Con­di­tions bring out best

Hole Park races

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Records tum­bled in the spring sun­shine at Hole Park, near Rol­ven­den, as more than 150 ath­letes took part in the se­ries of races on Sun­day.

Ath­letes could take on a sprint or stan­dard moun­tain bike duathlon, a 5k or 10k trail run – with or with­out their dog – and a 40k or 100k sportive on the day.

First home in a record time for the stan­dard dis­tance MTB duathlon was lo­cal ath­lete Nick Collins rac­ing for Torq Tri, in 1hr 58min 47sec, with Tom Baker in sec­ond place in 2:13.55 and James Tay­lor-Mead­hurst third in 2:16.50.

Claire Hitch­ings, of Team Brave­heart, won the ladies’ event in 2:18.39.

Sandy Matthews won the sprint tri in 1:25.32, with Leigh Har­ris sec­ond in 1:28.00, and David Lid­dle, of Brighton Tri Club, third in 1:31.09.

The 5k run was won by Yian­nis Christodoulou, of Can­ter­bury Har­ri­ers, who blitzed the course in 21.16.

Tri Spirit Team’s Chris Cos­tiff won the ladies’ race in 25.40. The 10k was won by Matt Brit­ton in 40.34, with Gill O’Con­nor, of Tri Spirit Team, tak­ing the ladies’ race in 54.07.

The sportive saw Tom White, of Weald Tri Club, fin­ish first in the 100k in 3:26.29. Polly Miller won the 40k in 1:39.13. The cani­cross events proved es­pe­cially pop­u­lar this year, with more peo­ple choos­ing to run with their dog than with­out.

The 5k cani­cross event was won by Med­way Tri’s Rory Hopcraft, with Ali­son Bell, of Kent Cani­cross, cross­ing the line as first lady in 25.31.

Heather Jen­ner, of Brighton & Hove Cani­cross Run­ners, crossed the line as first lady in 23.22, with her dog Banjo.

The 10k cani­cross event was won by Andy Bap­tie in 48.28. Brighton Tri Club’s Leanne Garner fin­ished as first lady, just be­hind in 48.34.

Liz King, event di­rec­tor for Tri Spirit Events, said: “It was an amaz­ing day. It is rare for us to get such in­cred­i­ble weather and the lead-up to the event was also drier than nor­mal, so the course was less muddy and made for faster times.

“Many ath­letes have re­turned for this event year af­ter year but it was also great to see so many peo­ple get­ting in­volved in the cani­cross, too.

“We are con­stantly look­ing at ways to add to what we of­fer at this venue and we are con­sid­er­ing adding an on­road duathlon to this event for next year to widen the ap­peal.”

Other Tri Spirit Team mem­bers tak­ing part in­cluded Am­ber King (33.43), Clare Donovan (34.01) and Steve O’Lough­lin (42.35) in the 5k, and Candy Hawkins, who fin­ished the 40k sportive in 1:57.29. In the 5k cani­cross Ali­son Scantle­bury (30.17) was run­ning for the first time with her dog. The trout an­gler will see more sur­face feed­ing and the fi­nal hour in the evening can bring great re­wards. The sea an­gler will find sport im­prov­ing with the sum­mer species ar­riv­ing and let us hope the mack­erel show, as they are among the nicest fish to eat in the sea. Fresh­wa­ter an­glers can look for­ward to those early and late ses­sions for the most iconic of sum­mer species – the tench. Take a leaf out of the carp an­glers’ book and just scale down a lit­tle on tackle and bait to en­joy some su­per sum­mer sport. The lat­est open com­pe­ti­tion at the Sand­wich fish­ery com­plex was won by venue reg­u­lar Peter Joiner with a haul of 50lb 10oz. Drawn in a wind­ward cor­ner, he took full ad­van­tage of this to land carp to 10lb. Sec­ond from the same area was ‘Bamba’ with 28lb 10oz and third spot went to Aldrid Wright with a mixed bag for 18lb 6oz. I saw some lovely big perch in with the nets and would not be sur­prised to see a few big fish from this com­plex. Visit www.sand­wich­fish­ery. co.uk for more in­for­ma­tion. Dun­geness an­gler Dave WoodBrig­nall went west­wards to Hast­ings and came away a win­ner. He was top rod in the 34-an­gler match with 7lb 14oz that in­cluded the big­gest fish. Sec­ond spot went to P Stevens with 7lb 4oz and third was B Arnold with 6lb 7oz. Dog­fish and plaice fea­tured in the catches.

Pic­ture: Liz King

Ath­letes ready for the off in the sun­shine at Hole Park on Sun­day

Keith Haynes

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