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Dawlish Aquathlon report 2016
Posted by: Exeter Triathlon Club
Posted on: Wednesday 10th February 2016

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The first round of the 2016 Exeter Triathlon Club Aquathlon Series took place on Sunday 7th February at the Dawlish Aquathlon. Here's a report from the early season race coutesy of Louise Raymond.

Results: FULL | NOVICE

Exeter Uni student scoops gold in first aquathlon of series

The first event in this year's Exeter Triathlon Club Aquathlon Series saw Exeter University student Ollie Thorogood take gold in the Sprint category, while youth Eleanor Brandon won the Novice race, a clear three minutes ahead of her rivals.

Despite severe weather warnings, the Dawlish aquathlon took place on Sunday (7th Feb) in a weather window of bright sunshine, which was much appreciated by the course marshals and competitors alike.

The Novice event, a 300m pool swim followed by a 2.5k run, attracted 11 athletes, all of whom completed the event. Eleanor Brandon won the event after a fast swim of 4 minutes 22 seconds, and a quick run gave her an overall time of 18:59. Second was Kevin Francis, with a completion time of 22 minutes 10 seconds, followed close behind by David Hwang in 22 minutes 14 seconds.

Exeter University student Ollie Thorogood finished first in the sprint category - a 600m pool swim and a 5km run - with an overall time of 26 minutes 26 secs, followed by Josh Boon in 26.40. Third was Donald Brooks in 27.09.

In the ladies category, Rebecca Carter took gold in a time of 31 minutes 15 seconds, with Exeter Tri Club member Laura Wakeham second in 31:49 and Bethany Joslin third in 32:46

Race organiser John Comber said: “We're really pleased with the feedback we've had from competitors in this event, and many liked the introduction of continuous rolling starts, which minimised the amount of waiting around, although some people missed the competitive element that wave starts bring.

“Congratulations to Eleanor, Ollie and Rebecca, and to the runners up, all of whom put in excellent performances in challenging conditions.

“I'd also like to pay tribute to the band of volunteers who turned out, and especially the outdoor marshals who did a great job in quite cold and windy conditions.

“The marshal welfare marshals were well received and did a sterling job of keeping the marshals on the run course supplied with hot drinks and some delicious home made tiffin.”

Sprint winner Ollie Thorogood said: “It was a great event and I really enjoyed it. I'm looking forward to Sidmouth!”

The next event in the aquathlon series is on 13 March, at Sidmouth Leisure Centre. Details can be found at


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