LANCASTER Royal Grammar School triathlete Beau Smith put in a very strong performance in the North West Standard Distance Championships in Chester recently, recording the fastest swim, the second fastest run and the fourth fastest bike splits to win the race.
It was the first time he had raced over the Olympic distance of a 1500m swim, 40k bike and 10k run.
The swim was in the River Dee, 700m upstream and 800m back, and was Beau’s first time swimming in a river.
Luckily, there was no noticeable current, and he was able to put in a fast swim to put him into the lead going into first transition.
The 40k bike took him along Cheshire lanes and into North Wales, before returning to second transition, having extended his lead.
The 10k run went along both sides of the river, crossing the suspension bridge four times over two laps, and Beau put in a strong performance to win the race by four and a half minutes overall, finishing in a total time of 1 hour, 57 minutes and 24 seconds.
Following this, Beau was offered a starting place in the pro wave of the Liverpool Olympic distance triathlon, on June 26.
This gave him a chance to test himself against some elite athletes, including Stuart Hayes and Fraser Cartmell who are both international triathletes.
He swam strongly with these two, to enter first transition in third place.
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