TRIATHLON: Déjà vu for champion duo

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More than 100 athletes were in town for the Spalding Triathlon as both Mat Stephenson and Lucy Nell defended their respective titles.

Run by Spalding Triathlon Club, the event was back for the second year on the spin after a five-year spell in the wilderness.

The event, dubbed a ‘sprint triathlon’, saw the competitors do a 400m swim, 20km bike ride and 5km run.

While the swim and event site was based at the Castle Sports Complex, the cycle took athletes on roads in Spalding and Moulton, with the run being two laps around the Albion Street and West Elloe areas.

Last year’s male and female winners Stephenson (RAF Triathlon) and Lucy Nell returned to defend their titles in impressive style.

Stephenson received stiff competition from Nathan Tweedie (PACTRAC) and fellow RAF triathlete Charles Nell, but took top spot in a time of 53.53mins.

Lucy Nell, meanwhile, outshone the rest of the female field, finishing over nine minutes ahead of her closest rival Nicky Rogers (King’s Lynn Triathlon Club) in a time of 1.00.55hrs.

The winning team on the day was Team Harris in 1.07.04hrs.

• A trio of Spalding Tri members competed against more than 180 at the Oakham Sprint Triathlon on June 30.

The event comprised of a 400m pool swim, a 22km hilly cycle and a 5km run to finish.

All the triathlon club members had a great race, with Callum McPartlin (1.14.34hrs) finishing 27th overall and seventh in his age category.

Mike Staines (1.15.05hrs) and Angela McGill (1.26.14hrs) also raced well and finished third and fourth respectively in their age categories.

• Three Spalding athletes took on the notorious ‘Flat Out In The Fens Sportive’ event recently.

Winds of up to 32mph and decent temperatures of close to 14 degrees greeted Nikki Balding, her dad Mick Griffin and Kelly Olsen, who had distances of 70, 108 and 154 miles open to them.

At 70 miles, Olsen finished in 4.56.00hrs, with Balding and Griffin taking on the longer 108 mile option.

Both did well, finishing in a time of 8.08.28hrs.