Hard work pays off for Do3 - The Stratford Observer

Hard work pays off for Do3

Stratford Editorial 2nd Aug, 2018   0

WARWICKSHIRE triathlon squad, Do3, travelled to complete long distance races in Switzerland, Germany and the UK.

The squad each drew on numerous months of endurance training to test their individual mettle over a distance of a 2.4 mile swim, 112-mile bike and a 26.2-mile run.

In the UK at Outlaw Triathlon, Nottingham, competitors had to contend with blustery and wet conditions. Neil Stannard from Stratford-upon-Avon finished the race in 11:39:09 with Carl James, from Bidford-on-Avon, completing the distance in a time of 11:56:38.

Other members of Do3 taking part in Outlaw included Mark Loosmore, Neil Bowler, Neil Wicks and Ricky Davies, while Jason Robbins crossed the line to become an ‘Outlaw’ in 14:52:38.

Ian Dickens took part in a relay team and was the first mixed team at the event having run the marathon stage in 3:10:27.

Dawn Rahman, who was racing her fifth Ironman, and Jan Richards, from Warwick, were in Germany for Ironman Hamburg. Due to soaring temperatures and algae in the water, the traditional swim element was swapped for a 6km run prior to the 112-mile bike and 26.2-mile run.

Joe Lee, from Quinton, took on his first ever race at full distance by racing at Ironman Switzerland. In glorious conditions, including a non-wetsuit swim, he completed the event in 12:15:58.

Other events raced by the squad comprised Ride London and Blithfield Triathlon in Staffordshire where Paul Squire posted a personal best time at sprint distance.

Dave Knight, head coach, said: ‘It’s been another weekend of fantastic feats by every single person. Full distance racing demands endurance, tenacity and some serious hours training.

“Everyone who took part deserves a huge commendation for the time they put in and the results they’ve achieved. Like their families, I’m immensely proud of what they achieved and how they continue to raise the bar for Do3 triathletes.”

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