Team Intrinsic’s Matt Cox has successfully defended his 2017 second place overall at the ‘stunning and savage’ Croyde Ocean Triathlon. Despite the weekend’s blistering heatwave, Matt completed the Olympic distance course in 2:32:07 to achieve another category top two ranking.
The Olympic distance event is one of 220 Triathlon’s “Top 21 must-do” UK triathlons and takes in some of the south west’s most stunning scenery. “Croyde Ocean Triathlon is billed by organisers as ‘not for the faint-hearted’ and it never fails to deliver – this year was no exception,” commented an elated Cox. “Crystal clear waters, hills, sun and more hills, it certainly lived up to its ‘stunning and savage’ tag line today and took everything I had. Given the energy-sapping conditions I am made up with another podium finish behind elite triathlete and local lifeguard Jack Hutchens.”
It was a tough day out too for Matt’s brother and Team Intrinsic guest athlete Jon Cox: he suffered a blowout on the bike within 1km of the final transition and searing heat on the run. Nevertheless, Jon showed true Team Intrinsic mettle and crossed the finish line in 3:48:48.2.
Meanwhile, some 240 miles away on the ‘Sunshine Coast’, Chris Roberts, MD of Intrinsic Facilities Engineering completed the Eastbourne 10k in 46:46.72 to finish 4th in category (50-59) and 36th overall as he continues to prepare for Ironman Barcelona in October. “It was a scorching day on Eastbourne seafront, but it always gives me a buzz to support Intrinsic’s ‘home’ events, especially when it’s to help raise money for a local good cause, on this occasion Autism Sussex.”
- Team Intrinsic represents the combined interests of Intrinsic Facilities Engineering and Intrinsic Facilities Management.
- Chris Roberts, Intrinsic MD will compete in Ironman Barcelona on 7th October 2018
- Eastbourne 10k 2018 – course details – flat and fast seafront run in aid of Autism Sussex
- Croyde Ocean Triathlon 2018 – course details
- Swim (1.5km) Ocean swim along Putsborough beach with steep uphill run into transition
- Bike (40km) Out and back tarmac course with 584m elevation
- Run (12km) Demanding, hilly and 2km longer than standard Olympic distance to include a beach run along Croyde surfing beach and classic headlands overlooking Putsborough, Saunton and Croyde bays
- Headline sponsor: The Pickwell Foundation, supporting charities working with displaced people and those combating climate change
- Charity partners: Children’s Hospice South, West Surfers Against Sewage, Friends of the Earth
Team Intrinsic Race Statistics – Croyde Ocean Triathlon, 8th July 2018
Matt Cox (senior 20-39 age group) – 2:32:07 (O/Pos 2, Cat Pos 2)
Swim 00:26:26.3 ; Swim to T1 00:02:25.5 : T1 00:01:01.1 ; Cycle 01:10:02.3 ; T2 00:00:37.6 ; Run 00:51:34.0
Jon Cox (senior 20-39 age group) – 3:48:48.2 (O/Pos 234, Cat Pos 83)
Swim 00:37:29.1 ; Swim to T1 00:03:39.9 ; T1 00:01:56.7 ; Cycle 01:34:42.5 ; T2 00:00:53.0 : Run 01:30:06.7
Team Intrinsic Race Statistics – Eastbourne 10k, 8th July 2018
Chris Roberts (50-59 age group) – 46:46.72 (O/Pos 36, Cat Pos 4)
Gallery - Team Intrinsic's defence of 2nd place is no sweat at Croyde Ocean Triathlon
Left to right in order: Croyde Ocean Tri - Team Intrinsic's Matt Cox crosses the line; Matt digs deep on the uphill (right of picture); Jon's blowout; Jon Cox approaches the finish; Matt Cox receives his medal; Matt Cox keeps his cool; Swim route; Bike route; Run route: Overall Results: Matt Cox race results; Jon Cox race results; Eastbourne 10k - Chris Roberts, Intrinsic Facilities Engineering MD approaches the finish; Chris Roberts race results