Triathlon: Tunbridge Wells show early form in Sevenoaks event

Triathlon: Tunbridge Wells show early form in Sevenoaks event
WELLS DIG DEEP: Kieran Fitzpatrick came fourth overall and first M30 PHOTO: Courtesy of 7Oaks Triathlon

Twenty-two competitors from the club competed in the event, which was selected to be the club championships this year.

The tough race, which saw more than 330 finishers, consisted of a 400m pool swim, 25km bike leg and an 8km run through Knole Park.

Kieran Fitzpatrick backed up his superb early season form by coming home fourth overall and first for the club, claiming first place in the M30 age category.

Adam Dennis was next home as third M40, while David Bagge and Michael Thomson battled it out for M50, Bagge finishing second in the age group and Thompson third.

James Sarre, who was competing in his first triathlon, made a fine debut, coming fifth in M40.

BACK IN THE SADDLE: Duathlete Amy Pay caught up after the unfamiliar swim section

First female for the club was European duathlete hopeful Amy Pay. Having started in unfamiliar territory in the pool, she quickly reeled in her competitors on her specialist disciplines to finish eighth overall and fourth in F30.

After a strong swim, Emily Twigg finished less then two seconds behind, claiming fifth in F30 and knocking over 11 minutes off her previous best. Third placed female for the club was Sue Bonner, fifth in F50.

The race was won by Scott Wiseman of Ashford Tri Club in 1hr 22min, four minutes clear of second place. Catherine Linney of 7Oaks Tri Club was first female on home turf in a time of 1:39.

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