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Howard and Bardsley secure Dambuster titles
Posted by: Press Releases
Posted on: Monday 20th June 2011


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The 2011 British Triathlon Standard Distance Championships took place on Saturday 18 June, with 1,000 competitors racing to win a coveted British crown at the Dambuster Triathlon in Leicestershire.

Ben Howard (20-24) the current world champion in his age group delivered a superb performance crossing the line first in a time of 01:54.54. It was the 42km bike course where Ben established his lead, recording the fastest split of the day. If Ben established the lead on the bike, he cemented it on the run delivering the second fastest split of the day and the honour of crossing the line first in a British Championship.

In second place was Neil Eddy (25-29). Neil exited the water in pole position but couldn't hold onto the lead, eventually finishing in 01:56.17. James Hockin (25-29) finished in third place overall and second in his age group, crossing the line in 01:59.21.

The women's race was a closer affair, with Louise Bardsley (30-34) winning her age group crown and the overall contest in a time of 02:14.07.

Talking after the race, Louise commented: “The race went really well and I wasn't expecting to win overall. I came out the water quite a way down, but made my way back up to fourth on the bike. As the run began, I found myself in third position, but it wasn't until the last kilometre that I took the lead. The course around the dam really helped chase people down and gave you that extra motivation to push that little bit harder.”

Louise continued: “The biggest factor in my performance was that I had a disappointing race in Limerick earlier this year. That fuelled me to start working with a coach and over the past seven weeks it has really made a difference in my approach and performance. Although I certainly expected to get a medal in my age group, I wasn't expecting an overall placing.”

Fifteen seconds behind was Stacey Penn (30-34) who finished in 02:14.22; a further eight seconds back was Racheal Bamford (20-24) who crossed the line in 02:14.30 and won her age group British title.

Steve Butler, the GE Great Britain Team Manager for the 2011 Beijing ITU Triathlon World Championships was impressed by the calibre of the athletes racing at the Dambuster Triathlon commenting: “The Dambuster Triathlon was a well organised event by Pacesetters and provided a superb venue for some fast and furious racing around an incredibly scenic course.

“As a British Championship, the event attracted a top quality field across the age groups and with many of the top age group champions also intending to race in Beijing or Eilat in 2012, I am delighted to say despite being a long way away, we will have a very talented GE Great Britain Age Group Team racing in Beijing.”

The event was the final chance for prospective GE Great Britain Age Group Team members to qualify for the 2011 Beijing ITU Triathlon World Championships and the beginning of qualification process for the 2012 Eilat ETU Triathlon European Championships. The second qualifier takes place at the Strathclyde Triathlon on 4 September 2011, with the final chance to qualify at the Bala Standard on 11 September 2011.

The event was being organised by Pacesetter Events, with more information available on www.pacesetterevents.com.

Provisional results are available on tri247.com and the Pacesetters website.


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