Another sunny breezy day greeted 400 triathletes at the third of our four race series. Once again the course had a set of road works that meant a bit of luck was needed to get the ultimate bike split and a stiffening breeze on the run out to Chertsey once again prevented any super fast bike splits.
Our male winner has been competing in Thames Turbo races since 2005 and a nervy wait at the end would see him take the win by just one second in a time of 59mins 11seconds. That’s right folks Thames Turbo Powerbar’s very own Richard Legge showed that his recent win at the Human Race Eton Supersprint was no fluke with another stella bike split allowing him to take the victory from the fast improving Paul Burton. Speaking at the finish Legge has this to say : “I’ve been trying to win this race for years and somebody always turns up to steal it. Dan Corner, Tim Male, Jonathan Hotchkiss, Dion Harrison are just a few high profile big hitters who’ve preventing me from winning. I’ve even come 3rd in the past with a 56!!”. Dirk To Oude Ophuis rounded out our top 3 with a creditable time of 1.00.14.
Meantime in the ladies race Thames Turbo’s very own Aimee Billington took her first victory in 1.10.45 from the fast running Lucie Custance (Clapham Chasers) with Thames Turbo starlet (15-17 age group) Eliza Cottington filling the 3rd spot with the fastest swim split of the day (6mins42s). At 432m and the swim time including T1 you’ve got to swim close to 5mins per 400m pace to go that far under 7 mins.
A big thanks to all our marshals and sponsors.
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There were quite a few snappers out at Race 2. Our official photographer Phil O’Connor has been photographing sport since 1981 and had many thousands of photographs published especially in Cycling Weekly and Cyclesport. The company endeavour to have event images on-line quickly and available for purchase as prints or digital download. Race photos can be viewed here or at www.philoconnor.com
Also out on the course was our very own treasurer David Thomas. His photos can be seen at http://sports.webshots.com/album/580134450FWdNja
A bright, sunny but extremely windy day greeted over 360 racers today at the Hampton Open Air pool for Race 2 of the popular 2011 sprint race series. At the sharp end 4 men dipped under the magic hour mark and the male winner was David Bartlett in 58mins 22s with Thames Turbo Powerbar’s Tim Male grabbing 2nd spot in 58mins 42s with an excellent bike split of 32mins 26s given the windy conditions.
In the female race honours went to Thames Turbo Powerbar’s very own super vet Ruth Hutton. The current F45-49 Age Group World Champion’s overall time of 1hr4mins51s included an astonishing bike split of 35.16 on her way to beating the talented Libby Cameron into 2nd place by over 1 min 20s.
Records were also smashed in some of the age groups. Notably 15 year old Luke Penney of Optima (a former Thames Turbo junior) finished a creditable 6th place overall and recorded an excellent time of 1 hour 37s smashing Pav Rooprai’s M15-17 2010 record by nearly 4 mins. Luke Penny is certainly a name to look out for in the future as the lad follows in the footsteps of Tim Don and Stuart Hayes who are also products of the Thames Turbo junior system.
Another super vet Thames Turbo’s Richard Stanhope, a four time Olympian at rowing, silver medalist in the 8 at the 1980 Olympics and a stalwart of the local triathlon scene clocked an impressive 1hr4mins18s to better his own M50-59 2009 record by over 1 min. A truly impressive performance and an inspiration to all.
Well done to all our finishers and don’t forget we still have places available in our popular evening Aquathlon on Thursday 23rd June. Visit www.thamesturbo.com for more details.