Monday, 23 October 2017

Local athlete wins Henley Triathlon

A WOMAN from Henley was a winner at the Henley Sprint and Standard Triathlon event held at Shiplake College

A WOMAN from Henley was a winner at the Henley Sprint and Standard Triathlon event held at Shiplake College.

Sophie Whitworth, 45, of Ancastle Green, took the senior women's title in the standard event in time of one hour, 51 minutes and 10 seconds and finished seventh overall.

Mrs Whitworth, who competes for Athlete Service, based in Greys Road car park, was using the event to prepare for the Ironman World Age Group Championships in Hawaii in October.

She said: "The event was really well organised and it?s good for our first-timers. People can bring their families along to support them as well, which is what it should be about."

The standard distance comprises a 1,500m swim, a 42km cycle ride and an 8km run and the sprint consists of a 750m swim, a 20km cycle and 5km run.

The swim involves laps in the Thames starting at the college followed by the cycle ride in laps from the college to the Playhatch roundabout near Sonning Eye and the Reading Road roundabout near Tesco in Henley. The run is along the towpath from Shiplake to Henley.


Mrs Whitworth was joined by club mate Tony Robinson, of Elizabeth Road, who is a physical therapist at Athlete Service.

He came third in the men's senior category in the standard distance and third overall.

He said: "I?m happy with third place. It's my first local event because I only moved to Henley a year ago.

"The Thames is always lovely to swim in and you can't beat running along the towpath in Henley and Shiplake."

Almost 100 people took part in the event, which is organised annually by F3 events.

The overall race winner in the standard distance was Taylor Charlton, a professional triathlete from Australia, who finished in one hour, 38 minutes and 37 seconds.

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