N1 Tri Club's first super sprinters

PUBLISHED: 10:00 09 September 2009 | UPDATED: 00:09 16 June 2010

N1 Tri Super Sprint swimmers

N1 Tri Super Sprint swimmers

THE N1 Tri Club has celebrated its inaugural Seaton Super Sprint event.

THE N1 Tri Club has celebrated its inaugural Seaton Super Sprint event.

Sixteen of the club members took part in the 250-metre sea swim, 10km cycle and 3km run, starting and finishing on Seaton sea-front. The event was a chance for the club's experienced triathletes to have a training run but, for the majority, it was an opportunity to dip their toe in the sport and put together all three elements for the first time.

Aided by a helpful current, everyone completed the bracing swim without any trouble, and it was on to transition one where those who had chosen to swim in a wet-suit were left with a bit of catching up to do on the bike - especially those who had been bedazzled by Julian Gigg's fluorescent wet-suit.

The seasoned competitors showed their form at this early stage, with club captain Kevin Wood and Ben Matthews pulling away, closely followed by Kerianne Upham, Nigel Down, Dennis Elliott and Anne Ephraums, who had broken away from the rest of the field.

Jane Beech, Julian Gigg and Liz Elliott put in strong performances on the bike, but Malcolm Hall had to contend with his chain coming off, leaving him to cruise in for the final stretch of the cycle.

Coming into transition two, to switch from the bike to the run, Kevin Wood and Ben Matthews were neck and neck, but it was Ben who had the stronger finish to be first home in a blistering time of 27 minutes 50 and to take the overall prize.

Kevin was just yards behind, finishing in 28 minutes 16 and Nigel Down was an impressive third, notching a solid 32:30. Kerianne Upham took the prize for first woman, finishing fourth in 33:57.

Ade Lane recorded a time of 34:01, pipping Dennis Elliott to the line in 34:09. Julian Gigg finished comfortably in 34:32 pulling ahead of Jane Beech in 34:52.

Malcolm Hall recovered from his mechanical failure on the bike to finish in 37:29, with Liz Elliott in close attendance in 38:23 and Anne Ephraums in 41:04.

Len Styles put in a great effort to complete the course in 43 minutes 28 and, in the spirit of true sportsmanship, Jackie Hall and Sue Southgate encouraged each other all the way round and crossed the line together to share in their excellent achievement.

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