The 3rd South Manchester Triathlon took place yesterday (Sunday 21st September) and was blessed with beautiful, late summer weather conditions which made for perfect racing. The popular pool-based sprint distance triathlon attracts both novices and experienced triathletes, and it saw just under 500 triathletes cross the finish line.
Based at the Wilmslow Leisure Centre, the 400m swim took place in the indoor pool whilst the bike leg covered a distance of 24.2 km around the sunny town of Wilmslow and the scenic roads through Ashley and Mobberley. The race finished with a mostly flat 6.2 km run along Wilmslow’s quiet, leafy roads taking in views of the River Bollin. This was the same course as Wilmslow Triathlon held in May so a lot of triathletes were looking to see how they had developed over the season.
Hamish Shaw of Torq Fitness and Knutsford Tri Club secured the men’s title as he glided through the swim and was the strongest performer in both the pool and on the run leg, finishing in 01:10:02. Runner up David Ardern proved strong on the bike and crossed the finish line 01:11:02, ahead of Chris Green (Ashurst Bike Club) in 01:11:30.
Lucy Scott of Knutsford Triathlon Club, runner up at the South Manchester Triathlon 2013, clocked the 2nd fastest swim time before taking the lead on the bike and shaving over 8 minutes off her 2013 time by crossing the finish line in 01:20:16. Rosie Wild claimed second place in 01:21:03, and a sprint finish between Manchester Triathlon Club mates Caroline Austen and Rachel Crossley saw Austen take third place in 01:21:17.
Victoria Savage and team mates with a strong lead took home the title of Relay Winners in a time of 01:21:46.
Photos from the day are available here:http://xtramileevents.smugmug.com/Event-Galleries
South Manchester Triathlon, 21st September 2014
Sprint Distance: 400m swim, 24.2 km cycle, 6.2 km run
1) Hamish Shaw (Torq Fitness), 01:10:02
2) David Ardern, 01:11:02
3) Chris Green (Ashurst Bike Club), 01:11:30
1) Lucy Scott (Knutsford Triathlon Club), 01:20:16
2) Rosie Wild, 01:21:03
3) Caroline Austen (Manchester Triathlon Club), 01:21:17
The full results are available on http://xtramileevents.com/results/2014/
Race Director Simon Hill commented: “The 3rd South Manchester Triathlon was a great success for everyone involved, and we have received lots of positive feedback from athletes and supporters. Nearly 500 athletes crossed the finish line, with many of them choosing the South Manchester Triathlon to finish their season on a high.
“We are grateful for the help of all our supporters and sponsors in staging this event, including the Wilmslow Leisure Centre Staff, Xtra Mile Events Crew, 6th Wilmslow Scouts, 1st Dean Row Girl Guides, English Knights Lacrosse Club, 391 (Wilmslow) Air Cadets, Chorlton Runners, all the individual volunteers as well as the BTF Referees, Manchester Medical Services and Cheshire Constabulary.
“A big thank you and well done also goes to everyone who signed up and took part in the South Manchester Triathlon, and we are looking forward to seeing everyone again next year.”
Sponsors of the South Manchester 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).
The next and last Xtra Mile Event this season is the Oulton Park Autumn Duathlon on 5th October 2014, the event is also an ETU European Championship Qualifier so places are selling out fast!
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