01/10/17 – Lydd EOS Sprint

Ten Tunbridge Wells Triathletes braved challenging conditions for the End of Season Sprint race in Lydd. The prospect of autumnal rain and brutal headwinds didn’t dampen spirits at this low key event, that had been selected as the Club Championships. The race started with a 530m open water swim before the 20km bike leg out to Camber Sands and back. The wind made bike handling unnerving for some and progress was slow as athletes battled the elements. The race concluded with a 5.3km run loop around the lakes.

The race was won by Thomas White in 1hr03. The Weald Triathlete led from start to finish, capitalising on the fastest swim split of the day. Kieran Fitzpatrick was first home for the club, claiming second place overall in 1hr04. A strong bike leg saw him move up from 17th place after the swim before maintaining his position on the run. Dave Mahon claimed first vet and third place overall in a time of 1hr07. Consistent splits across all disciplines kept him away from the rapidly chasing Lloyd Collier who recorded the second fastest run leg of the day to finish third for the club and fourth overall in 1hr08.

The ladies also enjoyed podium success with Pippa Whitby claiming second place in 1hr19. Suzanna Kinsella followed shortly after in 1hr25 to take third place overall. Clare Roche continued her good form to finish first F60.