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OWS Aquathlon race 4 report 2014
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Posted on: Tuesday 15th July 2014


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OWS Aquathlon Race 4 – 12 July 2014

Saturday brought sunshine and perfect racing conditions for race 4 in the OpenWaterSwim.co.uk's Aquathlon race series held at Westhorpe Farm, Little Marlow. The Aquathlon, consisting of a 750m swim followed by a 5km run, brings together local athletes from 12 years old to 60 years young and novices to elites.

Race 4 took a fast pace from the gun, as regular podium finisher Michael Fabes pushed the swim leg in an attempt to get an early lead on the rest of the pack, especially swim course record holder Hannah Kitchen. Elite triathlete Kitchen however had other ideas, passing Fabes and managing to hold him off to exit first out the water in a new swim course record time of 10:21, four seconds quicker then her previous personal best. Michael benefited too from the rivalry in the water, exiting transition in a time of 10:27, 33 seconds faster then his previous PB.

Swim PBs weren't reserved for Hannah and Michael, with Kai Furnell-Brennan also posting a PB time of 10:53 - 29 seconds quicker then his previous race and placing him third out the water. Mel Brookes was 14 seconds quicker, placing eighth in a time of 13:27. Sarah Wenger also had a fantastic swim, knocking over one minute off her previous best swim time. And our youngest competitor, at 12 years of age, Mark Stringer also posted a swim PB with a time of 16:23 - seven seconds faster then his previous race.

Onto the run, Michael continued with the fast pace, catching Hannah early to take the lead however with the Shock Absorber elite women's triathlon to follow on Sunday, Hannah let Michael go and eased around the course to finish fourth overall and first female. Michael's run, like his swim, was too strong for the rest of the field taking first place overall in a time of 28:02 – 47 seconds faster then his previous personal best and the first time he has topped the podium. At 16 years of age, Michael is a young athlete to watch.

The juniors were showing the seniors how it's done with 14 year old Kai Furnell-Brennan taking second place, eight seconds in front of newcomer Jim Thorn who finished third. In the ladies race, Mel Brookes finished second female and sixth overall with Olivia Ross-Hurst placing third.

Local triathlon club, Berkshire Tri Squad and local running club Datchet Dashers were represented in the team event, which saw Kevin Spence and Anna Spence take on Jamie Young and Chris Murray. The team event is a new addition to the aquathlon race series and allows new comers to the sport to perform one discipline of the race while a teammate completes the other.

OpenWaterSwim.co.uk is located at Westhorpe Farm, Westhorpe Farm Lane, Little Marlow and is open for open water swimming every Monday and Wednesday evening from 5pm to dusk, Saturday mornings from 6am to 9am and certain Thursday evenings for our swim race series. Aquathlon Race 5 is on Saturday 2 August.

For more information visit www.openwaterswim.co.uk.


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