It’s been a busy month so far for members of Wight Tri, with events in Swanage, Torquay and Tooting.

Nick Kenney and Jen Gallop participated in the Torquay Sprint Triathlon earlier this month.

The new event for 2021 consisted of a swim in the blue waters of Torquay seafront, followed by a closed road circuit and a flat and fast run along the Esplanade.

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Nick came home 1st in his age category (M45-50) with a finish time of 01:12:24. This comprised of a 00:15:29 swim, 00:31:27 bike and a 00:21:51 run which placed him 28th out of 268 competitors.

Jen completed the course in 01:35:34 which placed her 8th out of 12 females within the F35-39 category, placing her 188th out of 268 competitors. Jen’s splits included a 00:17:58 swim, 00:37:38 bike and a 00:33:15 run.

Meanwhile, in the capital, Crys O’Connell completed her first event as a Wight Tri member, representing the club in the final race of the Summer Aquathlon Series at Tooting Bec Lido.

The warm and calm conditions in South London were ideal for the 1km swim followed by a 7.5k run consisting of three laps of the Tooting Bec Common.

Crys had a strong swim as she exited the water in 21 minutes as 2nd female vet (8th female) at that stage. After the tough run, Crys finished as 4th female in her age category with an overall time of 01:02:48.

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Steve Dines took on his first triathlon since 2019 when he competed in the Swanage Sprint Triathlon.

Starting with a 750m sea swim in Swanage Bay, followed by a very challenging undulating 23km cycle up Langton Matravers towards the turnaround at Corfe Castle, continuing with several hairpin bends on the descent on Kingston Hill, this event was not for the faint hearted!!

The 5km run was just as tough and although starting on the flat, it continued up onto Ballard Down Ridge above Stutland, before descending down a slippery track back to the finish.

The low cloud and mist, evident during both the bike and run, made it more difficult for the competitors. However, Steve was grateful for the lack of sunshine especially during the run section!

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Competing in the 65-69 age group category for the first time, Steve had a good swim, exiting the sea in 18:11, followed by a solid bike split of 55:17 for this hilly bike route. Completing the run in 46:22, saw Steve crossing the finish line in 2:04:57 and 25th out of 31 male competitors, and 30th out of 60 overall.

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