Strange smashes his best time


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Pierre Godof won the first Owler Full Triathlon at Ash­ford on Sun­day.

The un­at­tached V40 cat­e­gory en­trant com­pleted the course in 10hr 35min 59sec, fin­ish­ing ahead of Tri Spirit’s Neil Strange whose 11:00.19 bet­tered his pre­vi­ous best by around 45 min­utes. Lee McNulty (11:15.26) was third.

The ladies’ race was won by Katie Sherwood in 11:23.01, fol­lowed home Lucy Tom­lin­son (12:46.25), with Gill El­stub (13:17.12) third in. A codling for Danny Jago tipped the scales in his favour in the lat­est Martin Wal­ters Sea An­gling Club late night beach com­pe­ti­tion. Fish­ing at Sandgate, Jago weighed in 5lb 4oz, well ahead of sec­ond-placed Phil Tan­ner who man­aged 1lb 8oz. Third place went to Shaun Carey with 1lb 6oz. The ma­jor ju­nior com­pe­ti­tion in the re­gion dur­ing the month is the sec­ond of the Deal 1919 An­gling Club ju­nior’s pier fes­ti­vals which is on Au­gust 27. Fish­ing is from Deal pier stem

Two com­peti­tors com­pleted the ‘dou­ble iron’ week­end – An­thony Gerun­dini (Tritalk) and Matt Win-Smith (Farn­ham Tri Club).

Winn-Smith (11:31.26), won the duel, fin­ish­ing two places ahead of Gerun­dini (11:43.38). The team event was won by Team Crosskeys in 11:18.46.

Host club Tri Spirit’s Tom Stan­ley came home in 11:55.51, while Rob Swin­erd, the only Ash­ford Tri com­peti­tor in the field, fin­ished in 14:45.62. Swin­erd’s months of train­ing paid off. He set times of 1:13.30 in the swim, 7:16.54 on the bike and 5:42 in the marathon.

Deal Tri’s Edward Crock­ett won the sprint event in 1:12.16, 31 sec­onds ahead of run­ner-up Stephen Hoare (Ac­tive Life) in 1:12.47, with ladies’ win­ner Deb­o­rah Hope (Med­way Tri) third in 1:14.14.

Sam May (1:21.45), of Tuff Fitty Tri, was the sec­ond lady home.

Tri Spirit’s Julie Brad­ford (57.47) won the Sprint Aquabike, beat­ing all her male ri­vals, with Carl Ward (Ful-on Tri) run­ner-up (57.50), and Nick Austen (Ocean Lake Tri) third in 1:00.28.

Spe­cial men­tion goes to John Brown who raced his first Half Tri at the age of 79, fin­ish­ing in 8:14.41. from 11am un­til 3pm and all ju­niors un­der 16 are wel­come. Ev­ery en­try wins a prize and the en­try fee of £1 in­cludes pier ticket and mem­ber­ship of the Deal 1919 An­gling Club for a year. Full de­tails from Pat Heath on 01304 361248. The LRF event at Sam­phire Hoe on Sun­day has been can­celled due to a of lack of en­tries. The Cinque Ports An­gling So­ci­ety fished their lat­est com­pe­ti­tion for the Wagstaff Shield at Alder­gate which is a deeper sec­tion of the Royal Mil­i­tary canal west of the Dam at West Hythe. The venue had pro­duced a 10lb tench in re­cent weeks but only the smaller spec­i­mens were caught by the CPAS com­peti­tors with match sec­re­tary, Paul Mus­son top­ping the weights with 2.900kg which in­cluded a tench. Sec­ond was Jack Sul­li­van, of Folke­stone, with 2.160kg, he also in­cluded a tench. Third was, Lau­rie Web­ster, of Hythe, with 2.110kg. At Rad­nor Park, more than 300lb of fish were weighed in at the lat­est Folke­stone and Shep­way Sun­day league event with my­self scor­ing the top weight of 51lb 15oz, which in­cluded a carp or 8lb 5oz. Sec­ond was Steve Cum­mings, of Folke­stone, with 49lb 2oz, in­clud­ing the best mir­ror carp of 6lb 3oz which took the species pool prize. At Cot­ting­ton Lakes, near Deal, the Match Lake pro­duced a 76.640kg net of carp in the lat­est open event for Can­ter­bury an­gler Ian Richie. At Bewl Wa­ter, near Lam­ber­hurst, the trout fish­ing has re­mained dif­fi­cult in the heat. The trout are still mostly be­ing caught deep in the area near the tow­ers but are ris­ing to the sur­face to chase fry. Sev­eral an­glers are catch­ing them on the sur­face on a float­ing line with minkies and nymphs. Open fresh­wa­ter com­pe­ti­tions com­ing up in­clude an event at Eureka Fish­ery, Ash­ford, on Au­gust 30. It’s for the big­gest carp only. En­try is £20 and fish­ing is from 9.30am un­til 4.30pm. To pre-book, tele­phone 07935697961.

Ash­ford Tri’s Robert Swin­erd in ac­tion dur­ing the Owler Triathlon

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