Athletics Sport


Liz Dunlop and Nick Kenney headed to Maidstone in Kent recently to take on the Leeds Castle Standard Distance Triathlon.

As this was the final GB team qualifier for the Age Group World Championships in Canada 2020, the fields were well loaded with top Age Group triathletes.

The swim was a 2-lap route around the moat of the castle and, due to the magnificent, hot weather over the weekend, it was deemed a non-wetsuit swim on race morning.

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The 43km bike course was an out and back very undulating route along the A20, which got very busy with cars on the return leg. The 10km run took the runners around the castle grounds on a very hilly off-road loop, which was a killer for even the strongest runners.

Liz started first and had a good swim exiting the lake in 30:19 and 2nd in the 60-64 age group. A quick transition and onto the bike, Liz cycled well and posted a good 1:27:00 but still lost out to 2 faster cyclists, entering T2 in 4th position. Liz found the run tough, but battled on to complete it in 58:43 to finish with an overall time of 2:58:45 and hold on to her 4th position.

This earned Liz an automatic qualification place for the GB age group Team for Canada 2020. She joins her Wight Tri teammate, Jan Fletcher, who also received confirmation of an automatic qualification place from the AJ Bell Leeds Triathlon a few weeks ago.

Nick, who was racing for the first time since breaking his collar bone at Ironman Wales last year, started with a solid swim of 32:22 in around 30th position, but losing valuable time and places to the faster swimmers in his age group. However, a super-fast bike split (1:14:40) and run split (43:23) saw him pull back several places to finish 19th out of 53 the 45-49 category.

Bala Sprint Triathlon

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Steve Dines recently travelled up to Bala, Snowdonia to do one of the ‘Bala Festival’ events.

On the Saturday morning there was a Boys & Girls Tri-stars Race for various age Cats 11-15, this was followed by a 3 adults per team relay race. On the Sunday morning a choice of Standard or Sprint Triathlons followed.

The Weather had been very warm on the Saturday at 25c but by Sunday morning it was back to 14c and very windy on the Lake. This resulted in both Sprint & Standard having there swim distances reduced for safety reasons. Standard 1500m – 600m & Sprint 750 – 400m. Dines had opted for the Sprint Distance.

Steve’s 400m swim was a tad choppy and being his weakest discipline kept him towards the back of the field as he exited the lake in 16:36. Once out and on the 20km cycle route – his favourite leg – he started to pass lots of people on an undulating course into a headwind. At the turn around point it was an enjoyable fast return to T2 having posted 37:00 followed by a 24:04 for the flat & fast 5k run.

Dines finished in a total time of 1:21:14 and was happy with his overall event resulting in 4th Vet in 60-69 category.

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