As the summer heatwave sets in, we are firmly into the triathlon racing season. Glass and Stainless sponsored athlete Jack Schofield has been putting all that winter training into action and has entered several races in preparation for the ITU Long Distance World Championships in July. Here’s a quick update of how he’s got on.
As you may recall, Jack started the 2018 season with the Manchester Marathon, posting a PB of 2:42:29. With such an impressive time, he has automatically qualified for a guaranteed championship spot at the London Marathon in 2019. Prior to the marathon, Jack underwent 2 weeks of cruelling training at a camp in Mallorca.
Next up was the picturesque Storm the Castle Duathlon at Ludlow Castle. A runner-up in last year’s race, Jack absolutely smashed it this year and placed first with a time of 1:59:41. 375 athletes took part in the 10km run, 33km bike ride and a final 5km finish which finished in the gorgeous castle grounds. The last stage featured the infamous ‘Lactic Ladder’ set of stairs to really test the competitors.
To further test the legs, Jack also took part in a Cheshire Points Series 50 mile time trial, finishing 6th overall. During that bike ride, Jack achieved a lifetime best in power output at 325W for 1:52:10.
Starting The Triathlons
Jack’s first triathlon of the 2018 season was a sprint distance race in Wilmslow on the 20th May. This triathlon consisted of a 400m swim, 24.2km and a 6.3km run. Going in, Jack had his sights set on a sub 1 hour 10 minutes finish. Not only did he finish the race in 1:08:54 (06:43 swim, 37:48 cycle, 22:19 run), Jack also crossed the line first overall.
From there, Jack had planned to compete in the Staffordshire Ironman 70.3 on the 10th June, but unfortunately injury forced him to pull out. As a half ironman, this would have consisted of a 1.9km swim, 90km bike ride and 21.2km run. Sadly, Jack was also forced to pull out of another 70.3 event at Cholmondeley Castle on the 24th June.
Looking to the future, Jack will soon compete at the ITU Long Distance World Championships in Fyn, Denmark. The first major race of the year, it will provide a good indication of how he is performing against some of his main competitors.
Glass and Stainless are incredibly proud to support such an inspiring and motivated local Cheshire athlete. If you would like to learn more about Jack or see what else he’s been up to, head on over to his blog!