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Race report: Frosty Aquathlon
Posted by: Clive Harvey
Posted on: Sunday 4th March 2012


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Whilst most eyes were centred on the Triathlon Show (or Abu Dhabi!) for this weekend’s action Tuff Fitty Tri Club were staging their 17th annual Frosty Aquathlon. Always held on the first Sunday in March, this year saw competitors travelling to Littlehampton seafront being met with windy and wet conditions.

First off was the Frostbite a 400m swim/5k run. This had all the makings of a great race with some good young male triathletes lined up. Harry Leleu (Chichester Westgate) exited the water first in a time including transition of just 5:34. Close behind was Pavan Rooprai (Thames Turbo) who has a great record in the event just two seconds adrift. Pavan could not close the leader down and Harry Leleu, racing as a junior, crossed the line in 23:14 as overall winner. Pavan held onto his position in second in 23:41. With Harry gaining the overall trophy, the junior award passed to Henry Teague-Smith of host club Tuff Fitty. He recorded the fastest 5k run split of the morning of 17.23 so finished third overall. The ladies competition was won in a much more convincing style by Michaela Furlong recording both the fastest female swim and run splits. Michaela retained her title from 2011 with an improved time.

The second race was the Frosty – an 800m 10k race and this started off in predictable style with the strong swimming of Nick Finch (Horsham Amphibians) exiting the pool first in 11:09 including transition. This event has retained its traditional format of wave starts and with all the leading contenders starting together, the stronger runners can chase down the other competitors around the local park and along the seafront promenade. Kevin Pearson (Tuff Fitty Tri) had emerged from the pool just behind Nick and had a good run crossing the line in first position overall in a time of 49:44. Behind Kev two runners were chasing him down with the fastest run split from Alex Bonzi (Brighton Phoenix) produced a 36:32 10k to come home in second position overall with Nick Casburn in third position. This left a further home success for Tuff Fitty with Clive Lett first male vet home. The male supervet title went to Mark Davis (Horsham Amphibians) who had a great race finishing fifth overall.

The ladies race was in part a Brighton Phoenix event. First female home was Paule Kremer in 1:01:10 with her Phoenix teammate Emma Hughes in second. Caroline Shinners (Horsham Amphibians) was third lady home. Female vet was another Horsham Amphibian, Catherine Davis. Brighton Phoenix were back on the podium with Debbie Evers as first female supervet.

The team event which comprises four including at least one female was won by Brighton Phoenix Tri. They have an unshakeable hold on the team trophy having won more times than any other club. Whilst racing conditions were not ideal some good times were recorded and all competitors returned home with their commemorative Frosty Rucksack for their achievements.

This is start of a noteable year for host club Tuff Fitty Triathlon club who later in the summer celebrate their 21st anniversary.



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