Defending champions and host club Horsham Amphibians were forced into a fourth place finish at the annual Southwater Relay Triathlon in Southwater Country Park on Sunday.
The triathlon saw 380 athletes enter the event which sees each member of a three person team completing a 400m swim in the lake, cycle 18.5km through Southwater, Brooks Green, Coolham, Buck Barn then run 3.8km around the Country Park.
Worthing-based Tuff Fitty Triathlon Club were crowned overall winners, as David Risebrow, Christian Faires and Dominic Chapman completed the replay in a time of 2hours 39minutes - almostg four minutes clear of second placed team Zoom Fast from Zoom Tri Club. The Horsham Amphoibians trio of
Nick Finch, Mark Davis and Jon Meadows had to settle for fourth but were consoled by a second place in the male open category.
In the junior sectiom, Wilf Hill, Kurt Gunby and Alex Keane of Chicester Westgate Triathlon Club’s Hermes team took the overall honours, while the entry was boosted by four teams from Hurst School.
Horsham Amphibians’ Jennie Doyle said: “The race attracts athletes from a range of levels; the winning team took 2 hours 39 minutes to finish compared to 4hr 29m for the last team.
“As a relatively short triathlon it is a great place to tick another event off your bucket list or continue your triathlon experience.
Whilst lots of local triathlon clubs put in teams to the event over half the teams taking part are not affiliated to a triathlon club.”
For more information on Horsham Amphibians visit www.horshamamphibians.com or email Jennie Doyle at firstname.lastname@example.org