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Five home in the top ten at Dawlish Sprint Triathlon

By Herald Express  |  Posted: October 04, 2012

TOP TEAM: Torbay Tri members (back, from left) Jack Skerritt, Gerald Barlow, Lee Turner, Stuart Sweatman, Jon Parkinson. Front (from left) Tony Foster, Andy Longthorpe, Glynn Hughes. Missing from picture Eric Barber

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TORBAY Tri Club members filled five of the top-10 spots – and 13th place as well – at the inaugural Dawlish Sprint Triathlon.

The sprint distance triathlon included a 750m open water swim, a 21.5km cycle ride and a 6km run along the famous Dawlish sea wall.

After coming out of the water and running half way along the very stony tarmac foot path heading for their bikes, Torbay Tri Club's newest member Jack Skerritt was leading the race.

Skirrett held a lead of six seconds on Peter Wilby from Exeter University Triathlon Club. Thirty seconds behind was GB triathlete Ian Hicks.

Skerritt had borrowed his dad's bike and loaned a tri suit and wetsuit from clubmate Paul Clark.

It was the first triathlon for Skerritt, a member of Oddicombe Swimming Club

Chasing hard in sixth place from the swim was Torbay Tri's Andrew Longthorpe. Next was TT member Jason Mann in 12th place. Tony Foster (25th) was chasing hard.

At this point Lee Turner was in 34th place and behind him in 46th place was Jon Parkinson, needing a good bike and run to have any chance of a decent finish position.

Coming off the bike all Torbay Tri's positions had changed. New boy Skerritt was back in fifth place with Wilby was now leading.

Foster had now moved up into seventh while Longthorpe (8th) had lost two places.

Mann had lost six places on the bike and was in 18th place. Parkinson had climbed from 46th to 21st with Turner up to 25th.

At the finish Wilby had increased his lead by almost five minutes to win the first Dawlish Triathlon. Ian Hicks (GB) finished third.

Turner (1.15.26) led the Torbay contingent in sixth, followed sequentially by Skerritt (1.15.39), Jon Parkinson (1.16.18), Andy Longthorpe (1.16.24) and Tony Foster (1.16.30).

Mann finished 13th in 1.17.28 and was first super veteran. Other Torbay Tri finishers were: 40 – Stuart Sweatman (1.25.41), 63 – Glynn Hughes (1.29.51), 87 – Gerald Barlow (1.34.03), 159 – Eric Barber (2.15.06).

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