Do3 up the races and pace - The Stratford Observer

Do3 up the races and pace

Stratford Editorial 3rd Jul, 2018   0

WARWICKSHIRE triathlon squad Do3 upped their endurance at the weekend by taking part in various middle and full-distance triathlon competitions across the UK and Europe.

Professional triathlete and Stratford resident Eloise du Luart was in Lahti, Finland, for Ironman 70.3 Finland which comprised a 1.9km swim, 90km bike and 21.1km run. She completed the swim in 30:41, the cycle in 2:31:34 and run in 1:35:01.

Fellow Do3 squad members John Taplin from Warwick and Yusuf Ibrahim-Zai from Dorridge were in Austria for the 2018 Ironman Austria-Kärnten.

The full distance triathlon was raced over a 3.86km lake swim, 180.25km bike through the mountains and finished with a 42.20km run. Ibrahim-Zai stormed to the finish in a time of 10:23:14.

In the UK, Peter Wharton and Ben Phyall from Wellesbourne represented Do3 in Scotland at the 2018 Ironman 70.3 Edinburgh which covered a 1.9km swim, 90km bike and 21.1km run against the historic backdrop of the city of Edinburgh.

Phyall finished in 5:38:18, with Wharton completing the 70.3km distance in 5:52:39.

Also competing at middle distance were Stoneleigh’s Steven Hession and Coventry’s Guy Bicknell who took part in the Outlaw Half Holkham Triathlon in Norfolk. The event took place in searing temperatures and racers had to face strong cross-winds during the cycle.

Bicknell finished in the top nine per cent overall, completing the race in 5:05:37, whilst Hession clocked 5:25:41.

Paul Nash from Stratford was in winning form again at St Neots Triathlon. He raced the standard-distance course made up of a 1.5km swim, 45km bike and 10km run, in 3:11:07 and took second place in his age group.

At Isoman Aquabike, Tasha Redman finished as first-placed woman.

Evesham resident Redman said: “I’m thrilled with the advances I’ve made. My swim is without doubt down to Dave (Knight, head coach) and the regular Do3 squad sessions I’ve attended.

“Early mornings, speed sets and some arduous endurance swims have ultimately paid off and I can’t thank Dave enough as he ultimately saved me seven minutes off last year’s swim time.”

Knight added: “We’ve plenty more to come, especially this coming weekend when Seanin McPherson appears at the 2018 Fyn ITU Sprint Distance Duathlon World Championships in Denmark and then several of the squad head to Scotland for the Age Group Sprint Distance European Championships in Glasgow.”

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