Steve Dines

Wight Tri member and Super Veteran Triathlete, Steve Dines, travelled to Sussex to take part in the Arundel Lido Sprint Triathlon at the weekend.

The event was held at Arundel Outdoor heated Lido, with the run taking competitors close to Arundel Castle and the River Arun.

With a 9:23 split for the 400m swim, Steve jumped onto his bike for a 19km cycle straight out onto the A27 towards Chichester and up the long steep hill towards Pullborough. Continuing on an undulating descent down to Fontwell and then onto the flat dual carriageway back to Arundel, he completed the bike course in 37:00. Fortunately, an early start meant the traffic in the area was light.

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Back into transition and it was then out onto an out and back 5.26km run course, meandering along the meadow path at the side of the Arun river. Steve competed this in 28:25 to finish in a time of 1:16:55 overall, securing a superb 2nd in the 60+ age category, 33th overall and 28th male.

Grafman Middle Distance Triathlon 

Wight Tri member Richard Bulmer took on the Grafman Middle Distance Triathlon in preparation for his forthcoming Ironman in Copenhagen in August.

The event consisted of a 1900m open water swim in Grafham Water near Huntingdon, followed by 91km bike and a half marathon to finish. Unfortunately, weather conditions were cold and foggy so the swim was cancelled for safety reasons. This was disappointing for Richard as the swim is a strong discipline for him.

All of the 400 athletes were released in quick succession onto the cold, foggy and undulating bike course which was often busy with cars and many racing cyclists, making for an eventful ride. Richard completed the bike leg in 2:58:00 to enter transition in 15th position in the 55-59 age group.

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On returning to Grafham Water, the run took in a 2-lap course around the edge of the lake comprising of both tarmac and hard compound tracks. Richard completed transition and commenced the run, quickly realising that he’d need to measure his pace due to feeling sick at higher work rates due to drinking energy drinks. He maintained a comfortable 5:20 min/km average to complete the run in 1:49:28.

Richard finished in a fantastic overall time of 4 hrs 49 mins 58seconds, 190th overall and 6th out of 29 athletes in the 55-59 age group, having passed several of his own age group and younger competitors on the run.

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