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Region’s triathletes make their mark at Cotswold and London

THERE were some good performances from the region’s triathletes at the weekend.

Plymouth Tri Club, Tavistock Triathlon Club and Team H all had representatives taking part in the Cotswold Classic Middle Distance event on Sunday.

Plymouth’s Ken Holder and Neil Minion both claimed category titles at that event at the Ashton Keynes Water Park.

Holder finished 17th overall and first male 45-49 in the competition, which sees athletes swim 1.2 miles, cycle 56 miles and run a half marathon.

Holder clocked an overall time of 4:30.53, with a 27.50 minute swim, a 2:22.14 bike ride and a 1:39.09 run.

Minion was 35th overall and first male 55-59 with a time of 4:43.29. He completed the swim in 30.56, the ride in 2:25.06 before finishing with a 1:43.58 run.

Club colleague David Pearson was third male 65-69 with a time of 7:14.16.

There was also a third-placed age category finish for Tavistock Triathlon Club’s Hannah Colston. She finished seventh female overall and third in her age category with 5:01.10. She clocked 34.10 for the swim, 2:35.26 for the ride and 1:47.03 for the run.

Team H’s Claudia Serien finished sixth in the same category as Colston and was 19th overall with a time of 5:17.43. She completed the swim in 31:52, the ride in 2:53.53 and the run in 1:47.00.

Plymouth Tri Club’s Lisa Crawford was ninth in her age category with an overall time of 5:47.37. Team-mates Kate Aspinall (6:12.16) and Craig Dymock (7:03.08) also completed the event in hot weather.

Meanwhile, Plymouth Tri Club’s Travis Bramley and Mount Kelly College’s Tom Brew competed in the Junior Elite event at the London Triathlon.

Former British youth champion Bramley, continuing his comeback from injury, finished 18th in 58:36, while Brew was 23rd in 1:00.23.

Afterwards Bramley said: “Plenty of positives at the London Triathlon. Great swim, felt strong and comfortable on the bike and good second run lap. Stomach cramps on the first lap lost me a good 30 seconds and nine/10 places, but still managed 16:02 for 5k. Eighteenth wasn’t what I came for, but it’s another step on the road back from injury.”

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