Skegness Tri Club dozen shine at Louth triathlon

Skegness Tri-Club members at Louth, from left, back - James Parker, Gary Matthews, David Johnson, Lee St Quinton, Matt Wain, Michael Clark, Chris Reader; front - Hilary Depper, Claire Draper, Michyla Clark EMN-150709-163448002
Skegness Tri-Club members at Louth, from left, back - James Parker, Gary Matthews, David Johnson, Lee St Quinton, Matt Wain, Michael Clark, Chris Reader; front - Hilary Depper, Claire Draper, Michyla Clark EMN-150709-163448002
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A group of 12 Skegness Tri Club members joined 200 others to compete in the sprint distance triathlon in Louth.

The race was organised by SBR events and was based at the Meridian Leisure Centre.

Competitors started with a 400m swim in the eight-lane indoor pool before a quick sprint to the transition area for the 22km cycling leg. This took the triathletes through the villages of Kedlington, Alvington and Yarburgh before heading back to the transition area.

Running shoes came out for a 5.5km run through Louth town centre to the finish line.

The well-organised event was held in warm conditions, but didn’t stop Hilary Depper and Michael Clark finishing quickest in their age categories.

The event also marked a debut for first-time triathletes Ash Epton, Gary Matthews and Michael Pell.

Results: Chris Reader 1hr 12min 20secs, Matt Wain 1.17.09, Lee St Quinton 1.22.12, David Johnson 1.26.49, Ash Epton 1.26.53, James Parker 1.27.58, Michyla Clark 1.30.49, Claire Draper 1.32.37, Gary Matthews 1.34.42, Hilary Depper 1.37.36, Michael Pell 1.40.01, Michael Clark 1.43.55.

* Mark Wheeler and Peter Nicholls competed in the Vitruvian Half Ironman distance triathlon at Rutland Water.

Mark and Pete were among 1,000 competitors who tackled a 1,900m open water swim, a 85km hilly cycle ride.

Pete and Mark’s hard training over the past year paid off with Mark clocking 5hr 08min 30secs, with Pete not far behind in 5.28.20.

* Skegness Tri Club will be hosting a Go Tri event on Sunday for budding triathletes.

The small distance duathlon starts from Fresh Fitness, in Richmond Drive, with a one-mile run, and a six-mile bike ride to Gibraltar Point Nature Reserve followed by another one-mile run to the finish.

Tri England coaches will be on hand for advice and support. For more details and to book your place, visit www.entrycentral.com