media information for release 18th September 2018
Do3’s Weekend of World Class Performances - Weekend round up September 15th and 16th
Do3 posted further impressive performances at the weekend with the triathlon squad representing GB at age group in Australia as well as competing in the local counties. There were podiums, wins and personal bests to further underline Do3’s presence as The Midlands foremost triathlon squad.
At the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Gold Coast 2018 Anita Howe from Coventry was 5th overall in her age group in a highly competitive field of more than 5,000 of the world’s best elite and age group triathletes. She raced at the world championships over a course of 1,500m swim, 40km bike and 10km run and was the only European competitor in the top 10. The race adds to her podium place at 2018 Tartu ETU Triathlon European Championships along with a series of domestic race wins over the 2018 season.
Closer to home, at Ragley Hall, several of the squad raced at The Avenger Triathlon. Stratford on Avon’s Neil Wicks was the overall winner of the middle distance race by a marked 42-minute lead having completed the 1,900m swim, 90km bike and 21.1km run in 4:34:00.
At the standard distance race Jemima Cooper was first female overall and Coventry’s Guy Bicknell was 3rd in his age group and 6th overall. The standard distance was made up of a 1,500m swim, 40km bike and 10km run. Other Do3 squad racing included Paul Nash, Laura Castle and Bogdan Ene.
At Eton Dorney in The Season Final Triathlon Karen Marshall raced and posted a personal best over the standard distance while also finishing 4th in her age group.
Do3 head coach Dave Knight said, ‘Anita has finished the season on an absolute high amongst some of the toughest competition in the world. She has trained hard, stayed focussed while also being an inspiration to the squad. Do3 has a high proportion of triathletes who race at age group, but it’s equally exciting to see new talent come through. Jemima is certainly one to watch as she makes the move from professional ballet dancer to fulfil her ambitions as a triathlon pro. Karen, who joined the squad recently, had an amazing race at Eton Dorney and I’m delighted for her achievement as she’s made distinct gains in the short time she’s been with us. The most important thing is that; regardless of level, everyone is supportive of each other’s personal aspirations and goals and we remain an inclusive bunch who quite simply love the sport of triathlon’.
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.
Images: Anita Howe