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Mad Hatters tackle Biathlon

By Gareth Rowett 7th June 2017

Mad Hatters tackle Biathlon

IT WAS the perfect blue sky sunshine start to the day when the team arrived at 8am to begin the set up of the inaugural Mad Hatter Sports Events Polkerris Biathlon.

But in true Cornish style the big bad westerly wind woke up and blew into Polkerris making sea conditions a little bumpy for the 12.30pm start which began with a 1.5km swim.

Saying that the 70 competitors who started threw themselves in to the grey lumpy sea and just got on with it.

Some made little work of the conditions while others found it more of a challenge but safe to say everyone completed the swim.

Local athlete Mike Parsons was the first person out of the water hotly followed by Exeter-based Joe Osborne.

Both struggled in the simple beach transition conditions to get their wetsuits off and their trainers on for the testing 6km out and back coastal path run to Gribbin Tower.

Mike was first out of transition and on to tackle the zig-zag 'quad burning' climb up to stunning sea and countryside views this run section offers.

The course was made slippery and demanding due to squalls of driving rain and windy conditions but did nothing to dampen the grit and commitment each and everyone was showing out on the course.

After 53 minutes of hard full on racing it was Mike who appeared from the shady steps still in first place, a full minute ahead of Joe in second and Gareth Greaves another two minutes behind in third overall.

After completing the biathlon Mike said: “You broke me, he said. That's the first time I've walked whilst running.”

The top three female placing was again very close with minutes just separating them.

Rebecca Mingo came in as first female and 13th overall, with Mike’s wife Faye coming in second, a good at the office for the Parsons.

Rhianne Sampson was four minutes behind to finish as third female completing the top prize spots.

One of the race organisers John Wisner from Mad Hatter Sports said: “Everyone completed the event and one which we hope will become a regular fixture at Polkerris.

“The Mad Hatters would like to personally thank all the team behind the scenes especially the marshals for braving the weather on the run section.

“The continued support from sponsors and Polkerris Beach Company for allowing them to host the event.”

Next up is the Castle Triathlon on July.

Don't miss out on this iconic sprint distance event with exclusive race access in and around the Caerhays Castle estate.

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By Gareth Rowett 7th June 2017

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