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Arundel Triathlon report
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Posted on: Tuesday 31st May 2011


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Mick Dicker from Raw Energy Pursuits (www.rawenergypursuits.co.uk) reports from the Cuff Miller (Ford) Arundel Triathlon which took place on Sunday.


Cuff Miller (Ford) Arundel Triathlon

Sunday 29th May 2011 – Arundel Castle, West Sussex

Despite the gloomy weather, atmosphere in and around the beautiful setting of Arundel Castle was a good reason why the event sold out again as athletes competed in ether the Standard distance (800m / 37k / 9.2k) or the Sprint distance (400m / 19k / 5.2k) race.

The open air lido saw some quick times once athletes had warmed up from the chilly conditions. The quickest swim in the standard race (800m) was by Teresa Dray (11.05) from Esporta Brighton who was competing in the Relay race. The top ten men were all within a minute of each other as they started the long climb at the start of the cycle. From this point there was one athlete who tore around the course with many of his competitors commenting on just how fast he was travelling. This was previous winner Chris Birch (East Street Cycles.com) who clocked 54:51 for the course, almost six minutes ahead of his nearest rival. The female race was becoming a close fought battle between Sharon Young (Esporta Brighton) and Toni Thomas (Bodyworks XTC); not far off the pace was birthday girl Tamer Coleman. Despite a strong run by Team Feat's Paul Ashley, Birch held on to win by two minutes over an undulating course. Young and Thomas continued to battle it out on the run with Young just edging it and Coleman in third and first Supervet.

Bea Downey and Dominic Chapman ©Sussex Sport Photography.com

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As expected, racing was much closer in the Sprint race with Neil Bradfield, Thomas Davies & Till Sanderson setting the early pace and Rebecca Hughes, Sarah Huntley and Bea Downey all within 14 seconds of each other in the female race. The fastest bike split was by CWTC's Andrew Matthews in 30:49; just ahead of the chasing pack of Team THE on their new PHIAN carbon bikes and last years winner Dominic Chapman (Tuff Fitty Tri). Evergreen Bea Downey (Team Raw Energy) continued to set the pace for the women by clocking the fastest bike and run legs to win by two minutes over Emily Iredale (Midhurst Milers) and Laura Wetherill (Esporta Brighton). Nathan Gosling (Team THE) and Chapman continued to race head to head with Gosling taking the win by 20 seconds. Team THE's Paul Blackmore was 3rd for the second successive year.

Cuff Millar Ford


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