Clatworthy too strong as rivals crumble in Enduro Classic!
Clatworthy too strong as rivals crumble in Enduro Classic! - 06/06/11
No surf, light drizzle was not enough to put long time veteran of the surf Glenn Clatworthy off his race yesterday as the Legacy 2011 Super Teams series got underway..
Early leader George Haynes looked set to follow in club mates Dan Humbles shoes until he had to pull out with cramp with a run and ski and run leg to go. That was just the carrot Clatworthy needed as he was getting stronger as the race went on. He powered clear of the water leaving his rivals to chase . Closest was training partner Sam Moore who held on for second spot with Milky Byatt third. 2 Hours 1 minute was the winning time and to be honest whilst others almost fell at the finish line Clatworthy looked like he could have done it all again. A truly amazing performance from the evergreen master!!
In the Womens race once again Ellie Parker was the winner destroying her rivals on the board legs and the long run transitions. Whilst nursing an injured foot she ate the ground up and kept on extending her lead right up to the finish line. Second place went to the back to form Rhian Thomas with 2009 champion Eva Murphy back from illness in third spot.
The U18 Boys race was another classic. Matt Hewitt dominated the field right from the first run, he seemed to b ethe only one who could stay on George Haynes early pace and despite efforts from the chasing pack messrs Green, Trewhella and Lark he could not be caught. Second place went to Jamie Green with Matt Trewhella finishing 3rd for a Portreath 1,2,3. If that does not put a bench mark down for the season then nothing does!
The U16 Girls race was also a very competitive affair between Kerstin Watts and Lily Nichols. In the runs and Ski's it was Watts who gained the advantag with Nichols closing the gap on the board and swim legs. In the end Kerstin Watts ran away with it to take the win from Lili Nichols 2nd and Charlotte Hewitt 3rd. A fiting mention should go to young Summer Whitely the Nipper Junior! Who finished 4th in the field in her first Ocean persoh race. Surely a talent of the future!
Lastly the new U14 botys section provided many of the more senior competitors with a few shocks. With only 5 competitors all looked incredibly fit and adept at the runbs and swims. However the skills on the craft separated the winner in the end. Jack Unsworth also a Nipper Junior led for much of the race until Charlie Haynes caught him on the ski and powered to victory. Unsworth finished sedcond with Kelland Phinnelore a close third.
With 2 weeks until the next race at Goldcoast Oceanfest , Croyde, North Devon the competitors need to sharpen their skills for the cut throat eliminator format that chops out the back few each time. Bring it on!!