Report: Monster Mojo and Mojito 2017

Chief Correspondent

Monster Racing returned to Peterborough Rowing Lake on 14th May to stage the fourth Monster Mojo and Mojito sponsored by Zone3.

Athletes in the Mojo took on a mile and a quarter swim, 50 mile cycle and 13 mile run, whilst athletes in the Mojito completed just under a mile swim, 23 mile cycle and a 6 mile run. The events attract a real mixed field of entrants; from those trying triathlon for the first time to GB Age Group Athletes and Pro Athletes. This mixture created a great atmosphere for those racing and an exciting event for those spectating.

The events were the biggest to date, some familiar faces returned and many new ones came to see what the events had to offer. The athletes started their race with a swim in fantastic Peterborough Rowing Lake which is calm and warmer than most open water venues this early in race season. Once out of the water they headed for transition where they quickly changed into their cycling gear and mounted their bikes before heading out to the rolling rural roads for their long ride. Back at transition and another quick change later, they completed their event with great off road run around Nene Park.

The Monster Mojo winner in a time of 3hr 57min 19sec was Harry Palmer (Zoot Athlos Race Team) and the female winner was Vicky Johnson (Arragons Cumbrian Tri Club) in 4:40:43. Second male was David Cullen (Tri Central UK) in 4:03:04 and third male was Matthew Chipping in 4:06:18. Second female was Vikki D’Arcy (Hillingdon Triathletes) in 4:58:27 and third female was Nicola Hearn in 5:00:58.

Age Group winners: 20 – 24 – Zachery Charles Pywell (Stamford Tri Club) in 4:08:48 and Josie Cane (Team Tri Guru) in 5:41:19. 25 – 29 – Chris Wilkinson (Billingham ASC) in 4:28:29, & Natasha Scott (BRAT) in 5:26:05. 30 – 34 – Sion Stanfield (Big Boys Bicycle Club) in 4:09:08, & Lauren Hull in 5:47:05. 35 – 39 – Gunther Zechmann in 4:25:24, & Jenny Lockett (47AD4) in 5:47:53. 40 – 44 – Mark Brooks in 4:23:59, & Lucy Wilson Shaw (Willesden Triathlon Club) in 5:26:18. 45 – 49 – Joe Duckworth (IMTC / Chorley AC & Tri) in 4:15:13, & Helen Stout in 5:17:30. 50 – 54 – Andrew Baker (Great Yarmouth Road Runners) in 4:35:44. 55 – 59 – Dean Moy (Castle@Eight Alato Racing) in 4:23:05, & Liz Davis-Ward (Hereford Triathlon Club) in 5:37:20.

The Monster Mojito winner in a time of 1hr 56min 40 sec was Thomas Davis (Race Hub) and the female winner was Jessica Denman (Broxtowe) in 2:25:05. Second male was Jordan Rogers Smith (Meridan Tri) in 2:00:53 and third male was Tom Vickery (Erdingder) in 2:01:14. Second female was Andrew Robinett in 2:28:09 and third female was Susie Freeman (PACTRAC) in 2:29:03.

Age Group winners: 17 – 24 – Chris Dobson in 2:43:38 & Millicent Dooher in 3:43:01. 25 – 34 – Matthew McClure (Whizzy Tri Club) in 2:04:52 & Parris Williams (Team Bottrill/HSS Hire) in 2:30:58. 35 – 44 – Nathan Risbey (Tri-Anglia) in 2:06:13 & Jennie Page (East Essex Tri Club) in 2:33:09. 45 – 54 – Andrew Fisher (Lincoln Tri) in 2:01:54 & Margarita Velasquez in 2:43:29. 55+ – Michael McKinnell in 2:30:26 & Julia Taberham (4Life) in 2:31:51.

All podium placed finished won vouchers donated by Zone3. Other lucky racers took home spot prizes from Fenland Runner, a local retail brand.

Tasty race nutrition was provided by Hammer Nutrition and Love Life Supplements.

The organisers commented: “It’s great to see these events grow each year and they are well established on the triathlon calendar. The events will return to this super venue next year where we expect to reach race capacity – so if you want to race get entered early to guarantee your place. The Mojo and Mojito are flat & fast events with a great atmosphere. Athletes love them! We would like to thank everyone who helped marshal, all competitors, all safety and ‘behind the scenes’ crew as well all our sponsors. Thank you also to Peterborough Rowing Lake, Nene Park Trust and the City Council for supporting the event.”

John Levison
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John Levison
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