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Charly Marshall moves up in the British Triathlon Super Series standings + more Stratford AC reports

CHARLY Marshall moved up the British Triathlon Super Series standings following a fine performance in the Southern Aquathlon at Bowood House.

Charly Marshall. (57807511)
Charly Marshall. (57807511)

The event saw athletes take part in three aquathlons with just over an hour’s recovery time between each, with the runs getting longer as the swims got shorter.

Race one was an 800m swim and 1km run, the next was a 500m swim and 2km run, and then the final race was a 300m swim followed by a 3km run.

Marshall had a solid first swim and although exacerbated by a steep hill to the transition, she finished in seventh with a time of 18:32. The second race went better and after another strong swim she clocked 15:59 en route to another seventh-placed finish.

The last event proved to be tough and many athletes did not finish. Marshall, though, used the last of her energy to finish eighth in 17:07.

Marshall finished eighth overall on the day and her results, determined by the best two out of the three races, moved her up to 13th in the series standings.

Sprint Triathlon

A TOP ten finish in the World Sprint Triathlon Championships in Montreal for Stratford’s Rachel Pearce has secured prequalification for next year’s event in Hamburg.

Pearce had a solid start and left the 750m swim in fifth place in 11:59. A technical 19.2km bike course with tight turns and speed bumps followed, with Pearce completing this section in 33:59.

She then found the concluding 5km run painful due to a back injury but dug deep to finish in 23:35 and clock an overall time of 1:17:33 to finish in ninth place and third GB athlete in her age group (F50-54).

200m PBs

PERSONAL bests were the order of the day for Stratford athletes when they headed to Nuneaton’s Pingles Stadium for a night of 200m races.

Alex Wood. (57807509)
Alex Wood. (57807509)

In the U13 category, Alex Wood timed 26.69s on his first run. This would have been a PB had it not been for an illegal tailwind.

Undeterred he ran again, this time in a legal time of 26.5s, a result which moved him up to 14th in the UK rankings.

Elaine Ledden smashed her 200m PB over the same distance, clocking 31.41s to move up to fourth in the UK for her age.

Meanwhile, Dave Wilson ran the 200m in 26.62s leaving him just outside the UK top 20 for his age category.

Dave Wilson and Elaine Ledden at the Pingles Stadium in Nuneaton. (57807513)
Dave Wilson and Elaine Ledden at the Pingles Stadium in Nuneaton. (57807513)

Redditch Half Marathon

GRAHAM Hill enjoyed his first taste of the Redditch Half Marathon by beating the target he set himself.

Hill had hoped to run the marathon in 1:40 but was delighted to come home in a respectable 1:39:36 to rank 47th.

In the 10km race alongside the half marathon were fellow Stratford AC members Richard Gubby (13th, 40:37) and John Butler (256th, 1:15:24, third in age category).

Graham Hill at the Redditch Half Marathon. (57807515)
Graham Hill at the Redditch Half Marathon. (57807515)

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