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British Sprint Tri Champs report
Posted by: Editor
Posted on: Monday 19th May 2014


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BTF Sprint Distance Champs come to Dorney

Something has been missing at Human Race HQ. Something we've been pining for since last September. Sure, this year we've had a few off-road runs and duathlons, a couple of sportives, but there was certainly a void present. However on Saturday our prayers were answered, our thirst quenched:

Human Race triathlons were back at Dorney Lake!

And so it was that on the spectacularly glorious 17th May that we set up for the first (but certainly not the last), multi-sport bonanza at the fantastic venue that was scene to so many memories from the 2012 Olympics.

It was only a hardened few who witnessed the sunrise at Eton at about 5.30am. But what a sunrise it was. The rays danced across the lake as a gentle ripple pulsed through the water. It was going to be a good day.

The usual curtain raiser to the Human Race triathlon calendar, the Eton Super Sprints, had a prestigious twist this year, as we were chosen to host the British Triathlon Federation Sprint Championships for the first time. There was certainly a heightened sense of anticipation in the event village before the first wave swam off at 8.40, and a competitive buzz cursed through the competitors.

Speaking of the event village, it is worth mentioning the atmosphere created by a number of partners who came down for the day and contributed fantastically. As usual, the Oat Hut were set up early to fuel competitors before their races and re-energise them after. Vita Coco were on the finish line refreshing those on what turned out to an unseasonably warm day, and a few may not have made it the full way round had they not received handy PowerBar gels before racing.

Lifeventure displayed an interesting array of travel accessories next to a Garmin tent supplying watches for competitors to hire; the perfect way to try before you buy. blueseventy and Wiggle had their custom display of products on display and the British Triathlon Trust had a keen interest from those wanting to find out about their fantastic work. For those looking to improve their times RG Active also ran a training course on the far side of the lake. A lot going on!

Well, now to the business end. As wave after wave set off the question on everyone's lips was, who would come out on top? The 750m swim, 21.2km bike and 5km run looked set to be challenging but fast, and for the first time there were competitors in the Women's 75-59 category, showing how far-reaching a sport triathlon truly is.

Men's category:

75-79 Age Group:

1st: Peter Norman
2nd: John Flynn
3rd: Michael Cowin

70-74 Age Group:

1st: Selwyn Parker
2nd: Vernon Thomas
3rd: John Bacon

65-69 Age Group:

1st: Ted Hamilton
2nd: Ken Treadwell
3rd: Harvey Hughes

60-64 Age Group:

1st: Nigel Gates
2nd: Michael Dunne
3rd: James Hoadley

55-59 Age Group:

1st: Kevn Partridge
2nd: Antony Brown
3rd: Jez Smedley

50-54 Age Group:

1st: Austin Swain
2nd: Robert Herring
3rd: Mark Eden

45-49 Age Group:

1st: Steve Mckeown
2nd: Andrew Shipton
3rd: Jonny Rawlings

40-44 Age Group:

1st: Chris Stuart
2nd: Glyn Painter
3rd: Noel Sutton

35-39 Age Group:

1st: Iain Robertson
2nd: Jonny Mclean
3rd: Garry Walker

30-34 Age Group:

1st: Paul Ryman
2nd: David Bartlett
3rd: David Risebrow

25-29 Age Group:

1st: Neil Eddy
2nd: Alex Lawton
3rd: Edward Castro

20-24 Age Group:

1st: Luke Pollard
2nd: Michael Birchmore
3rd: Michael Lavender

Junior 19 Age Group:

1st: Daniel Guerrero
2nd: Matthew Burt
3rd: Tristan Gee

Junior 17-18 Age Group:

1st: Joshua Jones
2nd: Matthew Davison
3rd: Josh Boon

Youth Age Group:

1st: Sam Cotterill
2nd: Samuel Mileham
3rd: Matthew Bailey

Overall:

1st: Neil Eddy
2nd: Paul Ryman
3rd: Luke Pollard

Women's Category

75-79 Age Group:

1st: Daphne Belt
2nd: Mary Anstey

65-69 Age Group:

1st: Barbara Walton
2nd: Elaine Scott
3rd: Helen Hayes

60-64 Age Group:

1st: Wendy Read
2nd: Alison Vessey
3rd: Lesley Kernaghan

55-59 Age Group:

1st: Jane Bell
2nd: Beverley Childs
3rd: Marie Kille

50-54 Age Group:

1st: Juliet Vickery
2nd: Sharon Hill
3rd: Claire Bloom

45-49 Age Group:

1st: Maria Powell
2nd: Jacqui Phillips
3rd: Catherine Linney

40-44 Age Group:

1st: Sophie Whitworth
2nd: Lena Poulton
3rd: Celia Miall

35-39 Age Group:

1st: Gayle Vickers
2nd: Helen Nicholls
3rd: Sally Baldwin

30-34 Age Group:

1st: Rachel Hallam
2nd: Sarah Lewis
3rd: Alice Nicholas

25-29 Age Group:

1st: Hazel Smith
2nd: Suzanne Robinson
3rd: Rachel Wilmott

20-24 Age Group:

1st: Hannah Lord
2nd: Christie Jones
3rd: Rebecca Gravell

Junior 19 Age Group:

1st: Lauren York
2nd: Ella Dobson
3rd: Elle Twentyman

Junior 17-18 Age Group:

1st: Katherine Curran
2nd: Rose Lindsay
3rd: Whitney Larkin

Youth Age Group:

1st: Anna Hulme
2nd: Emma Hatchett
3rd: Kelly Brick

Overall:

1st: Rachel Hallam
2nd: Hazel Smith
3rd: Sarah Lewis

There should be a massive congratulations to everyone who took part, and those who came along on the day to support. The event village was awash with a few tired (and sunkissed) looking faces come the afternoon, but as the crowds dispersed and the sun began to gradually shine lower in the sky there was a sense of satisfaction left lingering at Dorney Lake.

It was good to be back.


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