Press information for release 17th July 2018
Do3 endure and turn up the heat in weekend races - Weekend roundup 14th – 15th July 2018
Do3, Warwickshire’s leading triathlon squad coached by Dave Knight, swept the board at the Upton Triathlon. Held in Upton on Severn, a dozen of the squad raced the standard distance race made up of a 1.5km river swim, 40km bike and 10km run.
3 of the squad finished in the top 5 overall and podium places were taken by Richard Shephard and Oscar Barbour who were 1st and 3rd respectively with total times’ of 2:02:27 and 2:08:38. Neil Wicks was 1st in his age category and 4th overall with Guy Bicknell a close 2nd in the same age group. Carl James and Steven Hession pulled in notable performances while Paul Nash was on the podium again with a 3rd in his age group. Lucy Hartwright was 13th woman to complete the race and her husband, James Hartwright, finished top 20 overall with a time of 02:24:59.
In Hampshire, Cameron Craik was on winning form and placed 2nd overall at the Andover Sprint Triathlon completing the 440m pool swim, 30km bike and 8km in 1:32:20.
In endurance racing, the squad headed for Ironman Bolton. Recognised as one of the toughest Ironman courses; competitors had to contend with soaring temperatures
during their 2.4m swim, 95m bike and 26.2m run. Mike Willers, Leighanne Earley, James Stacey, and Rob Sabin all finished the race with Mike Willers completing the event in 13:29:39.
In other endurance events; Stuart Pryor flew the Do3 flag at the Tenby Long Course Triathlon made up of a 2.4m sea swim, 112 bike and 26.2 marathon and Kate Wilson took part in the Race to the Stones, a 100km ultra marathon run on trail from the Chilterns to North Wessex.
Mike Willers a Do3 coached athlete from Stratford on Avon said; ‘Ironman Bolton can only be described as brutal! Racing this distance takes a certain mindset but add in the scorching sun and it was a whole different ball game. I was confident in my ability to complete the distance as Dave Knight has put me through my paces to get to the start line, however, the weather added an un-tested dimension and everyone’s mental resistance was stretched to the max.’
Dave Knight, Do3’s head coach adds; ‘Bolton is known to be a ruthless course and everyone from the squad completed in very trying circumstances. We don’t just train for speed and endurance we also try and get people to better understand their own mindsets and appreciate that things won’t always go to plan; everyone who headed to Bolton bought this in to play. It’s been another weekend of amazing successes for Do3 and it goes without saying we’ve a collection of inspiring and dedicated individuals.’
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.
Image attachment; Mike Willers, Ironman