Press information for release 4th September 2018
Do3 set to achieve places in European Finals - Podiums and personal bests for local triathletes
Do3, the Midlands’ respected triathlon squad, performed well in local races with its members reaching the requisite standard for selection at the upcoming 2019 Weert ETU Standard Distance Triathlon Championships.
There were three podium places for Do3 at Southam Triathlon, a sprint event, which was raced over a 400m pool swim, 20km bike and 5 km run.
Marina Lobato was 1st female and came over the line in 1hr 10 and also achieved a personal best on the course. Jonathan Ward was 3rd in his age group and 6th overall after completing the sprint triathlon in 1hr 01, while the relay was won by Do3’s Becky and Andy Brown.
Personal bests on the course were achieved by Alison Robbins, Paul Squire and Jason Robbins who completed the event in 1hr 18, 1hr 15 and 1hr 17 respectively. Kate Wilson also raced and her husband Rob Wilson crossed the finish line in 1 hr 05. New squad member Sebastian Jones took part in his first ever triathlon and pulled in an impressive 1hr 12.
At St Neots Triathlon, a qualifier for 2019’s ETU Standard Distance Triathlon Championships, the squad raced the standard distance course of a 1500m open water swim, 45km bike and 10km run. Toni Senior, who will also race at the ETU European Middle Distance Championships in Ibiza in October, was 4th in her age group and looks set to confirm her place at Weert. Jemima Cooper also achieved the standard for the Netherlands having placed as 3rd in her age group in a time of 2hrs 24. Abi Senior too was in full form and looks to gain a GB age group place at Weert. Other members of the squad competing at St Neots included Neive Richardson and Sonya Tate.
At the Wombourne Sprint Triathlon Kate Miller was 3rd in her age group in 1:08 and Gethin Rees was 1st in his age group having impressively broken the hour for a sprint event.
Dave Knight, Do3 head coach comments, “The season may be drawing in, but the squad remains in peak performance. Southam was a triumph for Do3 with such notable results and it was also incredibly gratifying as a coach to see so many of the competitors in Do3 kit. Toni and the gang raced hard at St Neots and deservedly have reserved their places for 2019’s standard distance finals. As this weekend highlights; hard work, grit and determination are proven to pay off. I also remain indebted to the generous support of our sponsors who have helped Do3 become such a formidable force in European triathlon circles.”
Do3 is mentored and managed by Dave Knight, one of the UK’s leading triathlon coaches, who has been 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; Paul Squire at Southam Triathlon. Abi Senior and Toni Senior at St Neots Triathlon.