THE 2019 Weert ETU Triathlon Distance Championships in Holland brought together top world and European triathletes to compete on the Olympic distance course and Anita Howe of Warwickshire squad Do3 was among the champions.
Howe, Ben Phyall and Toni Senior represented Great Britain at age group for the European standard distance finale, which was raced over a 1,500m swim, 40km bike and 10km run.
Phyall completed the race in 2:14:49 and Senior completed the course in 2:25:11 to finish 11th in her age group. Howe added to her national age group standard distance championship by becoming European age group standard distance champion in a time of 2:15:33.
The squad also had a major representation at the Bloodwise Blenheim Palace Triathlon where Oscar Metcalf, Paul Nash, Grant Marshall, Karen Marshall and Mark Loosmore raced at sprint distance, comprising a 750m open water swim, 19.8km bike and 5.4km run.
Grant Marshall completed the race in 1:20:36 – a personal best by five minutes and was 12th out of 420 in his age group. Metcalf finished ninth in his age group in 1:20:23, Nash in 1:48:09, Karen Marshall in 1:42:47 and Loosmore in 1:26:06.
At the same event, Matt Taylor took part in the Weekend Warrior challenge to complete as many sprint distance races as he could over the course of the weekend. He completed a total of seven sprint distance triathlons.
Stuart Mackay also raced at sprint distance and was overall winner at the Triple Blue Triathlon in the stunning surroundings of the Lenches Lakes, Evesham, in a time of 1:14:07.
Bogdan Ene, Carl James, Graham Read, Guy Bicknell and Sara Northover competed at the Battle Bosworth Triathlons. In the sprint race of 750m swim, 21km bike and 5km run, Northover was second in her age group and second female overall.
In the standard distance race of 1,500m swim, 42km bike and 10km run, Bicknell finished second veteran (ninth overall) in 2:22:53, James in 2:37:38 and Read in 3:05:04, whilst in the 1,900m swim, 84km bike and 20km run of the middle distance race Bogdan finished tenth overall in 5:06:25.
Pete Wharton competed at middle distance in the Deva Triathlon which comprised a 1,900m swim, 90km bike and 21km run and he finished the event in 4:58:10 – a personal best time over the distance.