Athletics: Euro trip success for Doncaster triathletes

Michael Barnett.
Michael Barnett.

Doncaster Triathlon Club athletes have been enjoying a busy time of racing with members competing all over Europe from Scotland to Germany and Spain.

The club have only been formed for two months, however, have burst out of the starting blocks with some gutsy displays in the triple threat sport.

Michael Barnett kicked things off well for the Doncaster outfit, clinching fourth during his GB age group debut in the 2014 Cologne ITU World Aquathlon Championships.

Doncaster also boasted six athletes in the Nottingham Sprint Triathlon.

The race, which served as a qualifier to represent GB next year, saw Tom Morris qualify with a third place finish in his 25-29 age group.

Meanwhile, there was disappointment for the club’s head coach Jono Frary.

After finishing third in the 30-34 category, the Doncaster race ace dropped down into ninth spot due to a two-minute time penalty inflicted against him.

Georgina Howard-Weston clinched third place in the Junior 19 group as Katie Webster finished 21st in the F30-34, Michael Chadwick ended in 16th in the 25-39 age group and Steve Hall took 39th spot in the 45-49 field.

Three of the Doncaster team headed out to Spain to represent GB in the 2014 ITU Pontevedra World Sprint Duathlon Championships.

And with more than 1,400 athletes there, debutants Jayne Baldwin and Mark Higham impressed finishing in 11th in the F45-49 category and 37th in the M40-44 group respectively.

Max Bytheway and Paul Whiteley also took on Nottingham’s Outlaw Half Triathlon and finished strongly despite the hot conditions.

The 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike ride and 13.1-mile half marathon saw Bytheway finish in 5:43:42 for 123rd in the 40-44 age group, with Whiteley clocking 6:18:19 for 186th spot in the 40-44s.

Craig Duke battled the gruelling City to Summit Long Distance Triathlon in Scotland where he tackled a 2.4-mile swim in sea temperatures of 12 degrees, a 112-mile bike ride from Edinburgh to the west coast and a road race.

However, Duke suffered a blow when he was about to start the off-road 26-mile marathon up and down Ben Nevis, before being stopped by a race official who said he missed the cut-off time by just five minutes.

Duke now plans to compete once more in the gruelling test next year.

Doncaster Triathlon Club trains at various venues across the borough seven-days-a-week.

The club are keen to hear from people interested in taking up triathlon. For more information about the club and training times/venues, log onto their website at www.doncastertriathlonclub.com.