and often cycles to work.

“The Buttermere Triathlon was tough, but it was an enjoyable course. The run was fun, as it was trails so you are always thinking of where you are putting your feet!” she said.