Kerp-Howe! - Do3’s Howe becomes European age group triathlon champion
Do3 was well represented at the 2019 Weert ETU Triathlon Distance Championships held in Holland over the weekend. The event brought together top world and European triathletes to compete on the Olympic distance course.
Do3’s Anita Howe, Ben Phyall and Toni Senior represented GB at age group for the European standard distance finale, which was raced over a 1500m swim, 40km bike and 10km run. Ben Phyall completed the race in 2:14:49 and Toni Senior completed the course in 2:25:11 and was 11thin her age group. Anita Howe added to her national age group standard distance championship by becoming European age group standard distance champion in a time of 2:15:33.
The squad also had a major representation at the Bloodwise Blenheim Palace Triathlon where Oscar Metcalf, Paul Nash, Grant Marshall, Karen Marshalland Mark Loosmore raced at sprint distance, comprising a 750m open water swim, 19.8km bike and 5.4km run. Grant Marshall completed the race in 1:20:36, a personal best by 5 minutes and was 12thout of 420 in his age group. Oscar finished 9thin his age group in 1:20:23, Paul in 1:48:09, Karen in 1:42:47 and Mark in 1:26:06. At the same event, Matt Taylor took part in the ‘Weekend Warrier’ challenge to complete as many sprint distance races as he could over the course of the weekend. He completed at total of 5 sprint distance triathlons.
Stuart Mackay also raced at sprint distance and was overall winner at the Triple Blue Triathlon in the stunning surroundings of the Lenches Lakes, Evesham in a time of 1:14:07.
Bogdan Ene, Carl James, Graham Read, Guy Bicknell and Sara Northover competed at the Battle Bosworth Triathlons. In the sprint race of 750m swim, 21km bike and 5km run, Sara was 2ndin her age group and 2ndlady overall. In the standard distance race of 1500m swim, 42km bike and 10km run, Guy finished 2ndvet (9thoverall) in 2:22:53, Carl in 2:37:38 and Graham in 3:05:04, and in the 1900m swim, 84km bike and 20km run of the middle distance race, Bogdan finished 10thoverall in 5:06:25.
Pete Wharton competed at middle distance in the Deva Triathlon which comprised a 1900m swim, 90km bike and 21km run. He finished the event in 4:58:10 marking a personal best time over the distance.
Dave Knight, head coach comments: ‘We’ve had another standout weekend of racing and these results reflect the efforts and commitment the squad put in throughout the year. Do3 has one of the strongest age group teams on the UK triathlon circuit and Anita’s win at the Europeans’ has just made the squad even more prominent. Regardless of the ability or distance raced; everyone is genuinely supportive of each other reinforcing Do3’s ethos for equality and friendship and doing the best each person can’.
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, up-coming events, leader boards, rewards and special offers from sponsors.