Press information for release 29th May 2018
Do3 squad race at Ironman Lanzarote - On course for the most successful year to date
Ironman Lanzarote was the focus for Do3, the Midlands based triathlon squad, this weekend.
Four of the squad took part in the long-course event in Lanzarote made up of a 2.4m swim, 112m bike and 26.2m run. Acknowledged to be one of the toughest races on the Ironman circuit, Ironman Lanzarote is also an official qualifying event for the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii.
After arduous winter training, Coventry’s Guy Bicknell, Ian Dickens, Michal Bartosik and Bishops Tachbrook’s Mike Davis raced the event in warm and typically windy conditions.
A first time Ironman, Mike Davis completed the long-course race in 14:50:10 with Ian Dickens finishing in 11:22:36. Michal Bartosik completed the event in 12:32:00 with Guy Bicknell storming in at 12:01:20.
At Lough Cutra Castle Triathlon in South Galway, David Dew was 6th overall and 3rd in his age group in a time of 2:16:09 over the standard distance course.
In the last fortnight the squad has secured yet more podium places and puts Do3 on track for its most successful year to date:
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 20th May 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 a 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.
Dave Knight, Head Coach at Do3 comments, “The squad is performing brilliantly on home turf and overseas too. Everyone who raced at Ironman Lanzarote was focussed and they’ve each been rewarded with the results they were looking for on one of the hardest courses on the circuit. We’ve plenty more to give this summer while we also gear up to several athletes who will race at age group for GB at the 2018 Ibiza ETU Middle Distance Triathlon European Championships in October”.
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.
Picture attachment, Corinne Moss, Mel Knight, Helix Sports Yusuf Ibrahim-Zai