Record Year At Wilmslow
A sprint distance race and widely referred to as ‘the biggest and best sprint triathlon in Greater Manchester and beyond’, this is the perfect event for novices as well as experienced athletes, and the Cheshire weather conditions made for some great racing.
Based at the Wilmslow Leisure Centre, the 400m swim took place in the 25m indoor pool with the transition area, start and finish on the cricket pitch. The picturesque, mainly flat 24.2 km cycle ride took the competitors around the Cheshire countryside before they finished with with a 6.3 km run around Wilmslow’s leafy roads.
As Roger Witz Barnes, winner of the race for the last three years, was not present to defend his title, the Wilmslow Triathlon saw Alex Lawton from Manchester Triathlon Club take this year’s title in a time of 01:07:19. Ranking in 16th position after the swim, Lawton put in a strong cycle and run to claim the overall men’s title with a 29 second lead. Paul Hawkins, who was using the race to regain his fitness after injury, was runner up with a time of 01:07:48, and Rob Bridges from Manchester Triathlon Club came third with a time of 01:08:18.
Rebecca Brand from Manchester Triathlon Club won the women’s race in a time of 01:20:00, putting in strong performances in all three disciplines and excelling with a fast time on the cycle leg. Sarah Rhodes came second in a time of 01:23:20 and Deirdre McCarthy from Manchester Triathlon Club took third place in 01:26:07.
World Series Renault 3.5 racing driver Oliver Webb was amongst the competitors, making his triathlon debut at Wilmslow and finishing in a time of 01:35:23.
More than 45% of the competitors were novices and had never taken part in a triathlon before.
Simon Hill, race organiser, commented, “I am pleased that the growing popularity and media exposure for triathlon is reflecting onto grass roots level, with a record number of athletes taking part in this year’s Wilmslow Triathlon, lots of whom are beginners and new to the sport. I would like to express a big thank you to everyone competing and supporting; and to all those involved in making the Wilmslow Triathlon a success, which includes the marshals from Poynton and Timperley Lacrosse Clubs, Dean Row Girl Guides, 6th Wilmslow Scouts and Alderley Edge Explorer Scouts, Scarab Tri Club as well as the BTF Referees and Manchester Medical Services.”
Sponsors of the Wilmslow Triathlon 2013 include Up & Running (Official Sports Retail Partner), 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) and Athlete Matters (Official Physio and Rehab Partner).
Wilmslow Triathlon, Cheshire
Sprint Distance: 400m swim, 24.2 km cycle, 6.3 km run
1) Alex Lawton (Manchester Triathlon Club), 01:07:19
2) Paul Hawkins, 01:07.48
3) Rob Bridges (Manchester Triathlon Club), 01:08:18
1) Rebecca Brand (Manchester Triathlon Club), 01:20:00
2) Sarah Rhodes, 01:23:20
3) Deirdre McCarthy (Manchester Triathlon Club), 01:26:07
The full results are available on http://xtramileevents.com/results.
The Wilmslow Triathlon also kicked off the Xtra Mile Events Tri Sprint series 2013, with the Buxton Triathlon (14 July 2013), Leeds Xpress Triathlon (28 July 2013), Macclesfield Triathlon (18 August 2013) and South Manchester Triathlon (22 September 2013) being part of the series.
The next Xtra Mile Event on the calendar is the Llandudno Sea Triathlon on 29 June. Go to www.xtramileevents.com for further details and to register for any future events, like the Facebook page www.facebook.com/TriathlonUK, and follow Xtra Mile Events on Twitter @GreatTriathlons.