A fortnight of opposing weather conditions put Do3 triathletes to the test. The respected Midlands squad, managed by award winning coach Dave Knight, was faced with last weekend’s soaring heat, in sharp contrast to the torrential conditions of the previous weekend.
Seanin Gilmore raced at the 2019 Targu Mures ETU Multisport European Championships and took to the podium in 2nd place overall. Competing in the Duathlon Sprint European Championships she represented Ireland and added the silver medal to her trophy cabinet. The accomplished athlete will also race on Wednesday and take part in the Duathlon Standard European Championships over a 10km run, 37.5km bike and final 5km run. She will be joined in Romania by fellow Do3 athletes Toni Senior, Anita Howe, Stephanie Cox and Corinne Moss who will race in triathlon events at the European Championships.
Over the weekend, 29-30 June, Carl James represented Do3 at Leeds Castle Standard Distance. Part of the ITU Qualifier. The event drew a highly competitive field over the 1500m open water swim, 40km bike and 10km trail run. He completed the event with a 25 min swim, 1:16 bike and 48 min run and was 20th in his age group. Richard Grindey-Banks raced in the Hereford Triathlon and recorded a personal best over the sprint distance event with a time of 1:15. Jeremy Emmett competed in the Abersoch Sprint Triathlon and James Hodges completed the Centurion Triathlon, a 100km race made up of 2km swim, 82km bike and 16km run and finished in 5:08:41.
Last weekend’s sweltering conditions were in sharp contrast to 22-23 June, when Ben Phyall took part in his first full distance triathlon and earned him the title Ironman. He competed in Ironman Ireland in 10:34 in torrential rain which caused the cancellation of the swim element. Despite this, competitors including Alistair Brownlee, raced the 180km bike course and a full marathon. Ben completed the bike in 6:09 and the 40.3km run in 4:13.
At Rutland Water, Ian Wileman competed in the middle distance Dambuster Triathlon. He completed the 1.5km swim, 42km bike and 10km event in 3:58 despite a sickness picked up during the swim.
In sunnier France, Sara Northover raced at Triathlon des 3 Fountaines completing the 750m swim, 20km bike and 5km run to be 1stin her age group and 14thoverall.
Dave Knight, Do3’s head coach comments; ‘Congratulations to everyone who has been racing in very trying conditions! And good luck to everyone who is heading to the Europeans too, we have a large contingency heading to Romania as well as several of the squad heading to take part in Ironman Austria at the weekend. Hard work pays off and the squad are showing this in abundance!’
Do3 is mentored and managed by award winning coach Dave Knight and is made up of over 200 Midlands-based athletes; from triathlon enthusiasts and international age group competitors to professional athletes. Squad members are given access to a dedicated app that manages swim and run sessions, contains up-coming events, leader boards, rewards and special offers.