Looking Back on a Year of Record-Breaking Performances and Dominant Wins

As the year comes to an end, we look back on an amazing season of events! The TriBourne season started with the Eastbourne Triathlon in June, which featured children’s aquathons on the Saturday and adult races on the Sunday. The weather was absolutely perfect with calm waters and clear skies, making for great conditions for the athletes. In the sprint race, junior athletes shone with Matthew James coming in first place for the men and Maisie Gibbins and Daisy Burton finishing on top for the women. The standard distance race saw Team Bodyworks athletes dominate, with Sam Wade taking the win followed by Morgan Rhodes and Jamie Bedwell. In the women’s race, Abi Bedwell of Team Bodyworks came in first place followed by Kerry McGawley and Gesine Junkers.

July saw the IronBourne triathlon take place, with another beautiful day for racing. The race started with an exciting jump off the pier and local couple Abi and Jamie Bedwell dominated the podiums with Jamie winning the full-distance race for the men and Abi taking the top spot in the middle-distance race for the women. Sam Wade also had a strong performance in the middle-distance race for the men.

The 255 Triathlon, which is the world’s longest single-day triathlon, took place at Goodwood at the end of July. Dean Kirkham broke his own record to win the race in a time of 10:48:43, with Ian Gay and Anthony Gerundini following behind him on the podium. In the relay events, Tri Surrey defended their title, finishing just one minute ahead of Sellars Elite Coaching. The women’s title was taken by the Stomp the Pedal Collective, with Team Bodyworks and Sellars Elite Coaching rounding out the podium. One of the highlights of the day was seeing para-triathlete Chris Feeley complete the full 255km distance using only his arms, showcasing his incredible determination and strength.

The final race of the season was the Brighton & Hove Triathlon in September, which included races for children, novices and experienced triathletes. Sam Wade once again had a standout performance, winning the sprint distance race with a time of 56 minutes, and Anouska Greenaway took the top spot for the women. In the standard distance, Thomas Davies won for the men and Gemma Freeman won for the women. It was great to see so many novices taking on their first triathlon and we hope to see them back again in future events.

We would like to express our sincere gratitude to everyone who participated in this year’s TriBourne series and to all of the dedicated volunteers who made these events possible. Your hard work and commitment are greatly appreciated and we couldn’t have done it without you. We look forward to seeing you all again next year for another exciting season of triathlons.


  • Matthew Dowle

    Mat Dowle is an experienced triathlete who has completed over 20 Ironman distance triathlons and countless shorter distance events. He started his athletic career as a runner, completing many marathons and ultra-distance events. After 10 years of running, he decided to try his first triathlon, despite never having learned to swim. Despite the steep learning curve, he loved the experience and has been competing in triathlons ever since. Over the years, he has picked up many good results and has represented Great Britain on the age group team at multiple world and European championship events.