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Arundel Triathlon 2015 report
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Posted on: Tuesday 26th May 2015


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Race organiser Mick Dicker reports from the 2015 Lezyne Arundel Lido Triathlon in West Sussex.


Lezyne Arundel Lido Triathlon
Sunday 24th May 2015 – Arundel, West Sussex

Standard & Relay (800/37/9km) - Sprint Triathlon (400/19/5km).

There can't be many better settings for a triathlon than Arundel in West Sussex. The town is steeped in history and is a great place to explore for a weekend. The Medieval Castle and the picturesque avenue of trees, lakes and rivers make this the perfect race setting.

There were no course records on the Standard Tri this year despite the favourable conditions; but experienced Supervet Peter Younghusband from Petersfield Tri Club showed the young athletes the way around the course with the fastest swim and bike split with an average bike speed of 42km and a total time of 1:47:26. Five minutes behind in second place was Dorking's Fraser Dawson in 1:52:21 and in third place was Cranleigh Tryathlon Club's Simon Flatau in 1:58:10.

Peter Younghusband and Michelle Peckham ©www.SussexSportPhotography.com

Iain Martin from BTRS was 1st Vet and 1st Supervet went to Tuff Fitty's John Mcgrath. Local Barnham athlete Mitchell Campbell was 1st Junior. The female race was a close fought battle with just 43 seconds separating the top three. Brighton Tri Club's Leanne Garner jumped from third place last year to first place this year in 2:13:36. Second place went to Michelle Peckham from Horsham Amphibians Tri Club in 2:14:15 and Portsmouth Triathlete Hayley King was 3rd in 2:14:19. Rebecca Lintott-Clarke was 1st Vet and Jenny Philips 1st Supervet.

The Physio Fitness & Wellbeing A Team won the Relay Triathlon again and knocked almost three minutes off the course record they set last year. Their victory was hard fought though and they were pushed to the limit by Swim 1st Tri Club (Simon Duke, Tim Harkness & Charlie Pennington). The Physio Fitness Team of Nick Finch (Swim 11:47), Rob Brundish (Bike 53:33) and Josh Dennison (Run 36:01) finished in 1:42:16, just 38 seconds ahead of second place. Top triathlete Charlie Pennington set the fastest run of the day (32:08) for Swim 1st Tri Club.

Team REP and newly appointed RAF PTI Corporal Mark Davies returned to racing after a long lay-off and won the Sprint Tri in 57:55, 13 seconds ahead of second placed Robert Fryer from PHCC (58:08). Davies now prepares for Ironman Malaysia in November in a bid to secure a Kona qualification. Team THE's Mark Furth was third in 1:00:13. Lezyne sponsor Matt Ryley was 1st Vet in 1:03:02 and Steve Wigmore Horsham Amphibians Tri was 1st Supervet. Robert Weekes from Hayling Island was first Junior in 1:04:58. Team THE's Rachel Wilmott retained the title she won last year and knocked another minute off her previous time despite it being her second race in two days (6:12, 33:19, 23:39). Chichester Westgate Tri Club's Amber Westron was second overall and first junior in 1:08:35 with Katrina Rye in third 13 seconds later. Wight Tri's Sarah Woods was first Vet and Karen Mcgrath from Tuff Fitty Tri Club took the Supervet title again fresh from her victory at Steyning three weeks earlier.

Raw Energy Pursuits will be returning to Arundel on the 6th September for the successful Arundel Triathlon with a 1.5k River Swim, 40k Bike & a 10k run around Swanbourne Lake and finishing on closed roads in the town. Entries are still available at www.rawenergypursuits.co.uk.


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