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DAVE AND STEVE TAKE POSITION ON THE TOP STEP OF THE PODIUM

L-R: Dave Sweet and Steve Dines

Wight Tri Members Dave Sweet and Steve Dines recently travelled to West Sussex for the Chichester Lake Standard and Sprint Triathlons, taking place just outside Chichester in the Westhampnett lake.

Dave, who is soon to represent the Isle of Wight at the forthcoming Island Games in Gibraltar in 4 weeks’ time, was using this event as his final race preparation. He took on the Standard Distance and started off with a great 1500m swim. He was in the front group for most of the Swim, exiting in 5th place in 25:45.

A quick transition and it was out onto the Bike course – 2 laps of an undulating course which took the triathletes up to the Goodwood Racecourse on the downs before heading back past Goodwood Racing Circuit and back along the A27 for a second lap. Dave cycled strongly to post the fastest bike split of 59:54 for the 38 km course and move into 1st place.

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Dave continued to improve his pace and after the second lap of the mixed terrain run route, crossed the line to take first place in a fantastic 10km run split of 36.29 to finish in a massive personal best time of 2:02:55 and also 1st in the 30-34 category. He couldn’t stop for the prize giving, so he jumped on his bike and peddled off towards Portsmouth to catch the ferry home.

Steve Dines took on the Sprint event. He had a good 750m swim of 18:53, exiting in a small group. Out onto to the 1 lap of the 23km bike course and, with this being his best discipline, a 45:33 bike split brought him back ahead of the group of swimmers he went out with.

Posting 26:02 for the 1 lap 5km run course, Steve ran strongly, showing that Park Run training is starting to pay off. Steve finished in an overall time of 1:33:06 and 1st in the 60-64 category.

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