Season Opener At East Grinstead Tri

Written by Liz King on . Posted in News

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The 2016 triathlon season really kicks off with the yearly trip to East Grinstead Triathlon, 11 members of Tri Spirit team travelled to race.

This sprint pool based triathlon starts with 500m swim, followed a very testing hilly bike ride of 16miles and finished of with a two loop 5K run around the town.

Steve Berry racing in the elite wave of triathletes finished 5th overall and first in his age group 45-49.

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Steve Berry

Ladies racing saw Julie Bradford in the top ten coming home in 9th place in 1.27.58, shortly followed by Deb Milton who knocked 5minutes off last year time in 1.30.33. For the gents Tom Stanley was on for a personal best as well but unfortunately had a puncture 2miles from the bike finish. Stanley still managed a very good time of 1.31.50. Liz King 1.32.14. Daz Clark racing for the first time since the London Marathon had a cracking race in 1.37.26.

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Deb Milton

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Jacqui Maxted

Jacqui Maxted was in great form coming off a training camp in Majorca, smashed her a personal best by 5 minutes 38 seconds to cross the finished line in 1.39.35. Sophie Steel 1.50.45 and Ali Steed in 2.07.16 Steed also took 5minutes off her previous time. Annie Jeffrey racing the first time for a year crossed the finish in 2.18.16.

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Candy Hawkins

Candy Hawkins racing in her first triathlon took part in the Ladies Try-a-Tri. 250m swim, 15K cycle and 2.5K run. Hawkins known for her running ability raced well and took over 14 ladies on the run section. Hawkins placed 4th overall in 52.13.

Elsewhere Tri Spirit Team members were far and wide.

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Rhys Hunt with his Father

Rhys Hunt took on the incredible Carten 100 Sportive ride in Wales. The route took riders from Cardiff to Tenby, with 5000ft of climbing. Riding at a steady 16 mph and in good spirit. Hunt said: “Over the moon with this, considering I only started all this in September, I’m delighted.”

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Jon Leeson at the start.

Jonathan Leeson raced the Hampshire Hilly Hundred sportive on Sunday.  He completed in under 7 hrs in hot
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