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WARMINSTER TRIATHLON: Max power brings victory for Hazell
TEENAGER Max Hazell was delighted with his performance after he triumphed at last Sunday’s Warminster triathlon.
The 17-year-old, from Westwood, was pushed all the way by Cycology Bikes teammate Matthew Griffin, who clocked in the fastest bike time of the day (35:51.1), only for Hazell to power home a minute ahead of his closest competitor in 59:30.1.
“I did the Warminster triathlon a few years ago but I was really happy to win this time,” said the youngster, who is a sixth form student at St Laurence School.
“I was second behind Matt on the bike and he was about a minute quicker than me but I brought it back with the run and I’m really pleased about the result.
“It’s a good local race – I usually do the races in the South West Triathlon Series and I’m getting ready for my next big one in Bristol (on July 15).”
Another memorable performance at the Trowbridge’s Jamie Ford, who was representing the race organisers, DB Max.
The 19-year-old was competing in his first ever triathlon but finished just one place behind 21-year-old brother Dan, who raced in the 20-24 age group at the ITU World Sprint Triathlon Championships in Beijing last year, in eighth-place (1:09:17.7).
“I’d never done a triathlon before but I was persuaded by my brother to do it because I’d done well in the Hullavington Duathlon (in April) and finished sixth,” said Ford, who is due to begin studying at the Bristol Institute of Modern Music (BIMM) in September.
“I had no idea that I was so close behind Dan because we were in different groups - I never expected it to go so well at all.”
The older Ford sibling, 21, added: “I was happy that he beat his personal best in the swim (07:24.2) because he was a bit worried about that and I was pleased for him to do so well in his first triathlon.
“I was a bit disappointed with how I got on because I got a puncture in my back tyre and that messed up my bike split time but there was nothing I could do about that.
“It was a good environment and I raced well.”