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Do3 Squad News and Strava Update - Big Squad Day out in Weymouth!

Wow! I thought last week was busy! This weeks overall training time winner is Richard Eden. Anyone who was anywhere near Facebook on Sunday will have no doubt see the flurry of posts about Richards big day out at Ironman Weymouth! (but more on that below). 

Sarah Jane McDonnell has finally been knocked off the top of the swim charts by Alan Coley Smith. Alan is making up for all that lost swimming time caused by jetting around the world climbing mountains and going to far flung places! Alan spent a huge 4:37hrs in the water. Alan, with that amount of swim time, you will be back flying in no time!

Top of the bike charts is Shin Braich with 9:17hrs worth of time in the saddle. Great work again Shin, but lets get you back out of your comfort zone and in the wet-stuff shall we?!

Finally Mel Knight topped the running charts with 4:05hrs on her feet. This included a great 1:50 at Kenilworth Half Marathon. Great running Mel – well done!

In terms of races, last weekend was a big one! Firstly, over at the Stratford Big 10k Toni Gaskins ran a PB to get round this rapidly growing race in a rapid 48:55 (thankfully I have no scary Toni pics for you this week!).

Over at the Vitruvian Middle Distance Triathlon Sam Nicholson had a breakthrough race and finished sub-5 in a time of 4:53 despite the poor conditions. Sam has been working hard to qualify for a GB Middle Distance World and/or European Championships slot – I suspect this performance will be good enough Sam so good luck and let us know when you get confirmation!

In Coventry at the Raceways Coventry Sprint Triathlon Dan Hall was putting in a final blast at the end of the season. He came home in a respectable 1:25:17 to finish 9th in his age group. Good work Dan!

It wouldn't be a normal race weekend unless Paul Nash was doing a half Ironman! This weekend was no different and Paul was over in Germany at Ironman 70.3 Reugen. Despite having raced so much this season, Paul has shown consistent progress and again set a new PB with a time of 6:12:18. Paul is well on course for an Ironman All World Athlete Award at the end of the season as recognition for all the hard work he has put in this year. Again, great work Paul – well done.

Ironman Weymouth and Ironman 70.3 Weymouth. It was a big day out in Weymouth with no fewer than SEVEN Do3 Squadders racing this inaugural event. This is a challenging course that see's competitors take on a 1900m sea swim, a 56 mile hilly bike and then a 13.1 run around Weymouth itself (of course those doing the full Ironman did double this!). Firstly, in the 70.3 Richard Shephard was first home in an incredible time of 4:31:03 to earn him 2nd place in his age group and 14th overall. Richard is off to race at the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii in just a few weeks time so all is looking bang on track for him right now! Next to finish was Pete Wharton in a time of 6:01:53 closely followed by Alison Bagnall in 6:02:09. Alison was 3rd in her age group and picked up a lovely Ironman trophy for her efforts. Matt Taylor was next home in 6:03:43. Pete, Alison and Matt all finishing with 2 minutes of each other with some very impressive times – great work guys! Last (but by no means least) Do3 finisher in the 70.3 was Lill Earley, who completed in 7:12:13. Super result Lill (nice bike too! :) ).

Now onto the full Ironman. Only two were brave enough to tackle the big one. Firstly, Steven Hession put together splits of 1:20 (swim), 6:31 (bike) and 4:02 (run) to come home in a solid 12:05:00. Well done Steven! Finally, Richard Eden. Richard doesn't like his age being highlighted (but on this occasion I'm going to do it anyway!) but he was literally the oldest competitor in the race at 68 years young. Taking on a full Ironman at any age is an amazing achievement, but at 68 years this attempt was something special. Richard has been building up to this race and training hard for many months and I have been both amazed and proud to see how much progress he made during this time. I'm sure by his own admission, Richard was never going to finish with hours to spare, it was always going to be close (especially with Weymouth having a shorter than usual 16:30hrs cut-off). Richard made it through the 3.8k swim with ease in 1:35:14. He then overcame a huge hurdle in also making the bike cut off with a time of 8:25:20. Finally onto the run. Richard made good progress through the run and was on target until around 15 miles when the fatigue of nearly 14 hours of constant exercise finally caught up with him. It was looking unlikely that he would finish before the 23:30 deadline so Richards race was brought to an end. This was a hugely valiant effort on Richards part and he was SO close. Richard, when you read this, I just want to say that I am so proud of you and the amount of effort you put into this. I believe you can complete so think about coming back and getting that medal you deserve!

Spot Prize. This weeks prize can only go to one person really, and that's Richard Eden. Again, top effort all round Richard, super well done! (Not sure you want to think about running right now, but the prize is a pair of X-Socks running socks!).

Other bits and bobs…… 

Our Strava Group is still growing and is now up to 32 members! Keep putting the work in gang. It is great to see what everyone is doing and it really does inspire!

We still need some little spot prizes for our Strava competitions so if you have anything to donate (it doesn't matter what size or even if its not sport related, just a token) please get in touch. 

Don't get offended if I forget you! The squad is getting pretty big now and as a result a lot of people are doing races and other great things. I try my best to catch what everyone is up to but I will no-doubt miss some along the way. PLEASE don't be offended if I do – maybe just drop me a message bragging about what you have been doing, that will help :)

Interested in finding out more about the Do3 Swim Squads at Stratford upon Avon Leisure Centre or wish to sign up?  Click Here

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