DESPITE it still being early in the triathlon season, Warwickshire squad Do3 showcased determination and team spirit as they raced in Marbella and Pontevedra in Spain, Singapore and the local Southam Triathlon.
Emma Bexson, Corinne Moss, Ian Dickens and Mike Davis were in southern Spain for Ironman 70.3 Marbella. Raced over a 1.9km sea swim, 90km hilly bike and 21km run along the seafront, competition was fierce.
Moss, a Great Britain age group athlete from Bishop’s Itchington, came second in her age group and qualified to take part in the 2019 Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Nice in September.
Moss finished the race in 5:11:08, while Stratford’s Bexson came over the line in 5:41:01. Davis completed his third middle distance race in 5:48:26 and Dickens came over the line in 5:26:47.
Respected age group duathlete Seanin Gilmore raced at the 2019 ITU Pontevedra Multisport World Championships by Santander.
Competing in the standard distance race – 10km run, 40km bike and final 5km run – she finished fourth in her age group, earning the title of fourth fastest in the world. She completed the World Championships in 2:26:42.
Katie Allen raced the Singapore Sprint triathlon and not only won her age group but was second female overall including the professional athletes, whilst Amy Hinton was second in her age group at the gruelling Storm the Castle Duathlon in Ludlow.
She raced a personal best over the 10km run, 33km bike and 5km run course to beat her previous time by 30 minutes.
Also racing at sprint distance at the Southam Triathlon comprising 400m swim, 20km bike and 5km run were Jonathan Ward, Ben Phyall, Bogdan Ene, Lisa Parry, Guy Bicknell, Paul Nash, Alison Robbins, Jenny Jeeves, Jason Robbins, Andrew White, James Hodges, John Wrottesley, Darren Craddock, Andy Brown, Kate Wilson, Adrian Barron, Richard Grindey-Banks and Vicki Hill.
Jeeves put in a great performance, coming second female overall in her first ever triathlon with a time of 1:12:28. Ward was second male over 40 in a time of 1:02:23, while Bicknell came over the line 15 seconds later to finish third-placed veteran.
Do3 head coach Dave Knight said: “They say winter miles give summer smiles – here’s the proof!
“We train hard over the winter and we race harder in the summer. We are on track for another outstanding year as the personal achievements already show.
“Upcoming world finals and confirmed world class placing are fantastic, but so too is the genuine heartfelt camaraderie the squad displays.”