The Rhyl Sprint Triathlon Festival took place yesterday (Sunday 6th September) and brought participants of all levels from elites to first time triathletes to North Wales.
Entrants could choose from 3 distances: Sprint (750m swim/ 21km cycle / 5km run), Super Sprint (400m / 15km / 2.5km) and Mega Sprint (100m / 10km / 1km), with the sprint distance attracting the largest number of athletes.
All races featured an open water swim in Rhyl Marine Lake, transition on the quayside, a fast, criterium style cycle leg on closed roads along the seafront and a run along the beautiful new promenade past the Pont Y Draig Bridge before finishing on the promenade. The unique course design created regular direct interaction with the supporting crowds who were lining the streets and seafront of Rhyl, bringing a real festival atmosphere to the town.
The men’s title in the Sprint Race was a battle between the top three, with Hamish Shaw of Torq Fitness claiming the winning title in a time of 01:06:24, 30 seconds ahead of Scott O’Neill-GWilliams of Stourbridge Velo. Philip Lynes came third in 01:07:01. Jasmine Bowyer of GOG Triathlon Club was the fastest in the women’s field, crossing the finish line in 01:16:59. Runner up Sonia Harris of Manchester Triathlon Club finished in 01:20:10, ahead of club mate Jude Wall who claimed third place in a time of 01:21:16.
Lucy Redfern of Jesters was the overall winner of the Super Sprint in a time of 00:58:36 and Nick Wilson was the fastest male in 00:59:41, defending his title from 2014. Andy Smith and Daniel Jones came joint first in the Mega Sprint Race, with Lizzie Booth the fastest female.
The full results are available on www.xtramileevents.com/results/2015/ .
Race Director Simon Hill commented: “The Rhyl Sprint Triathlon Festival saw a lot of motivational crowd support along the route and athletes have praised the festival style atmosphere and the unique concept.
“Congratulations to all our winners and to everyone who took part, especially all the participants who took the plunge and experienced their first triathlon in Rhyl. A big thank you also goes to our sponsors and to Denbighshire County Council, Rhyl Sea Cadets, Llandundo Girls FC, Rhyl Swimming Club and all the groups who offered their services as marshalls and volunteers.”
Sponsors of the Rhyl Sprint Triathlon Festival include Race Force, Clif Bar, Jabra, Zone 3 and Pro Spin.
The next event on the Xtra Mile Events calendar is the Leeds Triathlon this Sunday 13th September.