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TRIATHLON: Phil's in Kruse control at Highworth Tri
6:00am Tuesday 24th September 2013 in Sport
LOCAL triathlete Phil Kruse came home first in a field of more than 150 triathletes in the sixth annual Highworth Sprint Triathlon on Sunday.
The Highworthian was fastest around the course consisting of a 400 metre swim in the Recreation Centre pool, a 12.5 mile cycle through neighbouring Hannington, Kempsford and Castle Eaton and a 3.3 mile run around the adjacent Highworth Golf Centre.
Only a week after representing Great Britain in the Triathlon World Age Group Championships in London, Kruse was the only competitor to stop the clock inside an hour, winning in 59:26, ahead of Joel Enoch in 1:02:05 and Andrew Shipton in 1:03:17.
Kruse said: "My big race of the year was last week, but this is the local race so I'm very happy. I won it last year so I felt a bit of pressure to turn up and deliver."
In London, Kruse finished 10th in his 40-44 age group race and some may expect an athlete now among the world's elite to have bigger fish to fry, but Kruse insists that he would not have reached this level without the Highworth event.
He added: "This was the race that made me get into triathlon, I've done it every year since I tried the first in 2008."
It was a similar story for female winner Carolyn Jewell, who finished in 1:13:36 and now has her sights on next year's European Championships, in Austria.
She said: "I'm very excited. I began triathlon with this race a year ago, so I came back to see how much I've improved and I'm really pleased."
Departing race director Mary Smith, who has organised each of the previous races, said that it was fitting that this year's champions had been first-timers in the past.
"When we first set out we wanted to do something for novices and for the local area,” she said.
“We've had a lot of people who have done this as their first triathlon and have been hooked by it.
“We run a familiarisation day beforehand and the opportunity to ask questions has helped a lot of athletes to give it a go."
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