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Lezyne Worthing Triathlon 2016
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Posted on: Wednesday 31st August 2016

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Mick Dicker from Raw Enery Pursuits reports from the Lezyne Worthing Triathlon in West Sussex which took place on Sunday 28th August 2016, histing the final British Triathlon Age-Group qualifier for the 2017 ETU European Championships in Kitzbuhel.

RESULTS: Standard | Sprint

Lezyne Worthing Triathlon 2016 - ETU Age-Group Qualifier for 2017

After the previous weeks heatwave and Saturday's clear blue skies and calm conditions, organisers were awoken at 2am on race morning by high winds battering the race marquee. The high wind forecast was predicted later in the afternoon but once again it meant Worthing was going to have some tough swimming conditions. These were the strongest winds in the events 15 year history, but luckily due to an incoming neap tide and a southwesterly wind; albeit Force 5/6 on the Beaufort scale, the safety craft could launch and the swim went ahead.

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This was the second year in succession the race was chosen to be a ETU Qualifier event and entries sold out weeks before the event.

The Sprint race started first and despite swimmers struggling to get clear of the breaking waves, once the first marker buoy at 200m was reached they picked up the current. First out the water was novice junior Chloe Pollard from Bodyworks XTC with an impressive swim of 8:50. This was no surprise to the organisers Raw Energy Pursuits as she’s regularly won their Ironman Distance River Arun Swim in Sub 45min. She made light of the course on her first real debut and posted the fastest swim, bike & run times to finish 1st in 1:16:50. Micaela Floyd from Tuff Fitty Tri Club was 2nd in 1:23:40 and Charlie Walker from Worthing took 3rd place in 1:27:24. In the men’s race Team THE set out to win the first of many categories with Paul Blackmore winning in 1:11:18. Tuff Fitty's J D Pascoe was 14 seconds off of the top step of the podium in 2nd with 1:11:32 and 3rd went to top junior Callum Elliott in 1:14:41.

The Standard Tri saw eventual winner Andrew Greenleaf from Serpentine Running Club claw his way to the front of the field after losing almost four minutes in the swim to his rivals. Greenleaf then posted the fastest cycle spilt with 1:01:58 on a tough course before annihilating everyone on the run with a sub 33 min run on the prom to win in 1:57:43. Four others finished sub 2hrs; Torbay Tri's Henry Irvine in 1:58:18, 3rd place Hugh Brashaw from University of Bristol in 1:58:41 and James Phillips from Les Stables Race team in 1:58:50. Colin Dixon’s 2010 course record of 1:54:45 still stands and Dixon won the 45-49 AG with a time of 2:00:53 and was 6th overall.

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Top cyclist Emily Mcloughlin from East Grinstead Tri Club is well and truly on the triathlon comeback trail as she dominated the women's race with a time of 2:08:58. She posted the fastest swim, bike and run splits and just missed out on Yvette Grice's course record from 2012 (2:08:02). Charlotte Bowsher from Portsmouth was 2nd in 2:14:52 and 3rd was Sophie Kirk from London in 2:18:37

A special mention goes to the 70-74 Age-Group winners Sandra and David Abrams from Stubbington Green Runners who won in 3:33:51 and 2:57:35 respectively.

The race wasn't without a few casualties brought about by the weather; 14 withdrew from the swim and there were an number minor accidents on a roundabout following a sharp downpour.

Team Alan Law Physiotherapy dominated the Relay with a time of 2:08:05; Natasha Rabinowitz, Gary Pearce and Amy Harris making up the team.

Worthing’s new Mayor Sean Macdonald was there supporting the event throughout, from setting the athletes off on each swim wave to presenting the prizes at the end.

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