Bank holiday Monday saw 5 exceptional pioneers take on the Dragon Triathlon at Bodmin. The 5 pioneers challenged themselves to the Big Dragon, consisting of a 400M swim that took place in Bodmin Leisure Centre followed by a 24K bike ride. The cyclist followed Lostwithiel Road from the leisure centre on to Treffry Lane, where they continue for just short of 12K which brings them to Cornwall Services. From here the cyclists turn back and add in an extra mini loop to ensure that they have completed the distance, and return along Treffry Lane and back to the Leisure centre. From here the athletes park their bikes and start the final segment of the day, which is a 5.6K run.
For the run the athletes head out of Island Lane, and turn Respryn Road, and take to the Lanhydrock woods, before turning and repeating this first section, then loop around Bodmin College Campus to the finish line.
Mark Deacon, who came in 16th overall, completed the swim in 7:59, the bike section in 46:24 and the run in 22:39. Nina Bond came back first for the Looe Pioneers females with an impressive swim of 9:49, completing the bike stage in 56:10 and the run in 33:12. Carol Beaver, a regular triathlete, finished the swim in 12:43, with the bike section taking 1:03:57, and completing the run in 38:40. Whereas for Kirstie Maywood this was her first triathlon, completing the swim in 14:07, followed by an impressive bike section 1:13:24, and super quick run 34:14. Julie Gregory finished her swim in14.44, then powered on to the bike section with a time of 1:27: 42 and ended with her run in 39:14.