Triathletes tackle best at London World Champs

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Six Wetherby athletes rubbed shoulders with the world’s best triathletes as they competed at the World Championships in London.

Wetherby Runners Athletics Club members Jonny Dudley, Emily Legg, Mark Tobin, Jo Derry, Richard Bewell and Martin Thompson starred at the sport’s prestigious event staged between September 12 and 15.

The triathlon took place on the same course as the Olympic Games last year, starting in Hyde Park’s Serpentine before a cycle through London’s roadways.

Athletes were selected by their respective national federations through qualification events in each country.

Wetherby had five athletes representing Great Britain and Thompson competing for New Zealand.

Conditions on the course were demanding with wet roads resulting in a number of bad crashes throughout the shorter Sprint distance event on Friday.

However this did not put off large crowds supporting athletes on the course and from the grandstand at the transition area.

Dudley was first to compete for Wetherby in the U20 men’s race.

A storming 750m swim of nine minutes six seconds saw him exit transition in fifth place.

Dudley then took 35.22 for the cycle before he ran home in a finishing time of 1.07.50 to place 22nd.

Emily Legg competed in the U20 female race, and a consistent performance across all three disciplines enabled her to finish 11th in her category.

Legg completed the swim in 10.36, before a 39.10 cycle and 20.44 run saw her come home in 1.16.33.

Both Dunlop and Legg have also been lifelong members of Wetherby Swimming Club.

Tobin, who has been sidelined for most of the summer after knee surgery, produced one of the fastest bike legs of the competition as he finished 42nd in the over 40 men’s category.

Tobin cycled the course in 34.27 before finishing his three disciplines in 1.12.17.

The ever-improving Derry also finished in 42nd place in her category, the women’s over 40’s.

Her overall time was 1.26.02.

Prior to the Elite men’s showdown race on Sunday, Thompson and Bewell tackled the Olympic distance age group championships.

However, race organisers shortened the 1,500m swim due to low water temperatures.

The competitors then completed a 40km cycle around London before running 10km around Hyde Park.
Bewell capped off another remarkable season by finishing 21st of 156 competitors in the over 50’s category.

Bewell dipped six seconds under the two hour mark as he ended 364th overall.

Not to be outdone, New Zealander Thompson completed the over 60’s competition in 16th place in 2.15.58.

Thompson swam to transition in 15.18 before a 1.08.38 cycle and a 44.12 run.