Maguire tops the lot in North Norfolk triathlon

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TRIATHLON

IT WAS another successful weekend for West Suffolk Wheelers triathletes. The juniors were in action at the North Norfolk Triathlon where Alice Maguire, on exemplary form, took first place overall.

An impressive race saw Maguire third out of the 300m pool swim, take the lead on the 8km cycle and finish with an excellent run over the 2.4km course.

Johan Hasselder, also on form, took second place in Tri Star 1 group. However, with the winner being a non-club athlete, Hasselder took maximum points for the league.

Both Hasselder and Maguire are in a strong position to finish in the top three in the Eastern Region League.

In the senior section, Lee Sole and Adrian Barbrooke were competing at the Walden Sprint Tri, held in Saffron Walden.

This was a tough course by sprint triathlon standards, comprising a 750m pool swim, two laps of an undulating 12.5km cycle circuit and a 5km run with an energy sapping hill climb. They also had to battle the elements, as the sun was out in full force for the run.

Sole, having not long returned from injury, had a fine result, finishing 18th overall and 10th in age group in a time of 1:23:27.

Barbrooke continued his season’s fine start with sixth overall and his first age group victory in a time of 1:19:26, finishing more than five minutes ahead of his age group’s second placed man.

A number of seniors are competing at the Norwich Triathlon this weekend which, due to high levels of blue green algae, has been changed to a duathlon with a 5km run replacing the swim leg.

The juniors are also competing in Norwich this weekend, at the Norwich Junior Tri.

EUROPEAN TRI

WEST Suffolk Wheelers Anne and Grayhame Fish have just returned from Spain after representing Great Britain in their respected age groups at the European Triathlon Championships, held in Pontevedra.

Both were competing in the sprint event, which consisted of a 750m open water swim, 19km cycle and 5km run.

Grayhame completed the course in 1:27:24, finishing 11th in age group.

Team GB took gold, silver and bronze in the ladies’ 60-64 age category, with Anne striding home to pick up the silver medal after overtaking the bronze medal winner in the final stages of the run in sight of the finish line.

Anne completed the course in 1:32:18.

TIME TRIALS

WEST Suffolk Wheelers and Tri Club members, Tricia Goulden and Peter Balls, both set new club 100-mile records on Sunday.

The ladies’ record was 5:00.47 set on August 27, 1967. Tricia beat the time with 4h45.24.

The men’s previous record was 4:01.34, set in September 1970. Peter finished in a time of 3:46.

Tony Panting and Ray Legg took part in the Godric CC 50-mile TT. Tony in a time of 2:19.05 and Ray in 2:39.52.

David Young and Mark Eastwood rode a 2up in the Victoria CC 10.2-mile with 27.28, and Ron Back finished in 27.30.