Skeg Tri Club veteran claims prize at world’s biggest triathlon

Skegness Tri Club members in London, from left, back - Matt Wain, Lee St Quinton, Mark Wheeler, David Johnson, Rich Vincent, Pete Nicholls, Ash Epton; front - Claire Draper, Sarah Shuttleworth, Michyla Clark, Mitchell Clark, Michael Clark EMN-160808-153112002
Skegness Tri Club members in London, from left, back - Matt Wain, Lee St Quinton, Mark Wheeler, David Johnson, Rich Vincent, Pete Nicholls, Ash Epton; front - Claire Draper, Sarah Shuttleworth, Michyla Clark, Mitchell Clark, Michael Clark EMN-160808-153112002

Skegness Tri Club descended on the Excel Centre in London to take part in the world’s biggest triathlon last weekend.

Different distance triathlons were held throughout the weekend at the 20th London Triathlon with more than 13,000 competitors taking part.

Skeg Tri club members were all racing on Sunday with those taking part in the Olympic distance having an early alarm call to meet the 7.10am start time.

The open water swim was held in the docks with one 1500m lap to complete before the quick run to the transition area to hit the bike.

The cycling leg was held on closed roads through the city centre to Westminster, covering 40km with competitors facing windy conditions.

The finale was a three-lap run around the docks, totalling 10km with plentiful support from family and friends to the finish line in the Excel Centre.

A further two Skegness triathletes competed over the sprint distance which comprised of a 750-metre open water swim, 21km bike leg and 5k run.

Michael Clark, who turned 73 last week won his age group in the sprint distance, clocking a combined time of 1hr 51min 40secs, while Mitchell Clark braved his first open water swim in this event.

Their clubmate Ashley Epton, meanwhile, completed his first Olympic distance Tri.

Skegness results (Olympic distance): Mark Wheeler 2hr 23min 44secs, Lee St Quinton 2.23.57, Peter Nicholls 2.24.07, Ash Epton 2.29.14, Matt Wain 2.33.49, David Johnson 2.38.36, Rich Vincent 2.39.58, Claire Draper 2.51.47, Michyla Clark 3.06.37.

Results (Sprint distance): Mitchell Clark 1hr 23min 45secs, Michael Clark 1.51.40.