Horrid conditions fail to faze Do3 athletes - The Stratford Observer

Horrid conditions fail to faze Do3 athletes

Stratford Editorial 25th Sep, 2018   0

THE WEEKEND’S inclement weather did not put a stop to athletes from Dave Knight’s Do3 triathlon squad claiming podium places and qualifying for Ironman 70.3 World Championships.

Corinne Moss, Jamie Chatfield, Andrew Mcleish, Naomi Robb, Leighanne Earley, Guy Cochrane and Cameron Craik raced at 2018 Ironman 70.3 Weymouth, which was made up of a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile rolling bike and 13.1-mile run.

Despite the torrential, blustery and cold conditions, Moss and Chatfield were both third in their age group in a time of 5:05:49 and 4:47:34 respectively.

Craik was seventh overall in a hugely competitive age group with a time of 4:33:25 and Chatfield qualified to represent GB at age group in the Ironman 70.3 World Championships to be held in 2019.

Stratford’s Becky Brown completed her second Ironman, having taken part in 2018 Ironman 5150 Cervia Triathlon Emilia Romagna. In temperatures of up to 35 degrees, she completed the 2.4m swim, 112m bike and 26.2m run.

Closer to home, Wellesbourne’s Ben Phyall took part in the Olympic-distance triathlon at Hever Castle and competed the race in testing conditions in 3:08.

The Do3 squad is now gearing up for the middle-distance season finale – the 2018 Ibiza ETU Middle Distance Triathlon – which takes place at the end of October.

A dozen of the squad will compete at age group representing either GB or their home nation.

Head coach Knight said: “It was such a great day for the squad at Ironman 70.3 Weymouth. There were fantastic performances including two podiums and a World Championship qualification.

“The talent on the course was phenomenal and it goes to show that, while 4:33 is an amazing time, at age group the competition is really stiff.”

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