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Fran Bungay: BustinSkin Middle win
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Posted on: Wednesday 13th July 2011

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Having heard from the men's winner of the BustinSkin Middle Distance Triathlon Karl Alexander on Monday, ladies winner Fran Bungay (TriPurbeck) got in touch with us, and has kindly put together a report from her perspective too of what sounds like a potential classic in the making - but not one for those looking for an easy race!

Bustinskin Middle - The Ladies Perspective

If you have read Karl Alexander's report on the Bustinskin Middle you might be forgiven for thinking there were no ladies in it! Having said that, his description of the race organisation and surroundings are spot on - fantastic venue, a race team that leaves nothing to chance and the added element of Mark's unpredictable and highly entertaining commentary. Oh, and the goody bag and prizes are great too... more on that later.

Starting out from the front of the National Sailing Academy at 6.30am, the conditions were ideal with Chesil Bank providing the shelter from what wind there was resulting in completely flat water. Lucy Bowen from Thames Turbo was out of the water first with me, Sam Whiting and Amanda Bayley all roughly four minutes down.

The bike starts off with 500m of flat time trialling along the causeway towards Portland. Don't let that fool you... you won't spend that much time on your tri bars in this event. As you head onto the island the bike leg takes you up the Verne Hill, somewhat reminiscent of the side of my house. Then it's down to Portland Bill Lighthouse and back before heading across the causeway and out into the Dorset countryside. I caught Lucy just before we arrived in Portesham and with Sam Whiting putting in a strong bike leg, it was cat-and-mouse all the way around the rest of this stunning but very hilly bike course.

Lucy and I arrived in T2 together with Sam just a few seconds behind and as we ran out onto the run course Lucy came flying past me. But this is no ordinary run and involves steep cliff paths and rocky terrain with the added bonus of some amazing scenery. And if I thought the Verne Hill was steep, that was before I came across 'Heart Attack Hill' as dubbed by Mark from Bustinskin. Fortunately for me, Lucy also thought it was steep and I managed to run/walk/climb/crawl my way back into the lead by the time we reached the summit.... yes I chose that word deliberately.

The off road training in preparation for Alpe D'Huez clearly paid off from then on and by the time we finished there was 15 minutes between the first three ladies with Lucy finishing second and Sam third.

Mark from Bustinskin rightly points out that the real prize in this event is the race itself - it is a superb event. But the winners also received an Aquasphere wetsuit or equivalent - a top prize. Thanks to Mark and his team and all the spectators - I will certainly be back next year.

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