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OWS Aquathlon Series race 6 2015 report
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Posted on: Wednesday 9th September 2015


Tags  Hannah Kitchen  |  India Lee  |  Lou Fox  |  OWS Aquathlon


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Richard Stannard reports from the sixth and final OWS Aquathlon Series events of the year, which took place on Saturday 5th September at The Triathlon Training Centre in Little Marlow.

FULL RESULTS


OWS Aquathlon Race 6 5th September 2015

With summer almost over and the lakes cooling down, crisp conditions greeted the athletes racing the final event in the OWS Aquathlon series. With the Chicago Grand Final in two weeks time, elite athletes India Lee and Hannah Kitchen both decided to race in preparation for their trips over to the States.

As the horn sounded the girls shot to the front with Hannah leading the way. India's tactics were clear from the outset - to stay on Hannah’s feet for the 750m swim and out run her on the 5km run course. Hannah had a different plan and kept surging in the swim to get a small gap over India. In to T1 and it looked like Hannah's attempts to drop India had failed as Indie stayed right on Hannah. However, Hannah initiated plan B - drop India in transition. This she did gaining a good advantage out of the wetsuit and on to the run. Both girls flew out of transition with a significant advantage over the rest of the field.

Following the girls out of the water was the young Lucas Boardman (15) however, a struggle with his wetsuit in transition meant he was 5th going out on to the run. Slick T1's by Sharkie Jaggard and Leon Harris allowed them to give chase to the racers up front. Just behind the three men out of the swim was Lou Fox having recovered from last weeks XTERRA European Championships in Surrey; she was now on her favorite discipline, the run.

Despite Hannah’s fast T1 and opening lap, India caught and passed Hannah and delivered the fastest run of the day, a swift 17.38. Hannah finished second with an 18:35 run and coming through the field with an 18:40 run to finish third was Lou Fox, making it an all female podium.

Despite the cooler temperatures, we saw some fast race times and run PBs from a number of our returning athletes including Steve Oliver and Sandra Buckton – both of whom went on to take the silver medal for the series in their respective age categories.

Also joining the “Sub-30 minutes club” was Leon Harris and Sean Stewart. A solid run from Lucas Boardman meant he finished top junior and top junior for the whole series. Other series winners were Michael Fabes (Overall Male Champion) and Mel Brookes (Overall Female Champion) both taking the trophy for a second season.

The OWS Aquathlon Series will be back for its eighth season in 2016. We would like to thank series sponsors PowerBar, Stroke Crank & Scarper and Nameonkit.com for their contributions and continued support.

For more information on the 2016 series go to www.triathlontrainingcentre.co.uk/race-entry/

OWS Aquathlon Race 6


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