Southorn goes for the Warrior approach at Blenheim

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Welland Valley Triathlon Club’s Kate Southorn completed a remarkable challenge at the Blenheim Palace Triathlon.

Southorn joined 7,000 other triathletes – including London Olympic gold medalist Alistair Brownlee – racing over a sprint course consisting of a 750m swim in the beautiful lake, a 19.8km bike ride on closed roads through the 
park and a 5.4km run around the grounds to Blenheim Palace.

However, rather than simply race once, Southorn spent her birthday weekend as a ‘Weekend Warrior’.

This is a unique challenge where only 25 athletes from the whole field complete as many triathlons as possible back-to-back over the two days.

Southorn was successful in completing six in total, clocking her fastest in a time of 1 hour 34 minutes.

Southorn said: “It was an amazing experience, but mentally really hard having to start over again each time.

“It was especially difficult to keep putting a wet wetsuit back on!”

WVTri’s Liz McIndoe also competed in the Sprint Triathlon event with a time of 1:50:34.

Also challenging themselves were WVTri athletes competing in the Gran Fondo Tour of Cambridge cycle sport event.

Close to 9,000 cyclists entered the 80.2-mile mass participation event on fully closed roads throughout Cambridgeshire.

First home for WVTri was Richard Morson with a time of 4:07:16, followed by Stuart Warren (4:13:10) and Emma Bush (6:19:51).