7Oaks battle with the Vitruvian

Nick Anderton and I went to Rutland Water at the weekend to do battle with the Vitruvian. 

The middle distance course (1900m swim / 84 km bike and 21.1 km run) is very well organised, is held in a great location and has a very friendly atmosphere.
We were both in the same wave enjoying the lovely water, clear blue skies but a lot of weed in the lake!  After the two lap swim, it was no surprise to me to emerge from the water and find Nick had already gone from transition.
The bike course is a two lap rolling affair – the hills are not in the same league as some of our local ones but what they have are enough to make you work hard.
The run course is simply stunning.  Two out and back loops to the church around the lake crossing the dam supported by several aid stations manned by very supportive marshals.  Within the first km of the run I saw Nick returning to complete his first lap so I knew he was a long way ahead of me.
Nick’s Marmotte training had paid dividends for him resulting in a top half in AG placing whereas my woeful lack of cycling reminded me these races cannot be bluffed.  It was a great day but much longer than my last visit there.
Both of us enjoyed the race and would recommend it to anyone.  Entries open in the Autumn so get yourself on the mailing list (http://www.pacesetterevents.com/vitruvian-triathlon.php) to snag a place.
Results:
Nick: 42.30 swim; 2.57 T1; 2.43.09 bike; 1.31 T2; 2.02.23 run; 5.32.31 overall (49th/99 in AG; 436th / 765 overall)
Mike: 44.22 swim; 4.37 T1; 3.19.18 bike; 2.58 T2; 2.30.03 run; 6.41.19 overall (94th / 99 in AG; 722nd / 765 overall)