Another weekend of Wins, Podiums and PB's! - Do3 weekend round up 21 and 22ndJuly 2018
The 2018 Tartu ETU Triathlon European Championships in Estonia was the focus for Do3 this weekend. The Warwickshire squad, coached by Dave Knight, was represented at the European finals by age group competitors Anita Howe and Toni Senior who competed for Great Britain at the race.
Anita Howe from Coventry took to the podium with a silver for her age group having been pipped for a gold medal by just 2 seconds. She completed the 1500m swim in 22.35, the 40 km bike in 1:04 and the 10km run in 39:13. Toni Senior was top 10 in her age group and pulled in a spectacular swim that resulted in her being 5th out of the water.
In the UK; Elo Du Luart, Do3’s professional athlete, was on peak form and finished the Bosworth Triathlon as both the winning female and 4th overall. Racing at standard distance,1500m swim, 42km bike and 11km run, she crossed the finish line in 2:13:32, a full 10 minutes before the next female competitor.
Marc Bozdogan and GB age grouper Jonathan Ward took part in the sprint triathlon at Bosworth. Raced over a distance of 750m swim, 21km bike and 5km run, Ward completed the distance in 1:11:00 and was first in his age group and 5thoverall with Bozdogan crossing the line in 1:24:36 as 3rdin his age group. The longstanding good weather meant that the swim section was without a wetsuit and competitors were again faced with soaring temperatures.
Alison Robbins, who is celebrating a year with Do3, was on form at Droitwich Triathlon and took 6 minutes 35 off her 2017 time to finish the sprint distance in 1:20:14. At the Ashby Triathlon Elaine Sherwin's relay team was second overall at sprint distance with a time of 01:06:42.
Anita Howe, Do3 athlete, comments; ‘The atmosphere and camaraderie at the European Championships was electric and I’m delighted to have returned home having made my mark on the European finals. Without doubt my thanks go to Dave Knight who has helped push me and of course to those close to me who have put up with early morning starts and some rather ruthless training schedules that have sapped my social life! Being second in my age group amongst such a strong field is just amazing and I’m still revelling in the whole experience.’
Dave Knight, Do3 head coach adds, ‘Anita and Tony have both put enormous effort and commitment into their races and have come back with very deserved wins. Across the squad we are seeing a phenomenal summer of races all being competed in for very different reasons; be it a win, achieving a personal goal or crossing the line for the first ever time.’