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Worthing Triathlon report
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Posted on: Tuesday 14th August 2012

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RawEnergyPursuits race organiser Mick Dicker reports from a glorious day of racing by the sea in Worthing.

Athletes were treated to a rare occurrence of a cracking summer’s morning on the South Coast for the ninth running of the Worthing Triathlon. New for 2012 was the introduction of a sprint triathlon which proved popular especially after it was selected as a European qualifying race for Alanya in 2013.

The sprint race was the first to kick off with a 750m sea swim. The wind direction and strong current made conditions difficult with many athletes drifting off course. Clubmates Will Usher and Ian Thwaites from One Triathlon RDS set the pace and were out and into T1 in 10:17. Out onto the rolling bike course and flat promenade run the gaps closed and the first four men were all within a minute of each other with the eventual winner emerging as Gary Laybourne from SLH Tri Club (1:07:07) followed closely by Mark Hallissey and Ian Thwaites. Racing was just as tight in the women’s race with 46 seconds separating the top three. Megan Davies was the eventual winner in 1:18:16, with Katie Murray and Tri UK’s Helen Russell hot on her heels.

The standard race has for many years been a classic race, initially having been a mass start, but over the years developed into a Man v Woman format with the women given a head start based on the difference of the previous year’s winning male and female time. This year there was a 24 minutes head start for the girls with the first across the line winning a cash prime. The presence of late entrant and Ironwoman, Yvette Grice from Bodyworks XTC had almost guaranteed the women would crack the record held by Colin Dixon for the last five years. Grice made light work of the swim and posted the fastest time of the day with 18:15 for the 1.5km swim and was into the transition even before the men had entered the water. Triathlon legend Trace Harris from Brighton emerged from retirement again and set off in pursuit of the ladies. Despite Harris setting the fastest bike (1:02:57) for the 41km course and fastest run at 35:29 for 10km, Grice was home and dry and finally gave the women their first victory.

The Sussex town is a mecca for kite surfers but the green by the beach was taken over by athletes having breakfast of the barbie!

The Raw Energy Road Show moves onto the Vachery Triathlon on Sunday 26th August and includes a road triathlon (standard and sprint), Scott Xtri Series (standard and sprint) off-road triathlon and Big Swims 1.5km and 3km swim in the spring-fed lake of the Vachery Estate near Cranleigh in Surrey. Go to for more details.

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