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The Leeds Triathlon took place yesterday (Sunday 14th September 2014) at Leeds' famous Roundhay Park. This challenging event was complete by nearly 400 triathletes and crowds of spectators came to cheer triathletes all the way to the finish line.

Both sprint and standard distances were available to triathletes. The 1500m or 750m swim took place in the open calm and clean water of Roundhay’s Waterloo Lake. The triathletes then headed to the transition area situated in the centre of the park to start the cycle leg of the event. The cycle 44km  or 24 km ride was a picturesque yet challenging ride taking the triathletes out towards Wetherby and then back through East Keswick and back to Roundhay Park. Competitors then finished with a 9km or 6.4 km run around the amazing setting of Roundhay Park crossing the finish line on Middle Walk with the Mansion House behind them.

After putting in the 3rd fastest run of the day, Matthew Sharman crossed the finishing line first claiming the title of Sprint Distance Winner, with a fifteen second gap in 01:19:02. Jonathan Dudley (Wetherby Runners) came in narrowly second with a time of 01:19:17, Dudley was posted the fastest swim and maintained his lead throughout the cycle leg but couldn’t hold off Sharman on the run. James Dean came third with a time of 01:20:18. Claire Cooke (Sheffield Tri Club) took the women’s title in 01:36:38 with a very strong run, runner up Johanna Winks finished in 01:37:09 ahead of Anna Hobbs (Valley Striders Cc) in 01:41:16.

Luke Pollard (RAF Tri Club) took home the title of Leeds Triathlon Standard Distance winner with a time of 02:08:38. Pollard’s impressive swim and cycle time set him apart from the rest. Richard Ebbage (Royal Navy Tri Club) came in second with a time of 02:13:27 a quick run and fast transition helped him cross the line just ahead of Charles Hickman (Leeds Bradford Tri Club) who finished third in 02:13: 50.  In the women’s field Jenni Muston (Jackpot Racing) defended her title from last year in a time of 02:33:59, after exiting the swim in 5th place, a strong performance on the bike and run set her into the lead. Sarah Cammidge (Sheffield Tigers Tri) finished second in 02:40:59, Cammidge was first out of the water after a strong swim. Claire Hebblethwaite (Knutsford Triathlon Club) was closely following and took third place in 02:41:28.

 Michael Barnett’s Twitter triathlon championship relay team defended their title, winning the Team Relay for a second year in a row, they are already looking for competitors to challenge them next year! #TwitterTriChamps

Photos from the day are available to download http://xtramileevents.smugmug.com/Event-Galleries


Results (provisional):

 Leeds Triathlon 2014 - Standard Distance

1500m swim, 43.5 km cycle, 9 km run

MEN

1) Luke Pollard (RAF Tri Club), 02:08:38

2) Richard Ebbage (Royal Navy Tri Club), 02:13:27

3) Charles Hickman (Leeds Bradford Triathlon Club), 02:13:50

 WOMEN

1) Jenni Muston (Jackpot Racing), 02:33:59

2) Sarah Cammidge (Sheffield Tigers Tri), 02:40:59

3) Claire Hebblethwaite (Knutsford Triathlon Club), 02:41:28

 Leeds Triathlon 2014 - Sprint Distance

750m swim, 24.3 km cycle, 6.4 km run

MEN

1) Matthew Sharman, 01:19:02

2) Jonathan Dudley (Wetherby Runners), 01:19:17

3) James Dean, 01:20:18

 WOMEN

1) Claire Cooke (Sheffield Tri Club), 01:36:38

2) Johanna Winks, 01:37:09

3) Anna Hobbs (Valley Striders Cc), 01:41:16

The full results are available on http://xtramileevents.com/results/2014/

 Race Director Simon Hill commented: “We have delivered another fantastic event in Leeds this year, with athletes of all levels showing true Yorkshire grit in this challenging race. I would like to thank all the triathletes who took part, the marshals who gave their time, the spectators who showed their support as well as the Roundhay Park Team, Xtra Mile Events Crew, BTF Referees, Manchester Medical Services, LCC Highways and West Yorkshire Police for their help with staging this event.”

Sponsors of the Leeds Triathlon 2014 included Edinburgh Bicycle Co-operative (Official Bicycle Retail Partner), Starley Bikes (Official Specialist Bike Brand), Clif Bar (Official Sports Nutrition Partner), Zone3 (Official Wetsuit Partner), Aftershokz (Official Headphone Partner) and Athlete Matters (Official Physio and Rehab Partner).

As the season is drawing to a close we now have only two Xtra Mile Events to go! The next on the calendar is the South Manchester Triathlon on 21st  September this is the same course as Wilmslow Triathlon so is a great measure of how you have developed over the season! We then have Olton Park Autumn Duathlon on 5th October which is an ETU Championships qualifier and places are running out fast. Go to www.xtramileevents.com for further details and to register.

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