Kerri's back in the groove for FVS TRI

Kerri Renshaw, FVS TRI s female triathlete of the year, returned to competition in winning style for 2008. She won the Mazda National Age Group Aquathlon Championships at Emberton Park near Milton Keynes. Kerri completed the 750m open water swim and 5k ru

Kerri Renshaw, FVS TRI's female triathlete of the year, returned to competition in winning style for 2008.

She won the Mazda National Age Group Aquathlon Championships at Emberton Park near Milton Keynes.

Kerri completed the 750m open water swim and 5k run in 22:23 to take gold in the 30-34 age group and fourth overall.

The event was part of a weekend's multi-sport festival with the headline sprint triathlon held over 750m open water swim, 20k bike and 5k run.

Mark Robertson continued his excellent form with a second place overall in 1-03:54 ahead of top veteran triathlete Ian Mackerness who finished in third overall and winning veteran gold in 1-05:38. Robbie Laughton was 47th in 1-15:24 and veteran Mike Blanden returned to competition after a long absence with 1-18:53, Will Long 1-20:38, Greg Blount 1-36:54 and Brenda Bozwood Davies 1-40:18.

Clare Chapman completed the 1000m swim event in 22:01.

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Rob Wilson made a triumphant return to competition after the disappointment of having to withdraw from the Lanzarote Ironman through illness.

Winning the La Santa Sprint Triathlon in 53:49 for the 400m swim, 15.2k bike and 4.4k run, he improved his personal best for the course by 2:45 and beat the second place athlete by almost five minutes thanks to a strong performance on the bike leg.

Gavin May and Mark Young travelled to the New Forest to compete in the Beaulieu Middle Distance event over the half ironman distance.

Despite three punctures and jellyfish hazards in the swim, Gavin finished in 4-39:51 for 46th overall. Mark was 180th in 5-12:47 for the 1.9k swim, 54-mile bike and 14-mile run.

Neil Coombes and Graham Perry competed in the Braintree Sprint finishing in 1-12:56 and 1-27:19 respectively for the 400m pool swim, 20k bike and 5k run.

Jon Gillham finally broke through the one-hour barrier competing in the popular Hitchin Nomads 25-mile cycle time trial on the A1 between Sandy and Buckden.

His best time of 59:28 was recorded despite the rain and poor visibility.

Rob Wilson also recorded a personal best of 1-03:16 despite a two-minute penalty for a late start. Chris Yuill recorded 1-16.

Richard Allen ran a 42-second personal best in the Whipsnade 10k in 42:22 for the flat three-lap course in perfect weather conditions.

* David Bowker from Fairlands Valley Spartans raced in the Eastern Vets Five Mile Road Race Championships at Reach on Sunday. He was sixth overall in race and third male vet (45 plus) with a time of 29:49.

Jim Brown finished a set of all eight Spartan championship distances before reaching his birthday this year by competing in four races in seven days.

After Hatfield Broad Oak and the Midweek Road Race League, he ran the Serpentine 5k on Friday in 20:30. He was 68th out of the 201 finishers.

After spending Saturday on his bike, his running shoes were on again on Sunday for a five-mile road race in Basildon. He was 65th out of 212 finishers in 33:10.

The eight Spartan distances are 1500m, 5k, five miles, 10k, 10 miles, half marathon, 20 miles and full marathon. All accredited races over these distances throughout 2008 can count towards the club championships.

Beverley Harlow ran the Wroxham 5k last Wednesday while on holiday in Norfolk. She was second in her age group in a time of 26:37.

* Running in Edinburgh, North Herts Road Runner Lucy Sparkes completed her first marathon.

Despite having struggled with injury in the months prior to the marathon, Lucy was ecstatic to finish in 4-13:54.

The Essex PB 5 lived up to its name as Keiron McGill returned from injury to record a new personal best, breaking the 30-minute barrier in 29:56.

Linda Aird ran the off-road Brandon Forest Half Marathon for the second time. The event is run on tracks and forest trails and Linda managed a best by 12 seconds of 1-58:06.

Mike Mello was pleased with his spur of the moment decision to take part in the Dorking 10-mile race, finishing in 1-15:55.

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