Dudley and Righini-Brand winners of Leeds Xpress Triathlon
The Leeds Xpress Triathlon took place last weekend (Sunday 28th July), with Jonathan Dudley (Wetherby Runners) and Hannah Righini-Brand taking the winning titles after the triathlon had to be reverted to an Aquathlon due to circumstances out of the organisers' control.
A fatal car accident on the A61, in the middle of the bike route, took place just after the race had started. The crash was unrelated to the event and resulted in the A61 being closed and the race format having to be altered with the 22.6 km bike leg omitted and the course reverted to an aquathlon with a 400m swim and a 5 km run.
A popular and well-established race, the Leeds Xpress Triathlon attracts triathletes of all levels each year, with just under 400 triathletes signed up for 2013 including corporate teams from TEVA UK, Strata Homes and the Army Foundation College. A total of 315 competitors crossed the finish line at the Grammar School after a 400m swim in the 6 lane heated indoor pool and a 5.5 km off road run. Jonathan Dudley, one of the youngest triathletes competing in the 16-19 age group category, put in a fantastic performance and won by over a minute in a time of 00:22:44, beating Mika Brown into second and Robert Saxby into third place.
In the women's field Hannah Righini-Brand took the win in 00:28:17 with Julie Bucknell (Wetherby Runners) running in second in 00:29:39. Emma Wills came third in 00:30:17.
Race Director Simon Hill commented: "I would like to express a big thank you to all the triathletes who took part in the Leeds Xpress Triathlon, and issue an apology to anyone who felt disappointed after the forced omission of the bike leg. This was due to circumstances beyond our control, and a decision that had to be made to ensure the health and safety of our competitors and in co-operation with West Yorkshire Police.
A big thank you also goes to The Grammar School at Leeds for allowing us to use the fantastic facilities, as well as to West Yorkshire Police, the Xtra Mile Events Crew, Manchester Medical Services and British Triathlon Federation for their help with staging this event."
One of the highlights of the day was Barry Mcguire proposing to Ruth Dobby at the finish line on her 40th birthday.
Sponsors of the Leeds Xpress Triathlon 2013 included Up & Running (Offici= al Sports Retail Partner), Edinburgh Bicycle Co-operative (Official Bicycle Retail Partner), Starley Bikes (Official Specialist Bike Brand), USNUltimate Sports Nutrition (Official Nutrition Partner), Zone3 (Official Wetsuit Partner), Clif Bar (Official Energy Bar Partner), Aftershokz (Official Headphone Partner) and Athlete Matters (Official Physio and Rehab Partner).
Results (provisional): Leeds Xpress Triathlon/Aquathlon 2013 Sprint Distance: 400m swim, 5.5 km run
1) Jonathan DUDLEY (Wetherby Runners), 00:22:44
2) Mika BROWN, 00:23:52
3) Robert SAXBY, 00:24:02
1) Hannah RIGHINI-BRAND, 00:28:17
2) Julie BUCKNELL (Wetherby Runners), 00:29:39
3) Emma WILLS, 00:30:17
The fastest triathletes from TEVA UK were Russell Atkinson and Jo Jarvis whilst Sara Riley and Mark Rosindale were the fastest from Strata Homes.
The full results are available on http://www.xtramileevents.com/results.
The Leeds Xpress Triathlon is part of the Xtra Mile Events Tri Sprint Series with Macclesfield Triathlon (18 August) and South Manchester Triathlon (22 September) the only two remaining races this season. The open water Leeds Triathlon in Roundhay Park takes place on 8th September, offering athletes both a sprint and a standard race option. Registration to the Leeds Triathlon closes on 5th September or when sold out.
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