The Blenheim Teddies Martyrs Triathlon
Maths Teacher and Honorary OSE Secretary, John Wiggins, reports on the action from the Teddies Martyrs Triathlon at the end of Half Term:
The St Edward’s teaching staff and OSE combined to put out nine relay teams and five individuals for the 2019 Bloodwise Blenheim Triathlon on Sunday 2nd June. Impressively, three of the teams finished in the top ten. OSE, Rory Jordan, set up a top team of contemporaries with Chris Forsythe and Nigel McGleave (formerly, Munoz) but then had to pull put, drafting in Alex Newton for the running element to finish an impressive fourth in 1 Hour and 16 minutes. Eight placed were Team Kendall (OSE, Alex Cavill, Kendall AHM, Tom Holdsworth and the Bursar’s ‘Son-in-law’, Harry Bulbeck) completing the three disciplines in 78 minutes. Another full OSE team was only two minutes behind them in 10th place comprising Jamie Fraser, Alex Smith and George Creed with two more teams in the top twenty.
Of the individual swim-bike-runners, Head of Religious Studies, Phillip Mallaband, completed the three disciplines in an impressive 88 minutes. Youth defeated experience with father and son, John and Alex Wiggins (OSE) both in their first “and last” triathlons finishing within five minutes of one another and well within their target times.
The whole team was resplendent in bespoke t-shirts from OSE, Alex Walker’s Indigo Clothing company. Catering by the school’s tireless Catering Department kept everyone nourished in the Teddies Marquee managed by David Smart from the OSE Office from where Emma Grounds had done much of the planning. There is huge enthusiasm for a return next year. Moving images were captured by OSE Ned Stewart while the stills were taken by another OSE, Hamish Roots. A full gallery of Hamish’s photographs can be viewed here.