Ammareurs Race report

Travers takes comfortable win at Les Amarreurs


James Travers won a controlled race in the 2nd instalment of the Guernsey Triathlon Club’s Ana Leaf Summer Triathlon Series.  40 competitors lined up in windy conditions to tackle the choppy 800m swim, 13 mile bike and 4.75 mile cross country run.


The swim took competitors from Rousse pier across the bay to waiting bikes at Les Ammareurs Park from which the bike leg went out as far as Perelle Garage and then up along Le Mont Saint, the Dos D’An and via Gele Road before returning to transition along the West Coast.  The run took the form of the GIAAC’s Boxing Day “Full Course”, a technical 1 lap loop around L’Ancresse commons via the shooting range.


It was Island Games Triathlon Squad member Bob Guilbert who exited the water first in a time of 10 minutes 50 seconds, 25 seconds clear of second placed Travers.  Third out of the water was Martin Chapman in 11 minutes and 20 seconds. 


On to the bike Guilbert held the lead until Portinfer where Travers passed him and ultimately held onto the lead until the tape finishing in a time of 1:15:50.  Despite chasing Travers hard, Guilbert was overtaken on the run by Mat Dorrian who finished second in 1:17:27.  Guilbert was third in 1:18:00.


Travers’ said of his latest win, “The swim should have been a simple point to point swim across Le Grande Herve but the low sun made it very difficult sighting the pier at Les Amarreurs. This lead to a few extra metres on my swim however I was happy coming out just behind Bob and alongside Martin Chapman who are both strong in the water.


The roads were dry and clear but a strong head wind made the south bound leg tough but helped push me home on the return leg. The bike element is always my strongest and I took the lead at Port Soif and set about increasing it prior to the run.


The cross country element was a nice change compared to the traditional road running of triathlon; I built enough of a lead to allow myself to ease back slightly over the last 2km.  Overall I was happy with my performance as I continue to train towards the British Champs at the start of August and the World at the start of September”.


Guilbert was happy with a podium place having faced mechanical problems on the bike recently in the Jersey Triathlon, “The swim was a good course being point to point and having to deal with the pier and rocks but it was difficult to pick your line as there was a bit of chop and it was difficult to see where the pier was and therefore how wide to swim. 


I don’t think I judged it too well and went wider than I needed as a result. Onto the bike and it was a difficult ride down the coast as we were going into a strong head wind and James passed me by Portinfer. Once we turned at Perelle James was out of sight and the speed picked up as we had a tail wind which was good fun.


The run was a hard slog over the cross-country course and I knew that Mat (Dorian) and Alan (Rowe) would be running hard to catch me. Mat overtook me along L’Ancresse and I couldn’t stay with him as he went past”.


Rowe finished fourth, Jon Greenfield 5th and Chapman 6th.


In the women’s race, up and coming Amy Critchlow was first lady home in a depleted field.  Critchlow was first women into T1 and was not troubled en route to her first triathlon victory.   “I was pleased with a strong start in the swim and I found a good pace despite the lumpy swell which made sighting difficult.


I exited water 12th overall as I headed into T1. Cycling south towards Perelle was tough in the headwind; however I found a comfortable pace taking me to the steep climb at La Mont Saint. Once that was out of the way and heading north again I made the most of the tailwind to return to Les Amarreurs and into T2.


I tried to make the most of the swim and the bike as I knew my run was the weakest of the 3 disciplines. I was pleased with my run as it was a tricky.  Overall I was very pleased with the race being my first experience of the Les Amarreurs course”.


The next triathlon in the Ana Leaf Triathlon Summer Series takes place on 27 July at Vazon.  Full details can be found at


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