Mark Deacon, known as Coach to fellow Looe Pioneers, came back from a year long injury to compete and dominate in the Plymouth triathlon, which took place earlier this month. The Triathlon pushes athletes, and incorporates a 1500M swim, in the case in open water, 40K bike ride then a 10K run.
The swim started from Mountbatten, taking the athletes into open water. Mark completed the 1500M swim in an impressive 31.30.
The bike ride starts at Mountbatten, takes the athletes along Church Hill Road then Hooe Road. Athletes then carry on to the outskirts of Plymstock, to Elburton Village, on to the Elburton Road. Riding on to Brixton, turning around just before Yealmpton. Here the athletes return to Elburton Village, this time turning and riding towards Staddicombe before rejoining the road on Hoe Road. For athletes, like Mark who took part in the Standard Triathlon and therefore longer triathlon, they have the pleasure of doing the bike ride twice to make the distance. Mark completed the bike ride in 1:41:50.
The final element of the triathlon was for the athletes to complete a 10K run. For most of the run, the athletes keep close to the water's edge. From Mountbatten athletes run along Lawrence road then return to the water's edge, along to Hooe park, from here the run across to Jennycliff round Fort Stamford back to Mountbatten. Then repeat the reverse of the loop and head back to Mountbatten for a well earned rest. Mark completed the run segment of the triathlon in 49:57.
Overall Mark Deacon came first in his age category, after a year of suffering injuries, this is an excellent way for him to enter the season.