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Cuff Miller Worthing Triathlon report
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Posted on: Wednesday 13th July 2011


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Mike Dicker from Raw Energy Pursuits (www.rawenergypursuits.co.uk) report on the 2011 Cuff Miller Worthing Triathlon.


(Images are courtesy of Sussex Sport Photography - visit www.sussexsportphotography.com to find your FREE downloads from the event).

Cuff Miller Worthing Triathlon 2011

1.5km Sea Swim – 43km Cycle – 10km Run

A calm but deceptively lumpy sea greeted athletes at the Worthing Triathlon. Winds on the coastline had dropped considerably from the previous day which wasn't such good news for the kite surfers but great for the athletes. The format for the event was Man v Woman v Veterans with the first across the line winning a cash prime. The start times were based on the previous years men's, women's and vets times and saw the women start at 0630, followed by the Vets eight minutes later and then the Seniors and last year's winners at 18 minutes.

A strong westerly current caught a number of athletes out by the first buoy but once in the tidal stream most flew down to the turn buoy at the Sea Lane Cafe. Unfortunately from this point on things became significantly tougher with a number of weaker swimmers struggling against the current and chop.

Cuff Miller Worthing Triathlon

Tuff Fitty's Nicole Patterson was first out the water in 24:21, two minutes ahead of Team Raw Energy's Trish Deykin. The Vets were lead by Kevin Bailey from RG Active/triandrun but making their way through both fields was last years defending champion Colin Dixon and Thames Turbo's Adam Acland in a shade under 21 minutes. Timothy Male (Thames Turbo) ate into the lead Dixon had built on the swim and by clocking the fastest bike leg (1hr 2min for the 43km course), meant by the time they arrived at the transition there was nothing between them. Unfortunately the best intentions of a member of public to change one the finish signs meant the cycle leg had to be extended by 1.5km.

Horsham Amphibians Mark Davis had the fastest bike spilt for the Veterans and Pinches and Deykin were still neck-and-neck in the women's race. Out onto the flat promenade the win prime looked to be firmly in Dixon's grasp as he made his way through the early leaders. By the time he reached 5km he was the clear leader and looking strong with the fastest run leg (34.22). Dixon won by four minutes (2hr 1min) ahead of Thames Turbo's Male and a fast finishing Tyler O'Callaghan from Deloitte Sport. Despite a slightly quicker run by Deykin, Liz Pinches held on to win by 14 seconds in (2:25:47) with third place going to Thmaes Turbo club mate Lizzy Westman.

Mark Davis (Horsham Amphibians) and Nicole Patterson (Tuff Fitty) were first Veterans; Brighton's Malcolm Hughes and Team Cherwell's Kim Shaw won the Supervets and first Vintage (over 60) was won by Portsmouth Triathlete Peter Mahoney and Steyning AC's Carol Killick who was also the oldest competitor in the field. First junior was Lewis Bertand-Shelton from Brighton Phoenix Tri.

The Relay Triathlon was a closely fought race between Thames Turbo and Tuff Fitty Tri Club with TT holding on to win in 2.26.24 (James Ward, Mike Adams & Paul Smoothy).

Bike Designers and Distributors ‘Upgrade' were at the event with some very impressive Lezyne Engineered Products

Raw Energy Pursuits will be hosting the British Aquathlon Championships at Littlehampton Marina on Saturday 30th July at midday. Whilst this is a National Championships there will be a citizen's wave where athletes can race shoulder-to-shoulder. The race format is a 750m swim in the River Arun and a 5km run along to Climping and back. The Boat House with the event venue.

For further details go to www.rawenergypursuits.co.uk

Cuff Miller Worthing Triathlon


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