Gentry bags first triathlon victory at Fritton Lake
A fantastic cycling leg by Liam Gentry saw the Lowestoft man finally break his triathlon duck at Fritton Lake on Sunday.
The 32-year-old took at least five minutes out of any other competitor during the cycle discipline to set him on his way to victory for the first time in his career in a time of 2-02:20.
'I've had a few second or third places in the past but a first place has always eluded me so I was delighted to finally achieve it,' said Gentry, who finished 18 second ahead of second-placed Joe Giggins.
'Cycling is my main discipline and if you look at the splits I think I took at least five minutes out of every other rider and I think that's what won it for me.'
Gentry, who cycles for VCB Baracchi in Lowestoft, knew he was in a good position to mount an attack after the 1500m swim but was aware his rivals would be able to eat away at the lead he built up in the 40K cycle ride in the 10K run.
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'On the running leg it was terrible because I knew they would be catching me. It's so unnerving knowing they are going to be right on your shoulder. But I knew I had to hang in there and it was worth it in the end. I wasn't quite sure where I had come at the end but when I saw Joe Giggins come in 18 seconds behind me I knew I had done well.'
On Saturday Oliver Milk was victorious in the Sprint event (750m swim/20K bike/5K run) in an excellent time of 1-03:09 from Cambridge Triathlon Club member Tim Downing in second (1-03:46).
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Connor Delaney won the Super Sprint event, which sees competitors endure a 400m swim, 14K bike ride and 2.4K run. He finished nearly three minutes clear of second-placed Neil Catling, whose time of 45:04 was still impressive.
The whole event, which started running in 2007, was hailed a success by race director Simon Edwards and hopes to provide an even better spectacle next year.
'It went very well – we weren't whether the weather was going to be kind to us but fortunately it was bright sunshine for the most part.
'The event has grown each year and we try and give it a bit of a festival feel where families can come along and enjoy themselves. People don't just come for the racing and we're hoping to build on that for next year.
'We are not sure when the 2012 event will take place but we're hoping it will be the second weekend in June once again.'
Attention of the local triathlon fraternity will now turn towards the Norwich Triathlon on Sunday, July 3 at Whitlingham Country Park, where Gentry is due to be acting as guide to the visually impaired Iain Dawson, one of the world's top paratriathletes.
Super Sprint: 1 Connor Delaney 42:27; 2 Neil Catling 45:04; 3 Lee Cook 46:03; 4 Dennis Chung 47:29; 5 Jacob Marshall-Grint 47:40; 6 Matt Kirby 48:14; 7 Keelan Pywell 49:20; 8 Wayne Blowers 49:24; 9 Dale Gowen 50:19; 10 Bex Stubbings 50:34.
Sprint: 1 Oliver Milk 1-03:09; 2 Tim Downing 1-03:46; 3 Carl James 1-06:43; 4 Toby Morrell 1-07:15; 5 Lloyd Chapman 1-09:03; 6 Crispin Moller 1-09:09; 7 Glyn Williams 1-09:10; 8 Iain Robertson 1-09:11; 9 Chris Gorse 1-09:26; 10 Kevin Partridge 1-10:09.
Olympic distance: 1 Liam Gentry 2-02:20; 2 Joe Giggins 2-02:38; 3 Ross Welton 2-06:06; 4 Phil Curtis 2-07:22; 5 Alec Patterson 2-08:07; 6 Barry Wilton 2-08:09; 7 Team TRT Male (relay) 2-08:14; 8 Mike Nowell 2-08:31; 9 Ian O'Neill 2-08:53; 10 James Goymour 2-08:53.