The Big Lime Triathlon a big success

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The Big Lime Triathlon took place in Hartlepool for the second time and it proved to be increasingly popular event.

The race involves swimming 750 metres in the marina, followed by a 20 kilometre cycle around laps of Seaton Carew, including the climb at Newburn Bridge which was the lap turning point so competitors had two hills in quick succession.

Once dismounted back at the Marina site, the athletes then raced the final part of the course which was a 5 kilometre run along the promenade and back, finishing at the Historic Quay to great applause from a large crowd of supporters.

A total of 225 competitors took part in the full triathlon event which was won by Paul Brown of NRG/Godleys RT in 1:03:22.

Hartlepool was very well represented by both the Hartlepool Triathletes Club members taking part in the full three-stage event and Hartlepool Burn Road Harriers placing two teams in the relay event.

It was a record breaking day for Hartlepool Triathletes, with 20 athletes on the start line.

The triathletes club has recently has been focusing on re-developing which has led to an influx of new members and also old members returning to support these new athletes and the development of the club.

One of Hartlepool Triathletes newest members, James Kenny, took the field apart in the junior men’s race recording his first podium in his first full triathlon. James completed the triathlon in 1:17:22 and received a prize for first male junior.

Another podium came for the club with returning athlete and last year’s winner of the Lime Triathlon, Matt Turnbull, who shrugged off a shoulder injury to claim second in the Senior Men’s race with a time of 1:06:14. Special mention has to go to Molly Duxfield (14 years) who is the triathletes’ youngest member and completed the triathlon as part of a relay with her father Brett. Molly braved the 750 metres swim in a fantastic time of 17:12.

The first female to cross the race finish line for the club was Cheryl Arnold in a very impressive time of 1:30:36, placing 21st female overall.

Other finishing times for the triathletes were as follows: Simon Jones 1:11:20, Ian Blakemore 1:12:27, Tony Oliver 1:12:59, Paul Hume 1:13:21, Jason Bland 1:13:44, Andrew Lilley 1:14:17, Darren Smith 1:14:35, Steven Pinkney 1:16:38, Neil Yates 1:20:31, James Bate 1:21:15, David Todd 1:21:18, Chris Hill 1:22:00, Steven Pollock 1:27:16, Jon Embleton 1:27:30, Lesley Watson 1:31:20, Andrew Elsdon 1:32:37, Neil Richmond 1:36:16, Brett and Molly Duxfield 1:42:23, Julie Ann Edwards 1:44:55.

Finishing off a great day for the Hartlepool Triathletes, this race doubled as the club championships and Simon Jones and Cheryl Arnold were crowned male and female club champions for 2014.

Anybody interested in joining Hartlepool Triathletes, please contact gary1wilson@hotmail.co.uk.

Hartlepool Burn Road Harriers fielded two teams for the relay event.

This event saw the competitors competing alongside the full event, with three individuals per team splitting the elements of the race between them.

David Lake and Darren Rowbotham set off on the 750 metre swim, with Darren first out of the water in 11:18 to hand over to Matty Dawkins for the 20k bike race.

David completed the swim in 13:43 to hand over to Bryan Astill on the bike.

This is a great achievement for David with no open water swimming experience and a borrowed wetsuit!

With a two and a half minute start on the bike, Matty Dawkins dug deep to maintain the team’s lead but was aware of Bryan Astill closing the gap by around 30 seconds each of the four laps of the bike ride.

Both riders were cheered on by their fellow members during what looked like a gruelling test of strength and Bryan managed to ease ahead of Matty in the final stages to finish the bike element in 37:41 and hand over to John Davis for the 5k run.

Matty crossed the finish line in 39:58, leaving Neil Simon to take on the final leg of the race.

John Davis had an excellent run, finishing in 18:17 and bringing the team home to a podium finish as first relay team.

Neil Simon dug deep to complete in 20:35 to claim second prize in the relay race.

Overall a fantastic day for the two clubs.

The triathlon event was extremely well managed and executed and a big congratulations to the Sports Development Team in delivering such a great spectacle on our doorstep.

The race was also very well supported by volunteers and marshals who all did an excellent job on the day ensuring people’s safety and enjoyment.