Clare makes GB time


Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sport -

Clare Dono­van made an im­pres­sive re­turn to the sport af­ter a gap of two years in the Shrop­shire Triathlon with third place in her age-group to qual­ify to rep­re­sent Great Bri­tain in the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships at Kitzbuhel in Aus­tria later this month.

The Tri Spirit member fin­ished 240th over­all and third in the women’s 60-64 age group cov­er­ing the 1,500m swim, 40k bike ride and 10k run in two hours, 50 min­utes and 07 sec­onds.

Hus­band Dick fin­ished 216th over­all and eighth in the men’s 60-64 in a time of 2:44.24 but is wait­ing to find out if he has made it to the Euros as well.

Else­where, on a busy week­end of ac­tion, Steve Berry was 11th in the Lough Cu­tra Cas­tle Triathlon in south Gal­way.

The event, orig­i­nally a 1.9k swim, 96k bike ride and 21k run, was re­duced to a duathlon, due to fog on the lake.

Berry, who fin­ished run­ner-up in the 45-49, age group said: “It went bet­ter than I thought it would do with a good first run and bike but the sec­ond run was hor­ri­ble,”

New member Chris Gib­son (1.33) Candy Hawkins (1.37) and lead man Mike Blacker (1.18) com­peted closer to home in the Ocean Lake Tri, Satur­day Su­per Sprint se­ries at Ley­bourne Lakes near Maid­stone.

Gib­son, rac­ing his first triathlon of the sea­son said: “The swim was quicker but still im­prov­ing, first tran­si­tion was hor­rific and needs im­prov­ing.

“My 77th place was about right due to the swim and run but loved the bike sec­tion.”

Hawkins beat her time last year but ad­mit­ted she needed more work on the bike.

How­ever, she swam three min­utes quicker than 12 months ago.

Ali­son Scantle­bury fin­ished fifth (1.24) in the Ayle­sham 10 mile run.

Vicky Aitken­head, new to run­ning this year, com­peted in the Rye 10 fin­ish­ing in 1:51.

Jac­qui and Steve Maxted raced in the Weald Chal­lenge at Hail­sham, com­plet­ing the 13.6-mile trail run half-marathon, in­clud­ing 44 stiles, in 2:12.

Jac­qui said: “It was hot and hilly but it was a great time in hot con­di­tions.” Paul Bras­ing­ton 136th in 2.00.49 Jon Wells raced in the Clum­ber Trail­brazer 10k in Not­ting­ham, fin­ish­ing in 43.16 Two of the club’s run­ners com­peted in the Ed­in­burgh Marathon on Sun­day. Gill Prag­nell ran well in the hot con­di­tions in a time of 3:50.49, while Ed­die Rodger came home in 4:31.52.

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