Triathletes on top form
Dunmow Tri Club were in impressive form at the biggest triathlon in the world last weekend at the Excel Centre, London Docklands. The sprint event (750m swim, 21km bike, 5.2km run) was on Saturday and the Olympic event (1500m swim, 38km bike, 9.8km run)
Dunmow Tri Club were in impressive form at the biggest triathlon in the world last weekend at the Excel Centre, London Docklands.
The sprint event (750m swim, 21km bike, 5.2km run) was on Saturday and the Olympic event (1500m swim, 38km bike, 9.8km run) on Sunday.
The open water swims went off in waves of between 200 and 400 competitors, with canoes providing support. Triathletes then ran into the enormous transition area to collect their bikes for the cycle leg of the event. Bikes were later re-racked prior to competitors beginning the final discipline - the run.
In the sprint distance, James Blair came 37th in 1hr 23min, while Mel Vincent achieved 1hr 22min.
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In Sunday's Olympic event, Darren Thomas came 10th in his age group in 2hr 16min, Keith Taylor came 75th in 2hr 22min, while Matt Prier came 122nd out of 900 in 2hr 25min in the men's open event.
Ian Aldridge completed in 2hr 42min, whilst Adam French achieved 2hr 47min, with Phil Elms finishing in 2hr 51min.
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Of the two ladies who competed, this was Louise Poulton's first Olympic event, which she finished in 2hr 54min, coming 37th in her age group and Lindsay Hellier came 42nd in her age group in 2hr 30min - an eight minute improvement on last year.
- Walden Tri members also put in some good performances at the event.
Clare Parry came second in her age group in 2hr 30min 11sec while Tracey Kettridge came 10th in her age group in 2hr 26min 29sec.
Greg Lewis was 15th in his age group in 2hr 14min 01sec, Phil Doel was 36th in age group in 2hr 19min 51sec, while Darren Hickey finished 84th in his age group in 2hr 28min 16sec.