Newcomer Nick surges into top five

PUBLISHED: 15:23 22 February 2008 | UPDATED: 22:00 26 October 2009

Andy Holt

Andy Holt

GCR S men claimed their Sunday League series title with an impressive display at Watford. The highlight was a superb run from newcomer Nick Sturge, who finished in fifth place. As usual, he went out hard from the start and managed to stay behind the fron

GCR'S men claimed their Sunday League series title with an impressive display at Watford.

The highlight was a superb run from newcomer Nick Sturge, who finished in fifth place.

As usual, he went out hard from the start and managed to stay behind the front two for much of the race.

Sturge only faded a little in the closing stages to come home in fifth place with a time of 29 minutes 26 seconds over a tough, undulating 8km course.

The GCR member was the overall winner of the 2006 London triathlon sprint race and was third in the 20-24 age group in the 2007 Olympic distance London triathlon.

Last year he raced for the GB age group team in the European Championships in Copenhagen.

This year he aims to put in a solid performance at the Windsor triathlon and to break two hours over the Olympic distance.

Andy Holt's gamble in opting for road racing flat shoes paid off as he was ninth in the cross-country race in 29 mins 52 secs.

Steve Livingstone was made to work hard to catch Patrick Pearce.

There was never more than a few metres between them and neither had much left for the last blast up and down in the park.

In the end, Steve was 12th in 30 mins 34 secs, with Patrick two places and 12 seconds behind.

There was a three-way battle for 23rd, 24th and 25th places with Dave Bolas coming out on top in 31 mins 47 secs, eight seconds ahead of Russell Casey and 10 in front of Markus Allen.

Completing the team on the day were Sean Bowen in 33rd (32.56), Pat Gallagher 36th (33.18), Dave Edwards 46th (34.33), Rob Casserley 66th (36.04), Richard Hung 68th (36.26), Dave Moscrop 84th (38.00), Steve Button 92nd (38.53), Mick Wise 95th (39.16), Michael Bowe 102nd (39.44), Tom Casserley 103rd (39.45), Peter Sawko 107th (40.26), Trace Allen 125th (43.52), Dennis Draper 126th (44.16), Dave Beane 130th (45.05), Andrew Pearce 131st (45.06) and George Woods 141st (52.32).

The GCR A team's total of 215 put them second behind FVS Tri on the day, but they had just enough of a cushion to hold on for victory in the series by a slender margin over their Stevenage rivals.

For the B team, it was even closer, tying with FVS on the day and edging the series by a single point.

The vet men's category was the only one in which GCR weren't leading going into the final race.

There was a good turnout from the over-40s, the difference between 100 and 154 points being enough to catch Trent Park and take the trophy.

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