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Do3 makes its mark at ETU European Championships

Stratford Editorial 29th Oct, 2018

WARWICKSHIRE triathlon squad Do3 brought its season to a finale at the 2018 Ibiza ETU Multisport European Championships with athletes placing in the top ten in Europe.

A dozen of the squad had qualified to represent Great Britain in their respective age groups and took part in various disciplines over the week-long festival which drew triathletes from more than 25 nations.

Seanin McPherson, representing Ireland, raced at the Duathlon European Championships. In stifling conditions, she covered a 10km run, 40km bike and 5km run in 2:10.

She was sixth female in her age group, having already placed seventh in the World Championships earlier in the season.

Richard Shephard was fourth male overall in the duathlon and won a silver in his age group after completing the course in 1:44.

Stephanie Cox, who made her debut for GB at age group, took part in the aquathlon which was raced over a 1km sea swim and 5km run. She completed the event in 43:15 and was 17th in her age group.

On Saturday the squad raced at middle distance but, due to precipitous weather, the course was changed to a 1.9km swim, 45.6km bike and 21.2 km run.

Jemima Cooper took silver in her age group and was the seventh female overall in a time of 3:46. Bidford’s Shephard won his second medal of the week, coming first in his age group and sixth male overall in a time of 3:08.

Stratford’s Toni Senior, Kate O’Neil and Amy Hinton all raced for GB and placed within the top 20 of their age groups in times of 4:01, 4:09 and 4:12 respectively.

Mel Knight, from Warwick, raced for France at age group in a time of 4:08 and also placed in the top 20 of her age group, while Stourton’s Andrew White completed the race in 3:53:26.

In the middle distance aquabike – a 1.9km swim and 45.6km bike – Stuart Mackay took silver in his age group and was 11th in the overall field. John Wrottesley completed the event in 1:59 and was eighth in his age group and Louise Beasley was 12th in her age group.

Do3 head coach Dave Knight said: “It was a very good week in Ibiza. Once again Seanin (McPherson) showed her ability at duathlon and I’m delighted for Stephanie (Cox) who took part in her first age group race for GB.

“The conditions of the middle distance triathlon and aquabike were truly horrendous, with delays blighting the start. Despite the weather, the squad held their nerve and all of our females placed in the top 20 in Europe and Jemima (Cooper) stormed in as the seventh female in the entire field.”

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