Triathlon: Top threes for Tunbridge Wells club in Marshman
23rd May 2019
TWO groups of athletes from Tunbridge Wells Triathlon Club competed at middle distance events (1.9km swim, 90km bike, 21km run) 220 miles apart on Sunday May 19.
On the south coast, four members were taking part at the Marshman middle-distance event in Lydd.
This low-key, family-feel event had 123 competitors in total, with 43 taking on the middle distance.
The start was postponed for half an hour while the bike course had to be rerouted due to a road being closed for repair.
Usually competitors have to battle strong headwinds as they ride past Camber Sands for two loops. But it was calm on this occasion, which led to some fast times.
Kieran Fitzpatrick (M35-39) had a superb bike leg which took him from 20th to fourth, and posted the fastest run split to finish second overall in 4:28.38. Ken MacSporran (M40-44) came 13th in 5:05.23
Claire Howard (F40-44) showed consistency in all disciplines and was rewarded with a podium spot, finishing third in her age group in 5:26.32. John Fuller (M45-49) came in four minutes later in 5:30.28.
Almost 1,600 athletes competing in the Outlaw Half in Nottingham, which saw the course record broken.
Sam Gibbs (male 35 to 39) was the highest placed for Tunbridge Wells, coming home 380th in 5hr 25min 44sec, his first sub 5:30 time.
Chris Dickinson (M55-59) was second for the club in 6:06.27, soon followed by Helen Waite (F40-44) in 6:08.39; Francis Leary (M50-54) finished strongly in 6:57.40.