Dynamic Metals Director Alex Bailey and his close friend Phil Vale, owner of Franklin Vale Property Services, recently took part in the Outlaw Half Triathlon at the National Water Sports Centre in Nottingham. This incredibly challenging race is universally known as a 70.3 triathlon and comprises of a 1.2 mile swim, a 56 mile bike ride and finally, a 13.1 mile run. Both of our boys maintain a very high level of fitness in their day to day lives but decided to step up their training prior to the event in order to realise their full potential on the day and aim to achieve their personal best.
Following on from the previous charity events that Dynamic Metals have participated in and supported this year, Alex and Phil made the decision to also raise much needed funds for Cancer Research UK, a cause very dear to their hearts and indeed to many of our employees at Dynamic Metals.
Thankfully on the morning of race day, the contenders were rewarded with amazing conditions that were almost perfect. Following on from a breathtaking sunrise, early rain had given way to beautiful clear blue skies with sunshine and the roads had dried off enough to make the bike course fast and grippy.
After battling with illness throughout the race, unfortunately Phil was forced to pull out of the event after he had successfully managed to complete the bike leg. Having felt incredibly sick from the moment he had woken up, he had put his suffering down to pre-race nerves. However, things took a far serious turn and he actually finished his day with a trip to A and E. Sadly for Phil this race simply wasn’t meant to be but we have absolutely no doubt that he will be back to participate in another very soon!
Two huge positives that Phil took home with him were the fact that he had managed to storm through the swim and beat his best friend Alex out of the water by over two minutes, a challenge he had set himself. Another was that he also managed to get through the bike leg well within the time he had aimed for which, given the fact that he was so unbelievably ill, was nothing short of a super human and undeniably gallant effort.
Alex’s race went perfectly to plan and despite swimming in a completely different stroke to the previous year’s Outlaw triathlon, he managed to take four minutes off his time during the swim leg. The bike leg could not have gone any better as Alex said himself after the race, “The bike leg was fast, I felt comfortable on the bike and managed to shave sixteen minutes off my time from last year – which considering I’m riding exactly the same bike, tells me that I have managed to push the training harder”.
The run was definitely the toughest of all three legs due to it being the final hurdle and with the weather having warmed up considerably, the sun’s rays were beating down on the already fatigued race-goers. Neither Alex or Phil had previously had the opportunity to train in any heat or sunshine up till race day therefore the glorious weather presented yet another obstacle to overcome. Alex managed to dig in deep and put on a herculean display of endurance and managed to achieve something that he had never thought was within the realms of possibility – a sub six hour half distance triathlon. This has been a long-lived pipe dream for him and with his finish time recorded at five hours, 57 minutes and 22 seconds, it was over 23 minutes faster than he completed the event in last year.
We are immensely proud of both Alex and Phil for the relentless hours of training they put in for the race and for their amazing efforts on the day. A significant and very worthy amount of money and awareness was raised for Cancer Research UK and both of our guys can take with them a momentous achievement.