Elite teams from the Army, Royal Navy and RAF battled through scorching weather to compete in the annual OA Inter-Services Triathlon at Cotswold Water Park yesterday
Competitors swam through 1.5 km of open water, cycled 41 km of tricky terrain and finished the course with a 10 km run. The high temperatures provided additional challenges.
Senior Aircraftman Luke Pollard, RAF, won the men’s race for a record four times in a row. Lieutenant Rosie Wild, Army, won both the women’s race and fastest female officer award, having never competed in the championship before. Lieutenant Henry Eaton, Army, retained the men’s fastest officer award, and came second overall.
Luke Pollard said: “It’s just as good as the first time and it’s always an enjoyable race.”
He plans to return next year and try winning for the fifth time. When asked if he can be beaten, he replied: “You can’t tell the future, but we’ll see.”
The Army dominated the team prizes, winning both male and female open races, and the male veterans’ race. The efforts of the women’s team included retired Olympic rowing champion, Major Heather Stanning OBE.
This year the Inter-Services triathlon celebrated its 30th anniversary, and to commemorate this special event, veterans participated. These ‘legends’ included people from the original championship. In addition, guest teams from the Police and Prison Service also competed.
The event is sponsored by the Officers’ Association (OA), and was organised this year by the Royal Navy Triathlon Association.
Lee Holloway, OA’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are delighted to sponsor this great Inter-Services sporting championship for a third year. Completing a triathlon requires high levels of physical fitness, mental determination and self-discipline. These are qualities that will support Service leavers when they make a successful transition into civilian life.”