Matt Hudson; Total Motion Events; 17th September 2016
The morning on Saturday 17th September at Tooting Bec Lido saw competitors line up for the second annual Ickle Pickles Tooting Aquathlon. Once again we had a fabulous group of aquathletes join us, ranging from seasoned multisport veterans all the way through to keen first timers.
After the heat of London earlier in the week, this morning was more autumnal as we gathered for a chilly 7:30am start. Participants entered the water individually in 10 second intervals at the start of the 450m swim, just 5 lengths of the iconic Tooting Lido. The temperature of the pool was significantly higher than the air temperature, making the swim a very pleasant one indeed, and the unusually wide lanes made overtaking easy, leading to exciting racing. Despite being number 2 into the water, Adrian Feasby emerged over a minute ahead of his nearest challenger in the men’s race, with Ilaria Ricci first in an out of the pool in the women’s competition.
Upon exiting the swim competitors transitioned and then headed out on the two lap run of Tooting Common. The stiff wind made for some tough uphill sections, but some fast down hills as runners sought to take back lost time over the first half off the race. Ultimately it was Adrian Feasby who held on to his lead with a solid showing on the run, holding off Francesco Masia who posted the only sub 20 minute run of the day. Sadly for Ilaria, she was unable to build on her swim, with Alexandra Bridge’s scintillating 5km, 2 minutes faster than any other woman, being enough to propel her to victory in the women’s race.
It was truly a great, event for an amazing charity. We do hope that all competitors thoroughly enjoyed the friendly competition, and we look forward to welcoming them back in 2017 for more Total Motion – Ickle Pickles aquathlon fun.