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Eton SuperSprints: Saturday report
Posted by: Editor
Posted on: Monday 21st May 2012


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(You can read the Eton SuperSprints Day Two (Sunday) report HERE)

Human Race's big season opener, The Eton SuperSprints, descended upon Dorney Lake for the first day of sprint action on Saturday 19th May. Nearly 900 competitors were pleasantly greeted with what appeared to be one of the driest days of our apparent drought.

The day kicked off with the popular and ever-growing Scootathlon, an event for children aged 4-8 years. Over 100 scootathletes stepped up to the start line and gave 110% effort as many experienced their first taste of a triathlon. The multi-sport stars of the future received roaring cheers as they crossed the finish line, generating a buzzing atmosphere for the action to come. The next Scootathlon of the four-event series continues Sunday 20th May on the second day of The SuperSprints.

Wetsuits were compulsory for the triathletes as they were tempted into waters measuring below 14 degrees for a 400m single lap swim. Upon dry land, competitors jumped onto their bikes for a four lap traffic- free, flat circuit around the outskirts of Dorney Lake. Due to the Olympic build, Human Race were forced to alter the bike route for the safety of competitors, slightly increasing the distance from 20km to 21.2 km. Finally, competitors switched cleats to running shoes for the 5km run home, back to the finish line.

The ‘Mates Wave' returned this year after its popularity in 2011 and sold out way ahead of the event. The wave included many races within a race allowing siblings, family members and friends to challenge each other, regardless of their age. In the Age Group waves overall winner for the men, and reaching the podium for a consecutive year, was Oilvier Pinchard (Ful-on Tri) from the 30-34 age group wave, finishing in 00:55:55. Pinchard also clocked the fasted swim leg of the day in 00:04:43. Second place was taken by Thomas Frost (35-39 age group) in a time of 00:58:09. Dan Williams (M25-29) crossed the finish line soon after clocking in at 00:58:24 and finishing third.

Taking the title for the women and making it a double win for Ful-on-Tri, Suzetta Guerrini in the 40-44 age group raced her way to victory in 01:04:47. After one of the fastest female T2 times Beverly Childs (RAF Triathlon) headed into the finish in second place (01:06:39). Suzanne Hedges for the 45-49 age group picked up the pace in the bike leg to secure an overall third place in a time of 1:07:18.

The Eton SuperSprints continues on Sunday 20th May for another day full of multi-sport excitement at Dorney Lake.


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