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Tri Hard!

It’s not all about sailing… WYC and Canterbury Harriers team-up to lead field in returning local Oysterman Triathlon.
Whitstable’s now firm Triathlon favourite returned last weekend and provided the opportunity for the Yacht Club to join with Canterbury Harriers to take on all-comers in the Oysterman Team Relay event.  Luke Swain (WYC) led the team out with a fantastic sea swim in near-perfect conditions, but with a Covid-proofed staggered start that made placing on the course hard to track.  Neither Luke’s late-placed start - nor his previous day’s massive splosh around the Solent in Bournemouth’s two piers swim – delayed him in dispatching his 500m swim in a remarkable 7 minutes 47 seconds.  He handed over to Paul Moore (WYC and Harriers) to pick up pace on the bike leg, time-trialling the new 20K Herne/Greenhill course in 33 minutes 12 seconds.  On return to Tankerton Slopes, the baton handed on to Alex Horsley (Harriers) who gave his all – confidently reeling in remaining Relay Team runners on the 5K course, despite the staggered start, in just 19 minutes 44 seconds. 
With transitions, the combined WYC and Harriers team completed the course in 1 hour 03 minutes and 09 seconds – earning first place honours for both local clubs in the Team Relay by a clear 06 minutes!
Coming off the bike, Moore was heard to quote the redoubtable Dickie Ledger after his massive three-sail reach back from the Forts in the 2019 distance race …. ‘if they want to go faster than that then they’re welcome to it!’. 
Selection trials for next year’s team are planned to begin in January 2022.