Storm take out Race 3 Team Aggregate
Storm take out Race 3 Team Aggregate - 17/08/10
Legacy round 3 at Falmouth was a spectacular affair with Ellie Parker showing her class as she led the womens race from start to finish.
The athletes were grouped in their gae respective pools as each did a swim, board, Ski and 500m run to decide on who made it through as the top 8 girls and women and the boys and men progressed to a 16 person Ironman final of Swim, Ski, Board.
After setting a grueling course with a transition run that would hurt the feet and legs alike as the athletes had to exit the water and run up the shingle and around the grandstand before returning to the water for their next discipline.
The womens race started with only 15 as Lily Nichols had to withdraw due to a re-occuring knee problem, but it still had a fantastic atmosphere.
Ellie Parker led the swim and was trailed by Josie Williams, Mesha Wardman and Kersten Watts as they enterred the first run leg. After the Ski it was clear that it would take something special for anyone to catch her. The positions behind her changed as Hollie Hawkey moved into 3rd place and Fay Mills challenged. However it was Parker who romped home some 70metres clear of the field to take her 3rd consecutive race victory and surely put herself in pole position to lift the title. Mesha Wardman held on for second with Hollie Hawkey finishing 3rd. Special mention should go to Joanne Devine who wildcarded on the day, qualified equal 4th and completed her first ironwoman of the year in 10th place. For accurate age group placings check out th leaderboard on the homepage.
The mens race looked set to be a classic with a few surprises as 2 wildcards made the 8 for the under 18's Matt Trewhella and Jordan Roberts showed just how much they have improved this year to eliminate some team competitors.
At the start Dan Humble looked like a heavyweight boxer about to do battle , such was the concentration on his face.
However it was George Haynes who led after thr Swim and he had about 5 metres advantage enterring the Ski leg. Humble showed his class in this discipline making up the gap and putting 10 metres on Haynes with Craig Robinson lying 3rd off the Ski. However Haynes caught Humble on the transition run and went straight into the lead, Sam Moore caught Robinson and the battle ws on for first and second and third and fourth. As they reached the can Dan Humble sat right on George Haynes wash like the true professional he is waiting like a tiger to pounce .With 50 metres to go he did exactly that catching a little runner to draw level as they exited the water and was the stronger as they ran the transition again up to the finish arch. Haynes finished second with Moore third. Nick Thomas had a very impressive board leg to take 4th spot with Robinson prducing his best result of the season in 5th just ahead of the very impressive youngster Joe Wall who turned the tide on rival Freddie Hedger to finish 6th and take out the under 18 race !
The total finishing positions were added up and the team aggregates worked out making BC Surf Storm the winners on the day!! All is still to play for in the team event as the Board Rescue and 6 man Taplin will decide this one.
Check out the full results on the homepage table, and things look good for the prize day at Aberavon on 28th August .