Do3’s athletes were in peak form again at the weekend competing races in The Netherlands and UK. Marcus Gaskell took part in Challenge Almere-Amsterdam, a European long-distance championship race. He completed the 3.8km open water swim, 180km bike and 42.2km run in 10:38:18 and placed 16th in his age group.
Several other Do3 squad also raced long-distance courses and competed in Ironman Wales. Emma Bexson was 1st in her age group having completed the sea swim, mountainous bike and run in a blistering 11:31:59. Her performance earns her a coveted place at the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii. Also competing at Ironman Wales were Stuart Mckay, Charles John (12:36:04), Mark Woo (12:04:45), Neil Stannard (13:12:11), Ricky Davies (15:29:26), Darryl Wilkes (14:33:04) and Mark Loosmore (13:14:14).
At middle distance, where races are made up of a 1.9km swim, 90km bike and 21km run; the squad was in force at the Vitruvian Triathlon in Rutland Water. Katy O’Neill secured a sub-five hour race and took to the podium as 2nd in her age group. Andrew White posted a personal best on the course and at middle distance in 4:47:59, and Joe Lee completed the race in 4:55:07. Benn Chatt completed his first middle distance event in 5:32:30
Ben Phyall represented Do3 at Brighton and Hove triathlon, a standard distance competition made up of a 1.5km sea swim, 40km bike and 10km run in a time of 2:24:21.
At sprint distance Michael Griffiths competed in Saundersfoot Wales Sprint Triathlon and finished the 750m sea swim, 20km bike and 5km run in 1:31:53 meanwhile Tasha Chandler was 6th in her age group at Derby Sprint Triathlon in 1:09:34.
Georgina Lord, who has recently been selected to be part of the GB Paratriathlon Talent Squad was on winning form again. She took part in the inaugural Muller Para-Track Grand Prix racing sprint distances where she won the 400m, 800m and was 2nd in the 1500m sprint. She topped the day with a 15:27 personal best over 5km.
Dave Knight, head coach, comments “Watching these events on the race tracker was nail-biting stuff! Ironman Wales is known to be one of the toughest courses on the long-distance circuit and these results really do show that commitment and training pay off. The guys at Vitruvian did Do3 proud too with PBs, podiums and the first time at this distance. Congratulations to the entire squad on what is without doubt our best year to date!’