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WIGHT TRI MEMBERS COMPETE IN MILTON KEYNES AND BOGNOR REGIS


Isle of Wight triathletes had success when they competed in competitions up and down the country at the beginning of the month.

Wight Tri members Nina French and Steve Goodier travelled to Milton Keynes to take part in the Big Cow Triathlon events, held at Emberton Country Park.

Competitors could choose from 3 different distances; all of them starting with laps of an 950m loop in the Emberton Park Lake, then cycling loops around the countryside roads before then finishing off with the run laps around the lake.

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Nina chose the ‘Calfman’ Distance Event (950m swim, 45km cycle and 10.5km run) and had a super race to finish 9th female overall and 1st in the 50-59 category with splits of 18:27/1:24:17/57:20 for an overall time of 2:42:15.

Steve had an equally impressive performance, completing the ‘Cowman’ Distance Event (1900m, 90km, and 21km) to finish 9th in the 40-49 category in a PB time of 5:04:23, with splits of 37:20, 2:37:14 and 1:46:06.

These results give great confidence to both Nina and Steve, who’s next races are the 70.3 Ironman and the Full Ironman Triathlons at Almere, Netherlands in September.

Steve along with Wight Tri team mate, Pete Carter, are both representing Team GB for the first time at the European Long Course (Ironman) Triathlon Championships.

Meanwhile, a bit closer to home, Melanie Griffiths and Steve Dines took on the Bognor Regis Pool Distance Triathlon.

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Starting with a 400m swim, 20km flat cycle and a 5km run, Steve was home first for the club in 12th position overall and 1st Vet 60-64. A solid swim time of 10:17, followed by a swift 35:13 cycle, where he overtook several younger triathletes, and 26:50 for the run, gave Steve a fantastic overall time of 1:13:57.

Melanie, in only her 2nd mainland triathlon, raced well to complete the course in 1:31:23 to finish 5th in the 45-49 category with splits of 11:04, 48:48 and 29:06.

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