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Lezyne Arundel Triathlon 2015
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Posted on: Monday 7th September 2015


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Arundel in West Sussex is a beautiful and stunning setting on the banks of the River Arun with its impressive backdrop of the mediaeval castle and located within the boundaries of the South Downs National Park. New for 2015 was the walk down to the start to create a one-way swim. A herd of cows on the riverbank at the start of the race was a shock for some swimmers but local herdsman and serial Ironman Steve Belt were there to placate them. 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.

Hamish Wilson from Durham University Tri Club set the fastest swim of the day with 20:43 for the men with Laura Torok clocking 21:14. The bike is a fast rolling course with a hard climb up Houghton Hill just before the fast descent back into the town. Wilson remained in the lead coming back into transition although Supervet David Ardley from Southampton Tri had started to reduce the gap. Laura Starmer from Horsham Amphibians remained at the front of the women's pack at the start of the tough run. Runners headed off onto the challenging two lap run course 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 the V-shaped valley and a tough climb to the Hiorne Tower. Once at the top, the tower imposes across the landscape before descending down through the private estate and back into the closed road section of the town centre.

Wilson powered down the High Street to win in 2:02:49, almost seven minutes clear of second place Supervet Ardley in 2:09:56 and third place Thomas Garner from Brighton Tri Club (2:10:42). Starmer went on to win in 2:22:16 ahead of Micaela Floyd from Tuff Fitty Tri Club in 2:26:00 and Sutton Runners' Vicky Foad in 2:29:08.

The fastest bike and run overall went to Team Physio Fitness & Wellbeing Andy Robinson (1:02:32) and Dean Henegan (30:45) who dominated the Relay Tri and made it a clean sweep on all REP events in 2015, Paul Maggs was their swimmer.

First veterans were Graeme Blair from Crystal Palace Triathletes and Chichester Westgate Tri Club's Trudi Cunningham. Supervets Malcolm Hughes from Brighton Phoenix and Lesley Quiney from Portsmouth Tri took the over 50s prizes. There was a big contingent from French club Lourdes Triathlon led by Junior Matthew Simmonds who was first Junior in 2:24:14.

Race Director Mick Dicker said, "I've not organised or competed at a more picturesque location in the UK than Arundel. The event has almost doubled from last year's test event and I'm confident it will increase again. The setting is unrivalled and the town centre closure just adds to the big race feeling."

Dawn on the river bank at Arundel Castle


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