Image1[12931]Jack Hodgson and Laoise Bennis Topped their respective age groups in the Huntsman triathlon at Ringwood.

This was Laoise’s 2nd triathlon and 1st with an open water swim. She competed in the sprint distance, finishing 5th woman overall and 1st in her age group. She was disappointed with her swim but completed the 400m in 11:22.

The conditions were very calm with no wind on the bike stage. There was climbing at the start, which played to her strengths, and she rode the 35km in 1hr 8 minutes. She made up some valuable places on the last 10km of the bike, where she pushed on the climbs.

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Her run was a solid effort, running 18:32 for 4.2km. The course was shorter on the day than the listed 5k.

Jack was a last-minute entry in the standard distance with less than 24 hours’ notice. He posted one of the fastest swims of the day. With a solid 1:02:45 for the 35km cycle, and 37:56 for the 9.5km run, he finished in 13th position overall in 2:06:14, and 1st in the 30-34 age group. Jack will be competing in the Ironman 70.3 in Marbella on 22nd May.

Winchester Triathlon

Image1[12930]Sean Williams and Sally Neuman travelled to Winchester on bank holiday Monday to compete in the Winchester Sprint Triathlon. This was Sally’s first ‘overseas’ triathlon as she had just completed in the Wight Tri club triathlon before. The event took place in the grounds of Kings School in the centre of Winchester, with the 22km cycle on rolling hilly roads around the Hampshire countryside, followed by a hilly off-road 5km run around the school grounds.

Sean had a good race to finish 7th Male overall and 2nd In the MV category. However, his race started badly after a chaotic 400m swim of 9:02, which he was disappointed with, but having posted the 2nd fastest category bike split of 44:55 and the fastest run split of 21:14, he soon made time up on the faster swimmers to come home in 1:18:15 to take 2nd MV.

Sally had a well-paced event. This was her first-time racing on the mainland, and only her 2nd ever triathlon. With splits of 14:17, 1:12:08 and 35:06, she finished her 1st mainland triathlon in 2:05:45.

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