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Arundel Triathlon report 2013
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Posted on: Tuesday 28th May 2013


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Mick Dicker from Raw Energy Pursuits (www.rawenergypursuits.co.uk) reports from the L Guess Jewellers Arundel Triathlon which took place on Sunday.


L Guess Jewellers Arundel Triathlon

Sunday 26th May 2013 – Arundel, West Sussex

One of those special mornings dawned at the Arundel Triathlon with perfect weather and the stunning setting on the banks of the River Arun with the castle as backdrop. The early start meant most competitors were back from the busy roads by 10:15 and able to relax around the Lido or in the historic town.

L Guess Jewellers Arundel Triathlon ©www.SussexSportPhotography.com

The Standard race (800/37/9) was the clash of the titans with five times Worthing Triathlon winner Colin Dixon, taking on last year's winner Peter Younghusband (Tri UK), Paul Ashley (Team Feat) and Chris Birch (East St Cycles). Despite Guy Schmidt (Loughborough Tri) setting the fastest swim (10:33), Dixon clocked the fastest bike (56:58) and the fastest run (35:28) to win by a minute from the fast finishing Ashley. The run included a testing climb to a trig point overlooking the Arun Valley. Dixon's overall time was 1:45:43. Charlotte Tubbs (Team Nagi) had a three minute lead after the swim, but a strong cycle and run leg by Anne Sydenham (Chichester Westgate Tri) was enough to take the win ahead of Tubbs and the quick running of third place finisher Jenny Philips from Petersfield Tri Club.

The Relay Triathlon was won by Swim-1st Tri Club (Lee Bassett, Grant Mansfield & Kenny Quinnell) in 2:07:50.

Favourite for the Sprint race (400/19/5) was Phil Melling from Huub TFN RT who picked up bronze at last year's National Triathlon Championships. Tuff Fitty's Dave Risebrow was looking to add the title following his course record at Steyning a couple of weeks earlier. Melling was untouchable though and set the fastest splits for each discipline to win in 55:20 and in doing so set a new course record that looks to stand for some time. Risebrow settled for second ahead of fast finishing new boy Andy Robinson from Horsham Amphibians Tri Club. Robinson looks set to make quite an impact following his move from the steeplechase. In the women's race Basingstoke's Susan Parker won in 1:06:56 and was an impressive 11th overall. Horsham's Rachel Willmott finished second in 1:08:49 for another podium position after her victory at Steyning two weeks earlier. Horsham Amphibians Tri Clubs Yvette Wrapson finished in 1:15:08 for THIRD place.

Raw Energy Pursuits next event is the ever popular Iron-distance swim with the option of a new 8km Arundel to Littlehampton swim on Saturday 8th June at midday.

L Guess Jewellers Arundel Triathlon ©www.SussexSportPhotography.com


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