National honours were awarded at the Owler Triathlon middle distance event last weekend, which had been chosen by the governing body for this year’s championships.
Age group winners were individually crowned national champions for both male and female for the event , which had to be changed considerably in the last two weeks because of ongoing problems with blue green algae at Conningbrook Lake.
The event, a 1900m swim at the Brett Group site in Lydd, was followed by a point-to-point 87K bike ride to the Julie Rose Stadium, and a 21K run around Conninbrook Lake and Naccolt.
Tom Foster of Team Cranc took top spot at the middle distance event last weekend, finishing in an impressive 4.22.10. He was followed home by Peter Hogben of Deal Tri in 4.27.57, and Gary Laybourne of South London Harriers in 4.33.37.
The ladies’ winner – and third overall in the event – was Chantal Cummings of Team N+1 Endurance in 4.30.55, with Laura Fiddler of ETE Trisutto in second in 4.53.05, and Laura Addie of Tri Force third in 4.55.55.
There was also a standard distance triathlon – a 1500m swim, 45K bike and 10K run – on the same day, which was won by Carlo Nebuloni in 2.32.09, with Kieran Green of Brighton Tri Club second in 2.44.33, and Elliot Green of Windrush Tri Club third in 2.47.28.
First lady home in this event was Cathy Strickland in 2.58.28, with Dana Sweeney of Clapham Chasers second in 3.00.47, and Erica Martin of Brighton Phoenix Triathlon Club third 3.06.43.
Both events also had aquabike options – where athletes do the swim and bike but no run. First home in the half aquabike was Nick Isaacson in 3.90.15, with Jeremy Purnell of Crystal Palace Triathletes second in 3.11.15, and David Fowler of Deal Tri third in 3.12.23.
Maria Powell of Bike Science-Boardman Elite was the ladies’s winner in 3.12.31, with Hilary Powell of Adalta CC second in 3.31.44, and Megan Davies Brighton Multisports was third in 3.37.23.
The standard aquabike was won by Sean Hagell in 2.02.41, with Sean Collins second in 2.03.33 and Graham Jacobs third in 2.06.42. First lady home was Katherine Rowney of Serpentine Running Club in 2.29.37.
Tri Spirit Team had a strong showing in the national championship event, with Nick Whitfield leading the team home on the middle distance in 5.19.07, followed by Neil Strange (5.48.08), Tom Stanley (5.48.36), Debbie Milton (5.57.50) Alex Ford (6.37.06) and Jacqui Maxted (6.57.54).
Julie Bradford of Tri Spirit took on the standard tri, finishing in 3.18.31, while Amber King and Jo Coshell worked as a team to take on the standard tri. Coshell did the swim in 38.10, with King taking on the bike and the run to finish in a time of 3.32.20. They took second place on the team event podium, with Try 4 Tri coming first in 3.29.58.
Liz King, event director for Tri Spirit Events, said: “This event was very hard work to put on with the logistical changes we had to deal with to ensure competitors could do a swim at all. But on the whole, it was a good event and we have had some brilliant feedback.
“There were some issues for some of the lead men due to signage being moved or taken from the course, which we did our best to solve, including rebuilding the bike course three times on the day itself, but a very small proportion of the competitors were affected.
“We do not intend to operate a split transition for this event next year, and are currently planning this. We will be opening entries soon.”
The next event for Tri Spirit is the Chilham Castle Duathlon, which is on October 15 and includes a sprint and standard duathlon, 5K and 10K run events, and 5K and 10K canicross events with different start times. More info