press information for release 11th September 2018
Sprint and long distance triathlon success for Do3 squad - Do3 weekend round up 8-9th September
Do3, Warwickshire’s respected triathlon squad, concluded another weekend with more podium places and personal bests. Managed by Dave Knight, the squad will finish 2018 celebrating its most successful year to date having already participated at major international events and with a dozen of the squad gearing up to participate at 2018 Ibiza ETU Middle Distance Triathlon Championships in October.
Over the weekend, 8-9th September, the squad raced in the UK and internationally. Pro-athlete Elo Du Luart headed to the Azores to compete and was joined David Dew and Amy Hinton to take part in the Azores Triathlon; a recent addition to the international race circuit. The squad covered a 1.9km sea swim, 90km mountainous bike and 21.1km run. David Dew was 10th overall and concluded the distance in 5:00:53 while Amy was first in her age group.
At Rutland Water’s The Vitruvian; Steven Hession, Ian Dickens, Rob Wilson took part in the Triathlon England National Championships. They completed the 1.9km open water swim, 85 km bike and 21km run in 5:01:22, 4:42:56 and 5:07:27 respectively. James Hartwright also raced in a time of 4:36:16 and Andrew White set a personal best over the distance breaking the 5-hour mark. Tim Fenton and Kate Wilson also took part and in the relay the squad’s fastest racers took on individual disciplines with John Wrottesley completing the swim in 28:55, while Jamie Chatfield smashed the 85km bike in a time of 2:15:49 and Seanin Gilmore brought the relay home with a half-marathon in 1:37:03.
Racing at long-distance at 2018 Ironman Wales the Do3 squad put months of training in to practice over a 3.9km sea swim, 180km mountainous bike and 42.2km run. Claire Jackson was declared an ‘Ironman’ after 13:12:05, Stuart Pryor completed the course in 14:10:31 and Stuart MacKay in 12:01:45.
At Cotswold Sprint Triathlon – Southwest Championships, Guy Bicknell posted a punchy 01:04 for the sprint distance of 750m open water swim, 20km bike and 5km run and at the middle distance WoBurner Matt Young and Mel Knight took part with Mel placing as 2nd in her age group.
Dave Knight, Do3 head coach says, ‘Well done to all the squad who raced, it’s been another fantastic couple of days for breaking individual barriers and achieving personal bests. The squad continues to go from strength to strength and is gaining a growing presence on the international triathlon circuit. But before the 2018 season concludes we have athletes in Australia at ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Gold Coast and later in Ibiza racing at the Middle Distance Triathlon Championships. Being part of these events are pinnacles for me personally and underline the squad’s collective and individual determination.’
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 1: Relay team (L-R) Seanin Gilmore, Jamie Chatfield, John Wrottesley
Image 2: Vitruvians (L-R) Jamie Chatfield, Steven Hession, Rob Wilson, Andrew White