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Newbiggin Sprint Tri 2013 report
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Posted on: Tuesday 3rd September 2013

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Sunday's Newbiggin Sprint Triathlon from VO2 Max Racing Events was the third and final qualifier for the 2014 ETU Sprint Triathlon European Championships in Kitzbühel, Austria. Gary Wright reports from the event.


What a great days racing once again at the Bay, the women's field had pre-race favourite Emma Holt win by a clear margin of five minutes contrasting a very tight finish of just 35 seconds separating the men's top four.

The beach start swim to the Couple on the breakwater 260m out in the bay saw the fastest swim and into T1 by Owen Mitchell closely followed by junior Sean Wylie (OneLife Racing) who were closely followed by a large pack that didn't include the eventual top three (so there is hope for us non-swimmers after-all). Rosie Lindsay led the female wave out the water by almost 20 seconds.

Onto the three lap bike leg, a favourite due to close proximity of racers and spectators around the closed roads in the town centre, saw the eventual top five put the pressure on the field, with Steve Anyon (One Triathlon RDS) posting the fastest split of 34:41 with Garry Walker (Coalfields RT) 25 seconds later into T2 and both chasing down David Powell just a handful of seconds ahead on the run.  Elliot Gowland's (Coalfields RT) bike leg saw him move swiftly through the field and on to take first vet by two minutes. Once again it was Walker's run speed (18:33) along the promenade cheered on by large crowds saw the catch of both men in front to take the win. Third place was incredibly close, Paul Brown (Godley Cycles) was 38 seconds down out of T2 and a few more meters would have seen him pass Jonathan Watts who just held on to take the final podium spot.

Back to the women's race and whilst Holt was out in front by 2:25 leaving T2 and eventually running out a comfortable winner, the bike leg saw Emma Frost (Ryton Tri) and Joyce Marks (Tweed Tri) move through the field and onto the run in second and third respectively. Despite making up 2:42 on Marks, it was not enough for Kelly Weall (Bike Science) to take a podium place.

Well done to everyone who finished, those completing their first triathlon and best wishes for those who qualified for  Kitzbühel.      

Female overall:

1 Emma Holt 1:10:30
2 Gemma Frost 1:15:32
3 Joyce Mark 1:16:36
4 Kelly Weall 1:16:44
5 Faith Cripps 1:16:48

Male overall:

1 Garry Walker 1:06:05
2 Steven Anyon 1:06:22
3 Jonathan Watts 1:06:38
4 Paul Brown 1:06:40
5 Joel Enoch 1:07:03

Men's podium

The photos are now available online at and our thanks to Rob for some great shots.

The event team wish you all the best for the rest of the year and hope to see you in the spring, starting with the Morpeth Duathlon on 6th April, which has beginner, sprint and standard races. The event and course is superb and you'll definitely have a great day and start to your 2014 season.

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