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Watts and Parsons win at Worcester Triathlon
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Posted on: Saturday 3rd July 2010


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Worcester Triathlon Club held their annual triathlons on Sunday 27th June at Top Barn Activity Centre, Holt Heath. On one of the hottest days of the year so far, 195 competitors took part. The event consisted of two separate races, a sprint distance triathlon with a 750m swim, 28km bike and 5km run, or a longer double-sprint distance option of a 1500m swim, 56km bike and 10km run.

Worcester Triathlon Club members were out racing in force, as well as organising and marshalling at the event. Tom Watts, although still a junior, was the stand out winner in the sprint event, in 1:16:59, over three minutes clear of the second place finisher. He exited the water in a very impressive 9:07 swim time - again over 2 minutes faster than the next athlete. Watts said of the race: ‘It means a lot to me to win at one of my home events, after being close in the past two years’. This result continues an excellent season so far for Watts, which has seen him place fifth Junior at the National Duathlon Championships and complete his first Olympic distance event racing in an elite international field at the European Cup in Strathclyde. In searing heat, he finished 30th overall, with many world class athletes failing to finish. Watts also took the bronze medal for the junior division at the Blenheim Triathlon. He now goes to race at the next round of the European Cup in Geneva, Switzerland in August.

There was also Worcester success in the double-sprint distance event, with Worcester Triathlon Club's Michelle Parsons finishing as fastest female in 2:50:32 and also placing a very good 8th overall in a strong field. She was particularly happy with her bike, which was the fastest female time by almost five minutes and was bettered by only four males. Michelle will hope to utilise this form on the bike in the National 100-mile cycling time trial event on 11th July. She then competes in the Ironman race in Switzerland on 25th July. Kevin May, Henry Walker and Mark Howe all had strong races and finished the double course in 3 hours or better.

In both the sprint and double-sprint events there were a number of novice club members racing for the first time and all had excellent races to complete their first ever triathlon, many in very good times for a first racing experience. Ellen Winter posted a very creditable 1:45, taking part in her first ever triathlon.

Race director, Gav Vickers said: ‘The Top Barn races are the highlight of the Worcester Triathlon Club calendar held at one of the top multi-event venues in the country. Athletes came from all over the country to race - from London, Ipswich, Bridgend, Bristol, Stoke, Hereford, Portsmouth, Somerset as well as nearby towns and cities.

"There was great racing in both the Sprint and Double events and some stand out performers; Tom and Phil Jenkins’ swims, Michelle’s double race to win by six minutes and Sam Orgee’s run in the sprint really stood out for me as the individual highlights. It was great to see so many competitors finishing their races following weeks or months of hard and dedicated training.

"Everyone involved from the organisers to the marshalls to the competitors had a great time and everyone we spoke was keen to come back next year. The Tri club would like to thank everyone involved at the venue, all the local businesses who contributed and the club members and their families for making the day pass so smoothly.’

The club's next event is the Droitwich Sprint Triathlon on 1st August, which consists of a 400m pool swim, 20km bike and 5km run – an ideal event for those new to triathlon to try a race. Details can be found in the event section of Worcester Triathlon Club’s website –www.worcestertriclub.co.uk.

Worcester Triathlon Club results

Sprint Triathlon
1. Tom Watts – 1:16:59
7. Neil Crump – 1:24:49
25. Gavin Vickers – 1:32:12
34. Ed Hardy – 1:36:09
39. Tony Knight – 1:37:53
63. Ellen Winter – 1:45:25
80. Ben Martin – 1:52:00
83. Alison Dunn – 1:53:09
90. Andrew Muir – 1:57:08

Double Sprint Triathlon
7. Kevin May – 2:47:24
8. Michelle Parsons – 2:50:32
12. Henry Walker – 2:54:11
20. Mark Howe – 3:00.13
31. Mark Elliott – 3:09:07
33. Steve Poulton – 3:11:59


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