. With the west Scotland coastline providing an idyllic backdrop, swimmers made quick work of the first leg, thanks to the calm, sheltered waters of the Kyles of Bute. Teenager Lewis Murchie, the only junior in the race, was first out of the water, in 9
Distance: 1.5K/ 43K/ 10KWhere: Bowness-on-Windermere, CumbriaWhen: July 3First man: Steven Garner 2:27:39First woman: Christine Johnson 2:37:12Last finisher: 4:35:43No of finishers: 157Anyone who took part in this race last year could be forgiven
Distance: 1.5K/ 40K/ 10KDate: July 31Where: Blithfield Sailing Club, StaffordshireFirst man: Nick Dunn 1:58:08First woman: Hannah Shooter 2:14:03Last finisher: 3:47:47No of finishers: 222It must be reassuring for those with fears of swallowing mouthfuls of mucky water when the sw...
unique selling points to bring athletes to their race. A purpose-built loch is going to take some beating.Organised by Fleet Feet triathlon club, this event gave athletes the choice of standard and sprint distances. The cloudy but warm conditions meant
, the Forestman - a full Iron-distance triathlon. This year, it was a standalone race and the relatively small field made for occasional lonely moments on the undulating but beautiful course.After two laps of Ellingham Lake, competitors set off on the bike
of almost 20 per cent.There were some tricky descents, too, resulting in nasty spills for some riders, including Richard Anderson, who had been chasing down race leader Martin Cain. This left Cain to continue to victory, with Duncan Shea-Simonds moving up
to competitors by the unseasonably atrocious conditions can be conveyed by one statistic: almost a quarter of the field failed to finish the race.In the men's race, a strong pack, led by Matthew Sharp and Richard Stannard, emerged from the river and set a hard
of the finish line before shooting past to complete the course.Alexander, who was third here last year, was in a class of his own this time: he crossed the line almost 25 minutes ahead of second-placed Richard Mackie. Fran Bungay won the women's race in 5
and learn about bike maintenance.The race began in Ongar Leisure Centre, with competitors starting at 30-second intervals, snaking 300m up and down each of the six lanes of the pool. The bike course consisted of two laps of mainly quiet country lanes
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