Triathlon: Whitby uses local knowledge to be runner-up in Mayfield

MAKING HAY: Pippa Whitby was second female on home turf in Mayfield

Triathlon: Whitby uses local knowledge to be runner-up in Mayfield

31st May 2019

LOCAL resident Pippa Whitby used her local knowledge to secure second place among the women taking part in the Mayfield Triathlon on Sunday May 26.

She also won her F35-39 age group in the process with a time of 2hr 7min 15sec over the standard distance (600m swim, 32km bike, 5.6km run).

She came in just 28 seconds behind the eventual winner, and home advantage clearly paid dividends for the Tunbridge Wells Triathlon club member, who trains on the same hills.

The event has a small field of runners and includes a hilly bike course with a decent headwind on the flat sections and an off-road run.

Three other Tunbridge Wells athletes took part, David Bagge (M50-54) coming home first for the club in a time of 1:46.28 – and also second in his age group.

He was closely followed by James Sarre (M40-44), who won his age group in 1:51.12, while Dan Cook (M35-39) managed 2:19.00.

Cook secured an impressive eighth place for his swim in a time of 10,49 with Sarre setting down the quickest run of the day and Bagge the second fastest.

Neil Couchman (M40-44) won the duathlon (4.2km run, 24km bike, 2.8km run) in an impressive 1hr 57sec, completing the bike section in just 35 minutes.

In other events, Grant Ray-Howett (M45-39) topped his age group in the Total Motion Aquathon based at the Tooting Bec Lido, the largest freshwater swimming pool in the UK.

He sprinted home in a time of 39.47 after an event featuring an 810-metre swim followed by two loops of Tooting Common totalling 5km.

John Kendall (M55-59) was racing in the European duathlon 2020 championship qualifier at Darley Moor motor racing circuit near Ashbourne, Derbyshire.

The event consisted of a 5km run, 20km bike and final 2.5km run, and was stacked full of quality age group athletes vying for a GB place.

Unfortunately he completed an extra lap of the bike course, adding an extra 2km to his race, and finished in 1:09.19, 16th in his age group.

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