Warwickshire triathlon squad Do3 back with a bang
WARWICKSHIRE squad Do3 were back on top form after a long 18 months without triathlon and multi-sport activity.
Squad members were out in force across the country at the weekend and leading the way was Anita Howe, who won the standard distance GB age group British Triathlon Championships in Leeds.
She raced the 1,500m open water swim, 36.2km bike ride and 10km run in 2:29.
Also competing at the GB Championships were Liz Fleuty and Ben Phyall, with Fleuty placing in the top ten in her fiercely fought age group.
The AJ Bell GB Championships represents the pinnacle of triathlon competition in the UK and sees age groupers compete on a course alongside Olympic hopefuls.
At the same event, Stephanie Cox raced in the aquathlon, finishing second in her age group and ninth overall in the fast-paced swim and run event.
In other podium places, Louise Croxson was first in her age group with a substantial lead and seventh female overall at Eastbourne standard distance triathlon.
In the European Championship Qualifier event, Amy Hinton also finished in the top five in her age group over what was a challenging course, made up of a 1,500m sea swim, a hilly 36.6km bike and 10km run.
Toni Senior stormed the Cotswold 113, a middle-distance triathlon raced over a 1.9km swim, 90km bike and 20km run.
She was first in her age group and second lady overall in a time of 4:44, a personal best at this distance.
Claudie Combelas was fourth in her age group, improving her previous time by over ten minutes, and Laura Castle completed her first middle distance event, finishing in the top ten in her age group.
They were joined by Andrew White who posted a course personal best, Mike Willers who returned to racing after three years and Christian Ratcliffe who finished in 4:56.
Do3 head coach Dave Knight said: "It’s so gratifying to see the results come through as they genuinely recognise the hard work and commitment everyone has been putting in.
"The last year saw most events cancelled and it’s been very tough for everyone to stay focussed, motivated and fired up for race season.
"Our new open water facility at Compton Verney has helped everyone’s swim this year and through the winter we migrated online with Zwift virtual cycling.
"With summer here and races back on, there’s plenty more to come from these amazing, focused and driven individuals.”