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Lezyne Arundel Castle Triathlon
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Posted on: Monday 21st July 2014

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Anyone who's been to Arundel in West Sussex will know what a stunning market town it is. Set on the banks of the River Arun with its impressive backdrop of the medieval castle and located within the boundaries of the South Downs National Park. Race day loomed as a perfect still and warm summer morning with mist on the river. The Arun is the second fastest flowing river in the UK, but at slack water it can be calm and allows for 30-40 minutes of swimming in relatively still water depending on the type of incoming tide.

The pre-race favourite was six times Worthing Triathlon champion Colin Dixon and it was Dixon who was first to exit the 19 degree water in under 20 minutes. In fact within 45 minutes of the start Dixon was already half way round the cycle course. Hot on his heels was Robert Fryer from Portsdown Hill CC, but Dixon's strength on the bike meant he stretched his lead but was now being chased by Met Police Tri Club's Karl Free. While the front places were changing in the men's race, the top four places in the women's race saw overall winner Claire Danson (ONE Triathlon RDS), Horsham Amphibians Tri sisters Sarah and Amy Harris and top veteran Miki Floyd from Tuff Fitty Tri Club battle it out.

A broken chain meant Amy Harris was out of contention which was hard luck as she eventually clocked the third fastest run of the day (34:31). The new bike course is a mix of flat straight roads, picturesque fast country lanes and a tough hill climb at 32km before an extremely fast descent back into town. Dixon maintained his position at the front of the field with a 1:03:04 bike split and headed off onto the challenging two lap run course. The run heads along the castle moat and avenue of trees before turning into Swanbourne Lake. The views of the lake are soon forgotten as runners head into what resembles a Jurassic shaped valley and a tough climb looking down on the following runners. Once at the top, the haunted Hiorne Tower imposes across the landscape before descending down through the private estate and back into the closed road section of the town centre.

This course is built for runners and Dixon made light work of it, covering the slightly short 10km in 33:28. Dixon went onto to win in 1:58:39 whilst Free maintained his positon in second place (2:02:42) ahead of Fryer (2:05:36). Crowds turned out in support at the finish and saw Danson maintain her lead over Sarah Harris and Miki Floyd; the finishing times were 2:15:33, 2:17:56 & 2:24:17 respectively.

First veterans were Robert Searle (Bognor Regis) and Zoe Tetlow from Horsham Amphibians Triathlon and first Supervets, were Colin Chambers from Mid Sussex Tri (6th overall) and Karen Wigmore, also from Horsham Amphibians Triathlon. First Vintage (65-69 category) was Roy Beeley from 1066 Triathletes (2:37:38).

This was the first race in the UK using the new Pic2Go process offered by Sussex Sport Photography and allows race day images of athletes to be streamed live on their Facebook page with the use of barcoded stickers.

Race Director Mick Dicker said, "We've received great feedback today and feel this event with its unique location will become a significant and classic 'must do' race. The setting is unrivalled with the town centre finish and the support of the local businesses just adds to the race".

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