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Frosty Aquathlon report 2015
Posted by: Editor
Posted on: Sunday 1st March 2015


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After a poor weekend of weather, Sunday morning dawned to clear blue skies although the course along the Sussex Coast would leave the run leg fully exposed to strong gusty winds. Celebrating 20 years of this local curtain raiser event for the season, the first race is the Frostbite a 400m swim and 5k run. It was pleasing to see many competitors in this event undertaking their first ever multisport race. Matthew Burt from Crawley Tri Club was the quickest swimmer exiting (including transition) in just 5:40. The run course took in a lap of the boating lake before heading along an out and back run route along the seafront promenade – into the strong wind. This didn't stop Matthew cementing his position with a run split of 19:00 to conclude a winning time of 24:40. David Robinson from Mid Sussex Tri Club finished in second place in 26:06 and Steve Wigmore from Horsham Amphibians Tri used the fastest run split of the morning (18:46) to finish third overall in 26:46. For the ladies it was Michelle Peckham from Horsham Amphibians who would win the trophy in a time of 29:41. She produced the fastest ladies swim split but 2nd place female, Rebecca Lintott-Clarke (Tuff Fitty Tri) was chasing her down and would finish just 6 seconds behind in 29:47. Third place went to Phoebe Lebrecht from Brighton Tri Club in 31:24 just ahead of the overall junior winner Florence Ertl in 31:58

The main race was the Frosty which consists of an 800m swim and 10k run. Many of the competitors return year after year and the event was won by John Tindall representing Brighton Phoenix. He was 2nd in the race last year but despite the conditions improved his time to win in 49:52. Representing the host club, Tuff Fitty Triathlon, Tom Goddard secured 2nd place in 50:31. 3rd place went to Shaun Challis of Brighton Tri Club who had got off to a flyer in the swim exiting the 32 lengths and transition in just 10:55, finishing in 51:42. The race format is unusual in that the quickest competitors start off together in the same wave and so can see exactly where the competition is on the course. This led to very close racing with 3rd, 4th, 5th & 6th separated by just 16 seconds. In the ladies race, Amey Harris crossed the line in 52:02 ahead of second place lady Kate Gorman of Brighton Phoenix (54:17). Third lady was Elizabeth McDougall in 55:24.

Prizes were also awarded to the 1st male vet which went to Paul Wishart (55:21) and male supervet went to Clive Patterson-Lett (Tuff Fitty Tri Club) who finished 5th overall in 51:55. Keeping it in the family. Nicole Patterson-Lett (Tuff Fitty) won the female vet trophy in 58:57 and the 1st female supervet went to Debbie Evers. Debbie (Brighton Phoenix) has been competing at the event for many years and retained her title in 1:06:19.

There is a team competition for 4 members, including at least 1 female, which runs alongside the individual race and this is always closely contested. Brighton Phoenix made the team award their own winning regularly but missed out in the last two years as Tuff Fitty Tri took two titles. Brighton Phoenix were back with a vengeance this year and with their four team members all home in the top 12 pushed Tuff Fitty into second place this year. Another successful mornings aquathlon where the souvenir bobble hat was appreciated as competitors headed back out into the wind for the journey home.


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