A bright, sunny but extremely windy day greeted over 360 racers today at the Hampton Open Air pool for Race 2 of the popular 2011 sprint race series. At the sharp end 4 men dipped under the magic hour mark and the male winner was David Bartlett in 58mins 22s with Thames Turbo Powerbar’s Tim Male grabbing 2nd spot in 58mins 42s with an excellent bike split of 32mins 26s given the windy conditions.
In the female race honours went to Thames Turbo Powerbar’s very own super vet Ruth Hutton. The current F45-49 Age Group World Champion’s overall time of 1hr4mins51s included an astonishing bike split of 35.16 on her way to beating the talented Libby Cameron into 2nd place by over 1 min 20s.
Records were also smashed in some of the age groups. Notably 15 year old Luke Penney of Optima (a former Thames Turbo junior) finished a creditable 6th place overall and recorded an excellent time of 1 hour 37s smashing Pav Rooprai’s M15-17 2010 record by nearly 4 mins. Luke Penny is certainly a name to look out for in the future as the lad follows in the footsteps of Tim Don and Stuart Hayes who are also products of the Thames Turbo junior system.
Another super vet Thames Turbo’s Richard Stanhope, a four time Olympian at rowing, silver medalist in the 8 at the 1980 Olympics and a stalwart of the local triathlon scene clocked an impressive 1hr4mins18s to better his own M50-59 2009 record by over 1 min. A truly impressive performance and an inspiration to all.
Well done to all our finishers and don’t forget we still have places available in our popular evening Aquathlon on Thursday 23rd June. Visit www.thamesturbo.com for more details.