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

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(You can read the Eton SuperSprints Day One (Saturday) report HERE)

Eton SuperSprints and Eton Sprint Distance - Auckland Qualifier Race Report

The action continued at Dorney Lake for the second day of the Eton SuperSprints with the additional event, The Eton Sprint Distance – Auckland Qualifier, attracting some hot competition as triathletes raced for a qualifying place in the World Championships.

The Scootathlon, shot the day off to a storming start with children as young as four racing a 390m circuit on their scooters before entering transition and switching to bikes. The final run leg was the decider of many positions but there were smiles all round as each of the Scootathletes crossed the finish line. The ‘mates wave’ followed the children’s event and included best friends Aimee Kimbell and Susan Vick who were not only completing their very first triathlon but had raised £1000 for the Eton SuperSprints official charity, Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research. “We had done plenty of training so went in confident but could not have done it without the support of each other and having such a great worth while cause to do our bit for. We are really excited to have completed a triathlon in the year of the London Olympics and at getting the chance to compete at one of the venues.”

As the qualifier got underway the tense atmosphere could be felt as the battle for the few places in each age group rested on their performance in hand. For the 20-24 males, Michael Parsons had a strong race clocking in at 1:01:14, while Emma-Lea Davis (Loughbourgh Triathlon RC) took the win for the women in 1:07:39. Next up saw the 25-29 age group with Sam Robinson winning by just three seconds in 1:01:34 and Laura Fidler finishing in 1:08:48 taking the matching title. In the 30-34 age group, the men’s race saw Paul Ryman (Frome Triathlon Club) recording 1:01:27, while Stacey Penn (Northants Tri Club) came home in 1:05:38 after consistent times in all disciplines. Top in the 35-39 age group category was Phil Holland (Team Corley Cycles- Blue- Willow Hospice) with the fastest overall time of the event in 0:59:51 and the only competitor in the Qualifier to clock in under the hour. Tanya Brightwell (White Oak Triathlon Club) scooped up first for the females in 1:10:07. For the 40-44 men David Murray (Pencoed Triathlon Club) took a strong lead in the swim finishing in an overall 1:02:34. For the women, Nici Cahusac (RG Active Race Team) clinched first place from team mate Rachel Bown finishing just seconds in front in a time of 1:10:01. Moving up to the 45-49 category, Richard Thomas (Stubbington Green Runners & AC) took gold with a time of 1:04:40 and Marsha El-Hage gave the RG Active Race Team their second win for the day 1:15.40. In the final age groups winners included Paul Jennings (Northants Tri Club) and Jane Bell (Oxford Tri) in the 50 – 54 age group, Richard Dunbabin (Oxford Tri) and Christine Shouksmith for the 55 – 59 year olds, 60-64 David Patten and Jane Leslie. With the older women absent from the competition, the men had full rein of the course with Paul Firmin taking the winning title for the 65-69 year olds. George Vargha (70-74) of Steyning Athletic Club, and Geoffrey Gearing (75-79) of Exeter Triathlon Club both had winning performances in their age groups. The Youth and Junior athletes put on a great show with Alex West (Bodyworks XTC Ltd) proving to be one to watch out for in the future, placing second overall and crossing the line in 1:00:55.

Returning to the action of The Eton SuperSprint, Mike Jubb 40-44, managed to snap up first place in 58:10, the fastest time of the whole day. Battling it out in a cat and mouse race were Mark Thompson and Rob Booth, both representing the 30 – 34 age group. Booth exited the swim first but Thompson’s power on the bike pulled him back, placing Booth into third. Both athletes gave a strong performance in the final leg with Thompson holding onto second place and crossing the line in 0:58:50, Booth following only 4 seconds behind finishing in 58:54.

In the women’s race positions were set in stone from the start with 25-29 age grouper Naomi Gayler (Clapham Chasers) clocking the fastest female swim of the day 5:42 and a respectable 1:07:37. West Country Triathletes picked up an overall second place with Victoria Boyer finishing just 1 minute behind Gayler in 1:08:29. Taking third place was Gretchen Bourdillon in a time of 1:10:17.

Human Race returns to Dorney Lake next weekend for the Dorney SuperSprints on Saturday 26th May.

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