Freedom Tri thwart 'The Grafman' middle distance triathlon
Grafham Water in Cambridgeshire was the setting for 'The Grafman' middle distance triathlon organised by Nice Tri events. This long distance race comprises a 1.2 mile open water swim, 55 mile bike plus a 13.1 mile run. Unfortunately due to the 12 degree water temperature the swim distance had to be cut down to 600m. In the women's race Suzy Hawkins placed a fantastic 7th in 4:47:22 (2nd in 40-44 age group); Michelle Reeves was close behind13th in 5:05:10 (2nd in 30-34 age group) with Anne Tryssesoone 35th in 5:33:32. In the men's race new member Paul Sowter turned in an impressive time of 5:11:47 - 221st place whilst endurance specialist Rob Clarke came 386th in 6:07:04 despite feeling unwell on the day. Other Freedom news, Chris Belcher and Sarah-Jane Court took part in the ITU World Championships Qualifier Sprint Triathlon (750m swim, 21.5k bike, 5k run) organised by Human Race at Eton Dorney. Sarah placed 11th in the 30-34 age group in 1:14:33 whilst Chris placed 22nd in the 40-44 age group in1:09:10.