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Lezyne Steyning Triathlon report
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Posted on: Wednesday 7th May 2014


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Mick Dicker from Raw Energy Pursuits (www.rawenergypursuits.co.uk) checks in from what turned out to be a course record-breaking day at the Lezyne Steyning Triathlon on Sunday.


Lezyne Steyning Triathlon
Sunday 4th May 2014 – Steyning, West Sussex

The appearance of blue skies and sun welcomed athletes to the West Sussex market town of Steyning.

Gary Brind from Southdowns Bikes went one better than last year and took the title in the Standard race (800/35/8), with a time of 1:36:47. Brind was untouchable on the bike and was over four minutes clear of second place William Collins from Guildford. Brind is now aiming for Ironman Germany following his victory last week at the Haywards Heath Triathlon. Third place went to Mark Furth from Team THE in 1:41:19.

Mary Campbell (Chichester Westgate Tri Club) was dominant and was a clear winner for her second successive victory at Steyning. Tuff Fitty Veteran Nicole Patterson-Lett led the charge and was second overall with Brighton Tri Club's Rachel Perry third in 2:02:38. Leanne Garner (Brighton Tri Club) was first Vet as was Simon Turk from Steyning AC.

Karen Wigmore from Amphibians Tri Club and repeat winner Malcolm Hughes from Brighton Phoenix added more trophies to their cabinet in the Supervet category.

Not to be outdone, the Physio, Fitness & Wellbeing Team took the relay race by storm and set a new Standard course record of 1:32:50. The trio of Nick Finch, Andy Robinson and Max Dumbrill were a class act.

Physio, Fitness  & Wellbeing  Team

Having set a new course record last year in the Sprint race (400/20/5), Dave Risebrow from Team TCUK was back in form and annihilated the opposition to break his own course record by 1½ minutes. Risebrow’s lead was built on the cycle leg where he gained over two minutes from his nearest rival. Despite an early season injury he posted the fastest run split to win in 50.43. Wes Mechen from Brighton Phoenix was second in 54.11, just one second faster than last year’s third place finisher Harry Leleu from Chichester Westgate Tri.

Honours also went to last year’s female winner from Horsham; Team THE’s Rachel Willmott. Looks like Willmott has been working hard over the winter as she improved on last years’ time by 4½ min. Brighton Multisports Sally Baldwin took second in 1:00:49 and fresh from her victory in the 10 mile Bluebell trail last weekend, Horsham Amphibians Tri Club's Amy Harris took third in 1:02:44. It was business as usual for the Vets as Paul Blackmore (Team THE) repeated his victory of 2013 and Colin Chambers from Mid Sussex Tri Club won the Supervet category. Tuff Fitty’s Micaela Floyd was first Vet and Ali Eaton from Bodyworks XTC won the Supervets.

Zachary Langhorne and Sarah McNally were the Junior champions.

The Steyning Triathlon was originally held 15 years ago as a fundraising benefit to Horsham triathlete Dave Harmer who became paralysed after a serious car accident. Dave attended the event for the first time this year to support his daughter Katie who finished her first triathlon.

Raw Energy Pursuits’ next event is the Arundel Lido Triathlon on Sunday 25th May 2014.

www.rawenergypursuits.co.uk


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