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Mizuno Arundel Triathlon report
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Posted on: Sunday 31st May 2009


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Mick Dicker reports on the Mizuno Arundel Triathlon held today, organised by Raw Energy Pursuits (www.rawenergypursuits.co.uk)


Long 800m / 40km / 10km
Sprint 400m / 20km / 5.5km
Relay 800m / 40km / 10km

There can very few triathlons that can match the stunning backdrop afforded by Arundel Castle during the Standard, Sprint & Relay triathlon today.

Scorching weather and new course record were set for the standard race by Peter Younghusband (Tri UK-Gatorade) following his victory at Dorchester a few weeks. Team REP's Gary Pearce was second with a PB, fresh from his cycle across Spain last week as he prepares Roth Ironman. Former record holder Chris Birch (East St Cycles) was pushed into third place as he starts to build his season. In the female race Fay Cripps (Southdowns Velo) posted the fastest bike split of the day to hold off previous winner Fiona Jamie from Esporta Brighton and Army Tri's Claire Fraser as she prepares to represent Guyana in an ITU race in Puerto Rico in July. As usual the veteran's were high on the standings with Brighton's Bob Novis 8th overall, and Dorking's Kevin Bailey 9th and there was a promising performance from Chichester's top junior Daniel Bailey.

Peter Younghusband & Gary Pearce ©Sussex Sport Photography

Niki Treacy ©Sussex Sport Photography The sprint distance racing was equally as competitive with Tuff Fitty Tri Club taking three of the top four places.

Dominic Chapman held off club mate Dave Risebrow ahead of last year's runner up James Stewart (The Tom Hills Experience). Team REP's Niki Treacy retained her grip on last years title with a convincing win which had her 6th overall and 5th fastest bike split of the day. Mary Campbell (Chichester Westgate Tri) was second as she now prepares for the ITU Champs on the Gold Coast later this year. Anita Jones from Brighton Phoenix secured third place.

As in the standard race, competition for the vets prizes were close with Andrew Matthews (Tuff Fitty) seeing off Brighton Phoenix's John Marinko. Karen Dixon and Larkfield AC's Melanie Evans took the female honours. Local Yapton junior Wilf Hill was first junior.

Team Esporta Brighton 1 dominated the relay triathlon with Phil Grundy, Trace Harris and Mark Archer making up the team holding off their club rivals by 5 minutes.

 

 

Full results

Long Distance
Sprint Distance
Relay


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