The original Tinman triathlon was held in Madeley in 1984 and ran successfully for 20 years – it is believed to have been one of the very first triathlons in the UK. In 2015 a team based at Wrekin College in Wellington decided to revive the race with sprint, super sprint and relay formats to encourage both new and experienced participants to take part.
It was probably during one of our many run track warmup chats that we decided to enter – Sarah because it was local to her home and Marilyn…well it was another piece of bling to add to the collection which could be shoehorned in to the only free Sunday in May and had the added advantage of holding a Junior Aquathlon race in the afternoon for Marilyn’s daughters to race in as well.
The day dawned “a bit damp” and everything was soaked through by the time transition was set up. The pool-based swim was enlivened by a deep-end exit which tested the strength left in the arm muscles and a long-ish (carpeted) run to transition. It was raining quite heavily by now so a good job we were already wet. The bike route was straightforward and easy to navigate and the run was on two fields – one of nicely-mown grass and the other a slightly testing cross country format which drained the small reserves of energy we had left.
Our report would not be complete without mentioning the vast selection of fabulous homemade cakes which were available – always the mark of an excellent event.
The day was very well organised and ran extremely smoothly, with friendly marshals and a fabulous medal at the end. Highly recommended – it would be great to see even more black and orange there next year!
Report by members Marilyn Hunt and Sarah Clues