New distance no problem for Boris

FVS TRI s Boris Chambon secured the win at the Worthing Olympic Triathlon in only his second outing at this distance. The 1500m sea swim saw a mass start of more than 300 competitors with Boris managing 23:20, exiting the water some way down the field. Wi

FVS TRI's Boris Chambon secured the win at the Worthing Olympic Triathlon in only his second outing at this distance.

The 1500m sea swim saw a mass start of more than 300 competitors with Boris managing 23:20, exiting the water some way down the field.

With his favourite discipline up next, Boris was able to carve through the field on the 43k bike course with the fastest bike split of the day in 1-03:57.

Boris then stormed to victory with a 35:30 10k run to complete the race in 2-02:56, nearly two minutes ahead of the second placed athlete.

Top FVS TRI triathlete Steve Harrison was invited to compete in the elite race at London, joining the GB World Cup and Olympic athletes competing for an $80,000 prize fund.

Steve, supported by Letchworth triathlon specialist retailer Trisports, managed a creditable 33rd position from the 60 starters and was rewarded with a time of 1-55:22.

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In the age group event, six members raced in a number of different waves over two separate courses, all due to the fact that London is the biggest triathlon in the UK spread over two days.

Neil Mercer was the fastest with an excellent time of 2-30:40.

Times: Neil Mercer 2-30:40, Andrew Procter 2-32:40, Dave Coard 2-32:44, Robbie Laughton 2-37:48, Lee Baddock 2-47:58, Helen Weavers 2-58:54.

In the shorter sprint event, Martin Hynes improved on his time from last year to finish in 1-12:40 with Matt Hickman finishing in 1-32:50.

Meanwhile in Milton Keynes, seven triathletes completed the half ironman distance in the Cowman Triathlon.

Simon Patenall was first home in hot and humid conditions with 5-16:05 for the 1.9k swim, 56 mile bike and 13.1 mile half marathon.

Times: Simon Patenall 5-16:14, Mike Russell 5-50:23, Stephen Hughes 5-59:11, Guy Adams 6-02:24, Peter Timmins 6-12:54, Richard Thomas 6-28:37, Michael Arnott 6-46:45.

In midweek, juniors Sean Bradley and Andrew Mussett continued their close competition to finish first and second in the Milton Keynes duathlon.

Sean is the current leader in the junior series with one event remaining.

Times: Sean Bradley 59:38, Andrew Mussett 1-00:53.

Top FVS TRI cyclist Michael Summers competed twice in four days, both events being for elite and class one and two riders only ensuring a quality field.

He secured a fourth place, winning the bunch sprint behind the successful three-man breakaway, in the one hour plus five laps 30 mile event MKCA Abbeygate Summer Series circuit race at the MK Bowl.

Summers also competed in the AA Brown Road Race in Naseby, near Northampton, finishing in the bunch after a tough six lap 80 mile event.

In the midweek Stevenage 10 mile TT, Nick Downing was first home for FVS TRI and second on the night in 26:08 with James Morris-Jones completing in 26:31.

Several Fairlands Valley Spartans made the trip to Sunday's Harlow 10 mile road race.

Richard Sidlin was rewarded with a new personal best of 1-16:33 and he was 145th out of the 413 finishers.

First Spartan finisher was Kevin Smyth who was 119th in 1-14:31. Mark Glading was 179th in 1-19:08 and Andrew Manwaring 218th in 1-23:28.

A piece of good news from the recent Fairlands Valley Challenge - the local off road marathon - is that Michaela Norton Lay and her boyfriend Mark Sanders got engaged on the course on July 23.

A trio of North Herts Road Runners took part in the Harlow 10 mile road race on Sunday. Veterans Norman Leslie (70:44), Mike Mello (72:00) and Billy Crone (83:00) ran well over a new course featuring a tough uphill finish.