Joe one minute in front of opposition in D-Day km run

By Clare Newman

Friday, June 13, 2014

 

ATHLETICS

ISLANDER Joe Wade overcame the heat to win Sunday’s D-Day 10km race in Portsmouth.

Joe, who runs for Aldershot, Farnham and District, won the race in 31.33, an impressive minute in front of any other runner.

The run, a new addition to the Hampshire Road Race League and the final event of the season, also included four Ryde Harriers.

Harriers’ captain Pete Still anchored the team home in 45.34, closely followed by Mandy Womack in 47.18 — showing she had recovered well from the previous Sunday’s Olympic-distance triathlon.

Brian Warren and John Randles completed the quartet, finishing with times of 50.03 and 56.47 respectively.

Julia Trout was the West Wight Road Runners sole representative in the event. She finished with a time of 1.01.14.

The most recent Harriers’ club event was a 3,000m race in Sandown, with Harriers earning personal bests including Sarah Kavanagh, Simon Newman and Tom Blackwell.

The best finisher was Phillippa Daley, who ran her first track race. She held off experienced runner Steve Lee as he tried to sneak up on her in the final lap.

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Bill and Nina French, of Wight Tri, basked in their successes in the D’Argeles sur Mer Sprint Triathlon, in southern France, recently.

They entered as part of a travelling and training holiday in a warmer climate.

The race attracted about 100 competitors and took place in the town of D’Argeles sur Mer, south of Perpignan.

Using road bikes instead of their usual time-trial bikes, the 22km course followed a winding mountain road with sharp bends and wonderful views of the Pyrenees. A testing swim in a Force 5 wind, resulted in the 750m course being slightly shortened.

Nina completed the cycling course in 23.09 and raced well, finishing as second-placed woman overall and first veteran in the 40 and and over category, in 1.30.01.

Bill came second in the 70 years and over age group in 1.47.59.

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Three members of Wight Tri are preparing to take on the best in Europe after they qualified for this year’s Sprint and Standard Distance European Championships in Kitzbuhel, Austria, next week.

Liz Dunlop, of Yaverland, and Steve Dines, of Cowes, will be competing in the sprint event next Friday, with Steve Gratton competing in the standard distance event on Sunday, June 22.

As members of the GB Age Group Team, all three are in the 55-59 age category and are part of the IW Talented Athlete Scheme.

The trio, who have represented the GB team before, will do their swim in Lake Schwarzsee, followed by a hilly 20km cycle course with many steep descents and a 5km run around the lake.

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