Strange smashes his best time
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