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OWS Aquathlon race 1 2015 report
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Posted on: Monday 11th May 2015


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Richard Stannard and Jas Thorpe report from the first OWS Aquathlon Series race of 2015, which took place on Saturday 9th May at The Triathlon Training Centre in Little Marlow.


OWS Aquathlon Series - Race 1 - 9th May 2015

A blustery spring morning greeted the athletes at The Triathlon Training Centre in Little Marlow. The first race of the series is always the hardest with the water still warming up and the run surface a little softer than during summer. However, this did not deter the 2014 Series Champions from returning to defend their crowns.

Last years 2014 series winners, Michael Fabes and Mel Brookes, both toed the start line (or more accurately palmed the start line), for the 750m swim and 5km run. Also racing was Kai Furnell-Brennan, 2014 Junior Series Champion and elite athletes India Lee and Hannah Kitchen, the 2013 and 2012 Series Champions. Kai, a member of Maidenhead Marlins swimming club along with India Lee, who was fresh off the plane from qualifying for the Rio Olympic Games Triathlon selection race later this year, both had excellent starts. But it was Michael Fabes who took the early lead.

After the first turn buoy a clear front pack developed of Michael, India, Hannah, Kia and, having a great swim with those half his age, Austin Swain (men's 50-55). The rest of the field, including several first timers, were making excellent progress in the wind swept waters.

India pulled into the lead just before halfway with Hannah hot on her heels and the rest of the group strung out behind. As the swim progressed so did the speed of the race and with 50m to go Hannah took the initiative and pulled to the front and into transition, shortly followed by India, Austin, Michael and Kai. Fabes then took the lead and with Kai not wanting to get left behind, he flew out of transition and headed after Michael, catching him towards the end of the first lap and leading into the second.

With Hannah, India and Austin sitting out the run due to future race commitments, the door was opened and Bev Holmes and Sharkie Jaggard stepped straight through, with Bev taking the early lead on the run in the women's race and Sharkie holding third in the men's. However, it was 2014 series champion Mel Brookes who used her run strength to catch Bev and take victory in the women's race with Bev in second and Faye Bartlett in third (in her first ever Aquathlon after giving birth just seven months ago!).

In the men's race Michael managed to catch Kia and take the victory, with Kia holding on to second while Clark Schofield moved into third with a great run performance.

Some standout performances today including from Kai Furnell-Brennan who, at aged 14, not only came second overall and first junior but also smashed his swim, run and overall personal best times on this course – which is a tough feat at the start of the season when the water is only 13.5 degrees! Special mention also must go to Neil Turner, Steve Oliver and Andrew Fox and all our other first time multi-sport competitors. With five races left in the series it will be great to see how fast they can all go!

The aquathlon series provides a great opportunity to experience the race environment, in a friendly relaxed setting.  Our next aquathlon is on Saturday 30th May - enter online here.

The Triathlon Training Centre holds events and training sessions all summer long. Visit www.triathlontrainingcentre.co.uk for more information.


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