20th July 2018

Wilkins Kennedy Grays Triathlon

East Essex Tri Club had a busy weekend with club members both organising and competing in the annual Grays Triathlon at Blackshotts Leisure centre on Sunday.

With competitors ranging from those taking on their first triathlon to age group GB athletes there was a wide range of experience and abilities enjoying the race on warm sunny morning.

The sprint distance race saw the competitors complete a 400m pool swim, followed by 20km bike through Orsett village and Grays and a 5km run around the leisure centre.

The fast course enabled some impressive times to be posted with the overall winner, Chris Hovenden posting 57 min 40 sec's. for the men and East Essex Tri junior Grace Goodall with 1hr 4min 38 secs taking the women's trophy.

Race Director Mark Williams said "the feedback from all the competitors and supporters has been really positive and we got great feedback from the British Triathlon Federation race officials".

East Essex triathletes made the podium in several categories: Anna Meggitt 2nd Senior Ladies 1:08:49, Jo Sullivan celebrated her birthday by winning the Veteran Ladies in 1:10:51 with Jane Bramble second in 1:14:05.

Jo Sullivan & Jane Bramble

In the men's under 21 category Tom Muers triumphed in 1:03:15, with Ben Brooks and Ben Gordon coming in 2nd and 3rd.

Ben Brooks & Tom Muers

In the veterans race Ian George claimed 2nd place in 1:01:39 and Bill Smith 3rd place.

Duathlon World Championships

East Essex Tri under 17 stars Luke Gill and Clayton Thomas were selected to represent GB in the World Duathlon championships in Fyn, Denmark. Racing against the worlds best they finished in a very credible 12th and 15th place respectively in this 5km run, 20km bike, 2.5km run event.

GB Stars Luke Gill and Clayton Thomas

Fambridge Half-Ironman Triathlon

In blistering conditions, the Fambridge Yacht Haven at North Fambridge hosted the 2018 Fambridge Yacht Haven Triathlon.

This Half-Iron distance race is now in its eighth year and comprised from a 1.9 KM swim, a 90 KM Bike and 18 KM run - taking competitors from the River Crouch to the eastern. end of the Dengie Peninsula.

The course affords very little natural cover and so with temperatures nudging the high 20s and low 30s, and with very little cloud cover, all the competitors faced a real challenge.

On the day, 61 (out of the 72 registered starters) finished the course and, as always, East Essex Tri were present at this local race (Simon Field, Victoria Hopkins, Daniel Jago, Paul Taylor and Ian Tovell).

Crossing the line in a time of 4:21:42, Tim Hurst took the overall race win and first male, whilst first female was taken by Mhari Smith (Total Tri Training) in a time of 5:05:00.

East Essex Tri's Ian Tovell

Peter Harley - Press Secretary