SLIDESHOW: Big Lime Triathlon in Hartlepool a runaway success

ORGANISERS of Hartlepool’s first Big Lime Triathlon hailed it a great success after more than 150 athletes took to the water and road.

Hartlepool’s marina and Seaton Carew provided the backdrop for the course which attracted people of all ages and abilities.

Hartlepool triathlon 2013.

Hartlepool triathlon 2013.

The triathlon was organised by Hartlepool Borough Council’s sport and recreation service with backing from Limestone Landscapes.

Limestone Landscapes is a Heritage Lottery Fund-supported project that aims to promote and preserve the unique character of the Durham magnesian limestone plateau of which Hartlepool is a part.

It comprised of a 750m open water swim at the marina, a 20km cycle ride incorporating the Seaton Carew seafront and ended with a 5km run around Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience, Jackson’s Landing and the marina area.

It was won by Hartlepool’s own Matthew Turnbull.

Gemma Ptak, the council’s senior sport and physical activity co-ordinator, said: “It was great. We had 157 competitors turn up which was brilliant.

“The competitors, marshals and volunteers were all amazing.

“I think for a first time event we did a good job and we hope to run it again next year.”

• Keep checking www.hartlepoolmail.co.uk every day this week as we will be putting up more photos from the day.