Press information for release 21st August 2018
Top 10 places and World Championship qualifications - Do3 weekend round up; 18th – 19th August
Warwickshire’s triathlon squad, Do3, was on form again at the weekend competing in events in Ireland, France and the home counties.
Anita Howe was 1st in her age group and 2nd woman overall at Cambridgeshire’s Monster Standard Triathlon having completed the 1.5km swim, 44km bike and 12km run in 2:31:23.
Alison Robbins raced in the Bredon’s Hardwick Sprint Triathlon in Tewksbury and completed the race in 1:31:28 and was 6th in her age group. Becky Brown, Alan and Elaine Sherwin competed in the relay and were 2nd overall in a time of 1:21:35. The triathlon was made up of a 750m open water swim, 24km bike ride through rural countryside and a 5km run.
In Ireland, racing at middle distance, 6 of the squad took part in 2018 Ironman 70.3 Dun Laoghaire, Dublin. The Ironman 70.3 event was formed of a 1.9km sea swim in Scotsman’s Bay, a tough 90km cycle through the Wicklow mountains and 21 km coastal run. David Dew was 2nd in his age group with a time of 5:06:36 and Denny Silva completed the race in 5:01:19 to finish 6th in his age group. As a result of their efforts both Dew and Silva were offered the chance to race at the Ironman 70.3 World Championships to be held in Nice in 2019. Also racing in Dublin were Do3 athletes Richard Shephard, James Cusack, Louise Bottrill and Paul Nash.
Husband and wife team Kate and Rob Wilson from Warwick took part in the gruelling Embrunman Triathlon set amidst the Hautes-Alpes. Kate completed the short course race made up of a 1.5km swim, 44km bike and 10km run and was 4th in her age group while husband Rob tested his endurance over the long course.
Janet Stansfield was also in a long-distance mindset by taking part in the 9km Long Reach Swim between Wallingford and Streatley and completed the event in 3:16:27 to be 7th in her age group.
Do3 head coach Dave Knight comments, ‘What another standout weekend of results! I’m delighted for David and Denny with their qualification for the World Championships and with this being Alison’s 2nd event in open water, she certainly smashed the swim. We had fantastic results all around at 2018 Ironman 70.3 Dun Laoghaire which I understand was a gruelling course. Without doubt these successes are down to each individual’s hard work and personal motivation as well as drawing on the spirit and enthusiasm that the squad collectively share.’
Do3 is mentored and managed by Dave Knight, one of the UK’s leading triathlon coaches, and recognised as Coach of the Year at Stratford District Council Sport Awards. The squad is made up of over 200 Midlands-based athletes; from triathlon enthusiasts and age group competitors to professional athletes.
Image attachment; (on the right) Anita Howe, 1st in her age group and 2nd woman overall at the Monster Standard Triathlon