Jacqui Allen – XTERRA Danao Race Report

With temperatures up to a scorching 33°C , the XTERRA Danao triathlon was a grueling race on an unfamiliar course.

Jacqui Allen started the event coming out of the 1.5km swim in 7th place.

The next part of the course was a tiring 40km bike over rocky terrain, up punishing hill climbs, and through varied vegetation.  Usually bike sections are between 25-30km, but this one was an intense 40mk ride.  Combined with the intense heat and steep mountain climbs, this was a punishing course for the most seasoned of athletes.

Jacqui started the second section of the triathlon feeling weak, shivery, and unwell, but she didn’t want to give up.   Jacqui pushed herself to finish the section in 2 hours, 49 mins and 27 seconds.

She headed out into the run not feeling well and wondering if she would finish.  She passed out and  was taken to the medical tent and hooked up to an IV drip. Her husband, Ben Allen, said “It takes guts and a “never say die” attitude to go so deep your body just can’t cope & shuts down! Courageous effort!”.  They’re not sure 100% what the cause was, but she was well looked after and is doing well.

If she’s well enough, Jacqui will be competing in the XTERRA Malaysia Triathlon on the island of Langkawi, Kedah.  This course is a 1.5km swim, 30km cycle, and 11km run.  Last year was a great result for Jacqui and her now husband Ben, as they took 1st place each in their respective races.  The event takes place on 29th April.

Jacqui’s health and well being is the most important thing and we’re pleased to hear she’s doing well.

Pictures courtesy of Ben Allen.  Read all about Jacqui’s race on her blog.