Press information for release 22 May 2018
Do3 asserts presence on European triathlon circuit - Another weekend on the podium
Do3, the Midlands based triathlon squad, was again on winning form at the weekend as it took part in headline events on the European race-card.
Stratford-Upon-Avon’s Mike Willers and Mark Woo from Birmingham competed at Ironman 70.3 Barcelona. The 1.2m sea swim, 56m bike and 13.1m run took place in 22 degree heat and saw notable finishing times from squad representatives, with Woo finishing in 5:16:11.
Stratford’s Toni Gaskins was the outright winner at Cotswolds Lake 62 Aquabike event with a striking 3 minute lead overall. Amy Hinton from Chipping Norton was 1st in her age group and 6th female overall at Marshman Standard Triathlon; a 1500m swim, 38km bike and 10km run. Bidford-on-Avon’s Carl James raced at Grafam Middle Distance Triathlon and completed the race in 5:14:24.
Nottingham proved to be the focal point for the Do3 squad, who took part in one of the UK’s foremost triathlon weekends.
On Saturday 19th May at Nottingham Sprint Triathlon Sonya Tate and Corinne Moss competed in the 750m swim, 20km bike and 5km run. Tate, from Haseley, pulled in an impressive cycle to complete the race in 1:12:34 and Moss added to her podium places coming 2nd in her age group and guaranteeing her place at Glasgow's European Championships this summer.
On Sunday a dozen of the Do3 squad headed to Nottingham to compete at middle distance at the Outlaw Half. Centred around the National Water Sports centre in Nottinghamshire, competitors raced over a 1.2m swim, 56m bike and 13.1m run under blue skies. The squad, coached by award winning Dave Knight, pulled in a series of impressive times despite the gruelling heat.
Guy Cochrane, from Oxford, took on his first race at elite level and completed the course in a swift paced 4:37. Joe Lee from Lower Quinton completed the race in 5:01:27 and Yusuf Ibrahim-Zai finished with PB over the distance completing Outlaw Half in 4:40. Having also podiumed at sprint distance, Corinne Moss was the fastest female in her age group and in the overall top ten females. Team mate Mel Knight completed the distance in 5:29:32 to claim 2nd place in her age group.
Other females from the Do3 squad included Claire Jackson and Tasha Chandler who completed the race in 5:36:07 and 5:43:55 respectively.
Charles John, from Dorridge, also raced as a warm up to his upcoming long-distance triathlon The Lakesman Triathlon in the Lake District, while Warwick’s John Taplin completed Outlaw Half as a precursor to Ironman Austria and Andrew White in the run up to Ironman Barcelona.
Key Do3 sponsor, Yusuf Ibrahim-Zai from Helix Sports, comments “The Outlaw Half is a headline race on the regional circuit and Do3 rose to the challenge with fantastic times, podium places and personal boundaries being smashed. As a local business, Helix Sports wants to support local athletes and we are delighted to be involved with a squad that’s making its mark across the Midlands and even Europe. Well done to Coach for creating such a great ethos that balances competitive spirit with camaraderie and congratulations to the squad for their individual commitment”.
Mel Knight, from Warwick said, “I raced Outlaw Half last year when I’d just started training with Do3 – one year on these results speak for themselves. I’m faster, fitter and mentally more geared up to competing thanks to Dave and my fellow squad mates”.
Do3 is mentored and managed by Dave Knight, one of the UK’s leading triathlon coaches and recognised as Coach of the Year at Stratford District Council Sport Awards. The squad is made up of over 200 Midlands based athletes; from triathlon enthusiasts and age group competitors to professional athletes.