The Vitruvian 2015 – Race Report


Saturday 29th August saw the 13th edition of the Vitruvian Triathlon, and the award-winning middle-distance race was blessed with the best of the weather from an otherwise soggy bank holiday weekend. 


In warm temperatures and bright sunshine it was an early start as always for the 800 entrants, with waves starting from 6:15am to begin the the 1.9km lake swim. Swimmers completed two 950m laps, broken up by a brief exit from the water and a 25m run back into the jetty to complete the swim course. 

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The 85km 2-lap bike course had some nasty surprises packed in, including a huge, lung-busting climb halfway into each lap – however warm sunshine ensured the route was well-spectated and dry throughout.

At the front of the race, Ben Terry of RAF Triathlon was first into T2, after putting in the second-fastest swim split of the day and one of the fastest bike legs (2hrs 14mins). Terry’s lead was to be short-lived on the run course, as Richard Ebbage, who had initially clawed back significant time by putting in the fastest bike split of the day (2hrs 11mins) also ran a blistering 1:17:35 half-marathon to win in a time of 4:02:21. Daniel Sims was 2nd with a time of 4:10:01 and Terry held on for 3rd with a time of 4:11:30. 

In the women’s race Kelly Murphy was victorious in a time of 4:35:55, and also put in a monster bike leg to give herself a comfortable lead for the remainder of the race. 50-year-old Melissa Dowell also put in a stunning performance to finish 2nd female overall in 4:40:28.