Event changed to duathlon

Brett Ash­ford Triathlon

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sport -

The clo­sure of Con­ning­brook Lake failed to dampen the en­thu­si­asm of com­peti­tors in the Brett Ash­ford Triathlon on Sun­day.

Tox­i­c­ity lev­els more than 10 times the al­lowed limit for a blue-green al­gae led to the En­vi­ron­ment Agency to ad­vise against swim­ming or any other wa­ter sports tak­ing place there, mean­ing the event took the form of a duathlon, with the first sec­tion in both the stan­dard and sprint dis­tances re­placed by a 2.5k run.

Event di­rec­tor Liz King said: “The week lead­ing up to the event was very chal­leng­ing af­ter be­ing in­formed there was no pos­si­bil­ity of us­ing the wa­ter. At such short notice it was not pos­si­ble to find an al­ter­na­tive venue.

“Most com­peti­tors were very sup­port­ive of the de­ci­sion to change the event to a duathlon – some­thing done as stan­dard when it’s not pos­si­ble to swim on safety or other grounds.”

Noel Sutton, of Deal Tri, won the stan­dard event, made up of a 40k bike ride and 5k run, in a time of one hour 54 min­utes 12 sec­onds, more than two min­utes ahead of run­ner-up James El­li­son (BBBC) in 1:56.53, with Shaun Wood (Ful-on-Tri) third in 1:59.58.

Tri Spirit’s Tom Stan­ley fin­ished in 2:21.42, and Dar­ren Clark in 2:31.50.

Katie Tom­son won the ladies’ event in 2:34.30, less than a sec­ond ahead of Alexan­dra Rob­son in one of the clos­est fin­ishes ever, with Emma Pope third in 2:36.40.

Tri Spirit’s Jac­qui Maxted won her age group, com­ing home in 2:41.13,

Club­mate Tom Stan­ley fin­ished in 2.21.42, with Dar­ren Clark com­ing home in 2.31.50. Rhys Hunt, com­pet­ing in his first ever mul­ti­sport event, recorded a time of 2:45.46.

Matthew Finch won the sprint event in a rapid 1:05.51, with Stephen Hoare (Ac­tive Life Tri Club) sec­ond in 1:06.00, and Ash­ford Tri’s Ross Sadd third in 1:12.35.

Tri Spirit’s Damian Weiss (1:17.03) was fol­lowed by club­mates Chris Gib­son (1:24.49) and David White­head (1:37.25).

First home in the ladies’ sprint event was Sue Cooper in 1:18.18, ahead of He­len 1.33.54, and Re­becca Hobby third in 1.44.56.

Aquabike com­peti­tors were hard­est hit by be­ing un­able to use the lake. They started with a short run into tran­si­tion, be­fore set­ting out on their bikes to com­plete ei­ther 40k (stan­dard) or 20k (sprint).

Dan Du­ran, of Crys­tal Palace Triath­letes, won the stan­dard event in 1:07.22, while the sprint sec­tion went to Nick Isaac­son in 36.56.

Mean­while, ques­tion marks still sur­round whether the Owler Triathlon will take place next month

King has said an al­ter­na­tive lake for the swim sec­tion has been se­lected if Con­ning­brook can­not be used.

More de­tails will be con­firmed at the start of July.

Far left, stan­dard ladies’ win­ner Katie Tom­son, run­ner-up Alexan­dra Rob­son (sec­ond left) and third­placed Emma Pope (third right), with event di­rec­tor Liz King, far left, and Mayor of Ash­ford Cllr George Koowa­ree and Charles Clark from Brett Group. Left, No.164 Ross Sadd, of Ash­ford Tri Club, third in the sprint event

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