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Do3 secure top ten finishes and World level qualifications

Liam Moakes 23rd Aug, 2018

WARWICKSHIRE’S Do3 triathlon squad was in fine form again at the weekend as members competed in events in Ireland, France and the home counties.

Anita Howe was first in her age group and second 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 Tewkesbury and completed the race in 1:31:28 to finish sixth in her age group.

Becky Brown and Alan and Elaine Sherwin competed in the relay and were second 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, six 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 21km coastal run.

David Dew was second in his age group with a time of 5:06:36 and Denny Silva completed the race in 5:01:19 to finish sixth 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 in Nice, France, 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, France.

Kate completed the short course race made up of a 1.5km swim, 44km bike and 10km run and was fourth 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 finish seventh in her age group.

Do3 head coach Dave Knight said: “It was another outstanding weekend of results. I’m delighted for David and Denny with their qualification for the World Championships and, with this being Alison’s second 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 the squad collectively share.”

Do3 members have European Middle Distance Finals on the horizon in Ibiza in October.

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