Friday, 22 October 2021

'Walk in the park' for 61 year old dentist

AT 61, many men are looking forward to retirement and the quiet life

AT 61, many men are looking forward to retirement and the quiet life.

But not so dentist Paul Stuart-Bennett, who won the over-60s section of the seventh Henley Triathlon on Sunday and then declared it was ?like a walk in the park?.

He was among 700 athletes to compete in the event, which consisted of a 400m swim in the pool at Henley leisure centre, a 25km cycle race on local roads and a 5km run round the Gillotts School sports field.

Competitors could also choose to complete half distances.

Steve Castle, a 19-year-old athlete with Kingswood Triathlon Club, won the men?s sprint in a time of one hour, 11 minutes and 21 seconds.

Rob Friend, 29, from Henley, finished runner-up in one hour, 15 minutes and 22 seconds. The women?s sprint race was won by Alison Bird, from Reading, in a time of one hour, 22 minutes and 57 seconds.

The fastest woman from Henley was Sarah Carter, who finished 19th in a time of one hour, 37 minutes and 11 seconds.

Mr Stuart-Bennett, of St Andrew?s Road, Henley, won the veterans? event in a time of one hour, 37 minutes and 38 seconds.

He will also be taking part in the Challenge Henley triathlon in September with his son Christopher, 35, who finished in one hour, 29 minutes and 43 seconds.

?I think this demonstrated that it?s a feasible thing for me to do,? he said. ?When I crossed the finish line I didn?t feel very tired so it shows I?m in good nick.

?I really enjoyed the event. The cycling was the best, despite the weather, and was largely without incident considering the roads were not closed.?

Mr Stuart-Bennett, a former captain of Upper Thames Rowing Club, is a dentist at Courtrai House in Reading Road and has been raising money for the Sue Ryder hospice at Nettlebed.

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