In very tough conditions Alan Potts and Karen Smith took overall male and female honours respectively in the 2017 Aon National Sprint Triathlon Championships.
Potts, who has consistently been in the top 5 in recent local events, took his first major title to win the 750m swim, 20km bike and 5km run in 1 hr 4 secs to hold off Geoff Smith ( 1: 01:26), and another 50-59 athlete, former national champion Neil de ste Croix ( 1:02:02).
Karen Smith once again became national female champion finishing 7th overall in 1:05:08 ahead of the ever improving Maddy Durkin who despite crashing on the wet roads came home 2nd in 1:08:02. Becky Shepherd completed the top three in 1:12:13.
There were some close races for age group honours with Steve Petty ( 1:17:04) holding off a fast finishing Charlie Duffy (1:17:08) by four seconds for 60+ honours.
Maria Duffy had an impressive time of 1:20:33 to take the female 60+ title.
Other winners were :
Female Age Group
Rebecca Harrison (16_19), Maddie Durkin ( 30-39), Karen Smith (40-49), Sharon CRAIG (50-59)
Male Age Group
Alan Potts ( 30 – 39), Steve Smith ( 40 – 49 )
First across the line and winners of the team open category were Team Potato in 58:10 with Jacks, Yorst, Jenks taking female team honours and Aon appropriately the first company team.
The Tri – a Tri winners were Stacey Hoyle and Garth Fleming
The poor weather conditions meant a number of individuals and teams did not make the start line and the wet roads also took their toll with pre race favorite Matt Thompson having to withdraw after suffering a hairline crack to his fibula in a bike crash. Liz Stewart, who has been racing so well this season and very promising junior Tommy Marshall were two others who crashed on the bike and were unable to finish.