STRATFORD Triathlon Club ace Seanin Gilmore powered her way to victory in the Sprint Plus Race at Castle Howard Triathlon, part of the Castle Triathlon Series.
The route was an 800m lake swim followed by an undulating 46km bike route before finishing with an 8km cross country run around the Castle Howard estate.
Gilmore was delighted with her victory, stating: “It was a tough race. In particular the run was fairly gruelling but incredibly well organised and marshaled, a terrific atmosphere.
“It was the perfect race for me in terms of distance. I’m so happy to have my first triathlon win!”
Gilmore finished in 02:32.37, a clear nine minutes ahead of the second placed female competitor.
STC stalwart Emma Bexson was aiming to consolidate her GB age group selection at the Owler Middle Distance Triathlon in Kent.
The race was made all the more challenging by the organisers having to change the location of the lake swim due to water quality issues at the original course.
This meant there was a split transition so where competitors left their goggles and hat after the swim would be a different location to their running shoes. This was logistically tricky for even the most organised triathlete.
There were also some signage issues on the bike, with several competitors doing a few extra miles as a result.
Bexson “did a few extra miles” but remains positive about her overall race. She finished fifth female overall in a time of 05:07:51 and is now making plans for her main race of the season – Ironman Copenhagen – in mid-August.