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Kineton triathlon squad Do3 celebrate more podiums as season's end nears

THERE were more podium places for Do3 at the weekend, as the 2021 triathlon season draws to a close.

Liz Fleuty.
Liz Fleuty.

The Kineton-based squad, which is made up of more than 500 local triathletes, took part in sprint, standard and middle-distance races on Saturday and Sunday.

At the Blenheim Palace Triathlon, a sprint race made up of 750m swim, 20km bike and 5km run, Mark Loosmore completed the race in 1:27. At the Veridian Daventry Sprint triathlon, Richard Barr was first in his age group and 24th overall in a time of 1:14, despite a slightly elongated bike course. Ian Wileman was third in his age group in a time of 1:55 at the St Neots’ sprint triathlon.

Liz Fleuty took part in the Dambuster standard triathlon. The 1,500m swim, 40km bike and 10km run was held at Rutland Water and saw her second in her age category in a time of 2:24.

Also racing at the same distance was Tom Smith who took part the Cotswolds End of Season triathlon, finishing in 2:18 and securing a podium place as third in his age group. Rob Tottle took part in Outlaw Half Bowood, a middle-distance event raced over a 1,900m swim, 90km bike and 21.1km run and came over the line in 4:52.

Katie O’Neill also raced at middle-distance at the Vitruvian triathlon where she was second in her age group and fourth lady overall in at time of 4:54.

Overseas, Paul Nash represented GB at the ITU World Championships by competing in the long course aquabike.

Competed over a 3,800m swim and 180km bike, he finished the race 15th in a time of 7:48, having already won his age group the weekend prior at the Challenge Samorin in Slovakia.

In other events, Claudie Combelas and Rosalind McGrath took part in the Kenilworth half marathon, Tasha Chandler in the Richmond Marathon, Steven Hession in the Great North Run and Mike Ireland raced in the Cotswold Big Swim, a two-mile race which he completed in 43 minutes and was first in his age group and fourth overall.

Do3 head coach Dave Knight said: “We’ve seen more brilliant results from everyone despite the uncertainty of events being able to go ahead this year. The entire squad has continuously trained hard and remained focussed and any adulation is well deserved.”

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