Athletics Sport


Wight Tri held the first of their ‘Splash and Dash’ series events at Wight Water, Dunroamin Beach in Lake recently.

The Aquathon started with either a 1, 2 or 3 laps of a 250m loop of The Bay, followed by either 1 or 2 laps of the 5km flat run along the Esplanade. 20 members took on this challenge.

1st in the nominated event was Dan Morgan who completed the long course (750m swim and 5km run) in 44.38, just 32 seconds inside his nominated time. His son, Henry was 2nd with a 1:32 difference, but finishing ahead of his father in 43:18. 3rd was Joe Norman with 1:35 outside his nominated time of 42:35.

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Craig Wilson in 39:41 and Nina French in 45:18 posted the fastest male and female times for the long course.

Wight Tri would like to thank Scott Gardner and staff at Wight Water for the water safety cover support for this event.

The second event, the Aquabike, took place at The Duver in St Helens with water safety cover provided by X-Isle Sports.

With either a 250m, 500m or 750m swim followed by an 8km or 13.5km cycle in and around Bembridge, it was well attended with 17 members taking part.

The nominated winners all completed the 500m swim and 13.5km cycle route. 1st was Luke Jeffery in 35:38, 22 seconds inside his nominated time. 2nd was Steve Dines, 56 secs faster than his nominated of 45 mins with Isle of Wight Junior Tri club member, Kaitlin Wilson finishing 3rd in 42:25, with a difference of 2mins 25secs.

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Fastest male and female for the 750m swim and 13.5km cycle was Craig Wilson in 37:55 and Arielle Elton-Walters in 44:54.

7 members of Wight Tri took part in the St Georges 10 mile road race, on a very tough, hilly course.

Craig Wilson was first home for the club in a fantastic time of 1:09:46 in 20th position overall out of 165 runners.

Next was Richard Bulmer (38th) with a very impressive PB of 10 minutes to finish in 1:17:06, showing that his Ironman training is paying off and that he is on course for a super first Ironman Event in Copenhagen in a few weeks time.

Luke Jeffery finished in 1:21:02 in 52nd, closely followed by the first Wight Tri female, Natalie Lawrence in 1:21:43 and 55th overall.

Nina French was next to finish in 1:25:13, winning the 1st Vet F 55 award.

Super veterans, Glyn Jenkins (106) and Bill French (137) finished strongly in 1:36:24 and 1:49:03 to bring it home for the club.

Anne Dines and Roy Young won the Vet 60 Female and Male categories respectively at the Dash and Splash 5km beach run in Shanklin on Sunday.

Steve Dines finished 2nd Vet M60 at the event.

A tough but fun run saw competitors run along the edge of the sea and sand, starting from Shanklin Rowing Club and finishing at Yaverland Sailing Club.

Wight Tri member Tom George travelled to Northampton to take part in the Gnome Roam.

This event is run on mainly flat cycle paths and grassy trails along the River Nene and reservoir with competitors choosing either a half marathon, marathon or ultra marathon distance.

Tom chose the marathon distance and had a fantastic race to win the Marathon event in 3:28:17 out of 32 competitors.

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