TRIATHLON: Belvoir Tri Club impress at Spa Sprint

Pictured at Woodhall Spa are, from left, back - Karl Hunt, Natalie Eastaugh, Sophie Stanley, Alistair Knott, Rob Spashett, Phil Davies, Wayne France, David Kay, Chris Masters, Andrea Burnham, Neal Burnham and Sophie Hunt; front - Chris Pugh.
Pictured at Woodhall Spa are, from left, back - Karl Hunt, Natalie Eastaugh, Sophie Stanley, Alistair Knott, Rob Spashett, Phil Davies, Wayne France, David Kay, Chris Masters, Andrea Burnham, Neal Burnham and Sophie Hunt; front - Chris Pugh.
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Eighteen Belvoir Tri Club members competed in the 10th Woodhall Spa Triathlon on Sunday, the final event in the Midlands Sprint Triathlon Series hosted by OSB.

The event has grown from less than 200 competitors to more than 700, and with the demand for novice friendly sprint events massively on the rise, 2016 was their busiest.

The venue – Jubilee Park – offered the 400m swim in a 33m heated outdoor pool, before progressing to the bike section. The 25km bike course was along virtually traffic-free flat country lanes. The 5km run course was straightforward and flat.

In her first triathlon, Andrea Burnham’s sterling effort placed her fourth in the F40-44 age category with a time of 1hr 22min 19sec, pipping husband Neal to the finish line to gain the bragging rights in the family.

Sophie Stanley, competing in her second sprint triathlon, finished third in the F30-34 age category in 1:24:33.

Natalie Eastaugh won the F45-49 age category in 1:22:17 and Catherine Davies crossed the line in 1:22:52, guaranteeing her third place in the overall series in the F35-39s. David Kay clinched third in M34-39 in 1:10:26.

Other results: Chris Pugh 1:11:42, Chris Masters 1:13:45, Wayne France 1:15:30, Andrew Spencer 1:16:06, Rob Spashett 1:18:29, Neal Burnham 1:24:09, Ian Hancocks 1:24:37, Alistair Knott 1:30:03, Suzanne Britz 1:31:20, Ruth Dunstan 1:35:04, Tracey Poole 1:39:22 (relay team), Louise Perry 1:46:21.

Ove Andresen and Martin Jolly competed in the Boskman Middle Distance Triathlon in the New Forest, Hampshire, on Sunday.

The race featured a 2.7km swim, 125km cycle and a tough 21.1km run.

Ove finished in 7:08:35, 26th overall and first in AG, whilst Martin recorded 7:26:11 for 34th overall and first in AG.

Ove Andresen commented: “The bike leg was just amazing in the beautiful New Forest, although it was interesting avoiding wild horses, donkeys and cows, with lots of cattle grids thrown in the mix to shake the internal organs up a bit.”

Newcomer to Belvoir Tri Club, Stephen Hobday competed in the Steelman standard distance triathlon at Eton Dorney over the weekend.

The standard triathlon consists of a 1500m open water swim in the clear, clean waters of the rowing lake before taking to the closed, flat road circuit for an eight-lap bike course, covering 42.4km. The final 10km run followed a four-lap loop along the side of the rowing tank on tarmac paths.

Stephen placed fourth in his age category and 11th overall with a finishing time of 2:25:50.

Tallington Lakes Leisure Park hosted their second triathlon on Sunday, organised by SBR Events. A total of 119 athletes competed in the various multi-distance races on offer.

Participants completed a swim, bike and run over distances: super sprint (400m/9km/2.5km), sprint (750m/24km/5km) or standard (1500m/44km/10km). Athletes swam the warm open water lakes before cycling around the beautiful Lincolnshire villages and running around the park to earn their medals.

Sophie Hunt and Gwenda Williams from Belvoir Tri Club made their debut into open water racing, with Sophie winning first female and third overall in the super sprint distance.

Amanda Bishop, fellow Belvoir member and SBR event organiser said: “We are so pleased that everyone enjoyed this event. We made some positive changes to the course this year and the event ran very smoothly.”