Eirias Triathlon established as one of the hottest events on the triathlon calendar
The Eirias Triathlon, based in North Wales, took place for the 2nd time on Saturday 3rd August and has been hailed a huge success. 'Eirias' is an old Welsh word that means blazing hot, with athletes and spectators agreeing that it was indeed one of the hottest races on the triathlon calendar in stunning surroundings.
Taking place in perfect racing conditions with a slight breeze and sunshine, the event was based at the brand new Porth Eirias water sports hotspot in Colwyn Bay where athletes could compete in either the standard or middle distance race. The new water sports area hosted the start of the triathlon which gave spectators great viewing opportunities to watch the swim. The triathletes exited the sea via the new slipway to complete the swim leg before taking on the new cycle route which took them through some of North Wales' most picturesque scenery and finishing with a relatively flat, refreshing run along the coastal cycle path to Llandullas and back to finish at Porth Eirias.
A lot of competitors commented that it was 'the best swim venue ever' and 'one of the best triathlon venues in the country'.
The middle distance race incorporated a 1900m swim, 106 km cycle and 20 km run. The standard distance race took place alongside the Eirias Middle Distance Triathlon on the same course with a 1500m swim, 53 km cycle and 10 km run.
In the standard distance race Alex Foster crossed the finish line as the clear winner after the fastest swim and run in a time of 02:37:11, winning by over 4 minutes. Hamish Shaw came second in 02:43:21 with Welsh Triathlon Champion Simon Roxburgh third in 02:49:03.
In the women's race Nina Brenn from Switzerland put in a fantastic performance, dominating the female field in all three disciplines and coming 7th overall in a time of 02:57:41. Alison Leavens of Chester Tri Club was the runner up in a time of 03:14:26, ahead of Isabelle Rees in 03:27:40.
The middle distance race saw Stuart Travis claim the winning title in 05:12:17 after being the fastest across all three disciplines in the male field, with Arthur Connell crossing the finish line in second place in a time of 05:22:40 ahead of third placed Joe Duckworth in 05:23:51. Sonja Nuessli, Nina Brenn's sister, was the first female out of the water and managed to hang on to her lead until the finish, completing the race in 06:01:31. Delyth Draper took 2nd place in 06:04:46 ahead of Natalie Abbott who finished in 06:35:05. Another performance worth mentioning is the swim time of Catriona Read who had the fastest overall swim time of the whole field, covering the 1900m in a time of 00:30:14.
Race Director Simon Hill commented: "Following the success of the inaugural middle distance race last year we launched a new standard distance race to run alongside the middle distance triathlon for 2013, making the Eirias accessible to a wider triathlon audience. We have had some fantastic feedback about today's race, with everyone loving the route. The new Porth Eirias venue has to be one of the best triathlon venues in the country with world class facilities so close together allied with such spectacular and testing cycle and run routes, we are definitely onto a winning formula. I would like to express a big thank you to Conwy Borough Council, The Porth Eirias team, Llandudno Sailing Club, Conwy Harbourmasters Office, the Can-Y-Bae Hotel Llandudno, Xtra Mile Events Crew, Triathlon Wales, BTF Referees, Manchester Medical Services and North Wales Constabulary for their support in delivering a great event. We have also seen some great support from the other support groups including Little Orme Lions, Prestatyn Running Club, Rhyl Swimming Club, Colwyn Bay Swimming Club, Rhos-on-Sea Scout Group, Rhyl Hockey Club and Llandudno Swimming Club".
A lot of competitors took advantage of the race being on a Saturday and had a club weekend away or a mini break with family and friends on the beautiful North Welsh coast, and the atmosphere was buzzing all day long. Porth Eirias has to be the finest venue in the country for a triathlon and we look forward to being back next year.
Sponsors of the Eirias Triathlon 2013 included Edinburgh Bicycle Co-operative (Official Bicycle Retail Partner), Starley Bikes (Official Specialist Bike Brand), USN Ultimate Sports Nutrition (Official Nutrition Partner), Zone3 (Official Wetsuit Partner), Clif Bar (Official Energy Bar Partner), Aftershokz (Official Headphone Partner), Up & Running (Official Sports Retail Partner) and Athlete Matters (Official Physio and Rehab Partner).
Results (provisional): The Eirias Middle Distance Triathlon, North Wales 1900m swim, 106 km cycle, 20 km run
1) Stuart TRAVIS, 05:12:17
2) Arthur CONNELL, 05:22:40
3) Joe DUCKWORTH, 05:23:51
1) Sonja NUESSLI, 06:01:31
2) Delyth DRAPER, 06:04:46
3) Natalie ABBOTT, 06:35:05
The Eirias Standard Distance Triathlon, North Wales 1500m swim, 53 km cycle and 10km run
1) Alex FOSTER, 02:37:11
2) Hamish SHAW, 02:43:21
3) Simon ROXBURGH, 02:49:03
1) Nina BRENN, 02:57:41
2) Alison LEAVENS, 03:14:26
3) Isabelle Rees, 03:27:40
A total of 57 athletes crossed the finish line in the standard race whilst 68 competitors completed the middle distance race. The full results are available on http://www.xtramileevents.com/results .
The next race on the Xtra Mile Events calendar is the Macclesfield Triathlon on 18th August 2013 and entry is still open.
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