Stephenson is denied a treble

Canada-bound Kayleigh Adams with Clare, Georgia, Sarah and Mick Wookey
Canada-bound Kayleigh Adams with Clare, Georgia, Sarah and Mick Wookey

Former Deeping triathlete Mat Stephenson was denied a third successive win in the Spalding Sprint Triathlon on Sunday.

The event returned to the calendar in 2012, when former British international Stephenson blasted to victory – a feat he repeated last year.

But any hopes of a third successive win were thwarted by national triathlon champion Andy Tarry.

The Beeston ace, a successful runner with Nottinghamshire club Redhill Road Runners before turning to the triathlon, won by more than three-and-a-half minutes in 51:27.

He was the quickest in all three disciplines, clocking 5:48 for the 400m swim, 29:05 on the 18.76k bike stage and 14:59 on the 4.6k run and – together with his transition times – that gave him a final time of 51:27.

Stephenson was second in 55:01 with a swim of 6:17, bike of 30:06 and a run of 17:00.

Bethany Walker of hosts Spalding Triathlon Club won the women’s race in 61:39 when finishing tenth overall out of 126 finishers.

Her splits were 6:56, 34:21 and 18:26 with clubmate Kayleigh Adams the first Under 20 women and fourth female overall in 64:30 (6:21, 36:43, 19:34).

Adams’ family held a barbecue at the event to raise funds for her trip to the World Triathlon Championships in Canada at the end of August.