2016 Conwy Middle event Review

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            (Middle Distance Winners)                                                                   (Standard Distance Winners)

The magnificent North Wales coastline played host to the Conwy Middle Distance+ and Standard Distance+ Triathlon last Saturday (16th July 2016), which is recognised as one of the best and most challenging sea triathlons in the UK.


The organisers announced on the eve of the race that, due to an unexpected sewage discharge into the sea off Rhos-on-Sea, the swim had to be cancelled and that the event would go ahead as a duathlon. Natural Resources Wales and the Environment Health had instructed the organisers that swimming was not recommended until Sunday morning at the earliest, and with the event taking place on Saturday the swim section could not go ahead.


Both the Standard and the Middle Distance races started with a 5km run instead of the scheduled 1900m and 1500m swims.


The cycle and second run stages were held as planned, with the Middle Distance+ competitors completing thenew single lap 85km cycle and 20 km run, and the standard distance+ race completing the usual 53 km cycle and 10 km run after the initial run leg.  


Formerly known as The Eirias, the Conwy Middle Distance+ and Standard Distance+ Triathlon is based at the stunning new Porth Eirias Watersports Complex in Colwyn Bay, perfectly located for competitors to make the most of the spectacular shoreline and surrounding countryside. Supporters and families congregated at Porth Eirias throughout the day to enjoy the first-class facilities and fantastic views of competitors as they completed each stage.


Results (provisional):


Conwy Middle Distance+ Triathlon, 16th July 2016


5km run, 85km cycle, 20km run




1) Sam Shepherd, 04:38:30


2) Jonathan Brown, 04:44:16


3) Andrew Birch, 04:48:12





1) Louise Kelly, 05:12:33


2) Natalie Taylor, 05:26:33


3) Katy Nelson, 05:33:48


Conwy Standard Distance+ Triathlon, 16th July 2016


5km run, 53km cycle, 10km run




1) Carl Dunn, 02:55:32


2) Kevin Woodward, 02:59:33


3) Mick McCann, 03:02:55




1) Traci Shipley, 03:09:26


2) Sarah Illidge, 03:11:43


3) Fieke Reijntjes, 03:19:12

The full results can be found here.