The Wilmslow Triathlon, which took place yesterday Sunday 17th May for the 9th year running, saw more than 600 athletes cross the finish line at the Wilmslow Leisure Centre in ideal weather conditions. The race is one of the most popular sprint distance triathlons in the region, attracting athletes of all levels.
Simon Parker of SCARAB Tri Club, racing in the 20-24 age group, clocked the fastest time in the water. Parker was chased down on the cycle leg by Mat Stephenson but managed to hold on to the lead and his fast run allowed him to claim the winning title in a time of 01:07:09, 2 minutes and 19 seconds faster than his Wilmslow Triathlon 2014 finish time. Stephenson crossed the finish line in a time of 01:07:32 and Phil Ellison took third place in 01:08:23.
The women’s race was a battle between U20 triathlete Lucy Scott of Knutsford Triathlon Club and Kathrine Bancroft, with Scott securing the title in the final phase of the run leg and crossing the finish line in 01:20:12, 33 seconds ahead of Bancroft. Rebecca Brand of Manchester Triathlon Club came third in a time of 01:23:01.
The Wilmslow Triathlon is based at the Wilmslow Leisure Centre with the 400m swim taking place in the 5 lane 25m indoor pool, followed by a picturesque and mainly flat 24.2 km cycle ride around the Cheshire countryside and a 6.3km run around East Wilmslow’s leafy roads.
A lot of athletes were raising money for The Christie charity, the Official Charity Partner for yesterday’s Wilmslow Triathlon and the South Manchester Triathlon on 20th September 2015.
Wilmslow Triathlon, 17/05/2015
400m swim / 24.2km cycle / 6.3km run
1) Simon Parker (SCARAB Tri Club), 01:07:09
2) Mat Stephenson, 01:07:32
3) Phil Ellison (Ashurst Bike Club), 01:08:23
1) Lucy Scott (Knutsford Triathlon Club), 01:20:12
2) Kathrine Bancroft, 01:20:45
3) Rebecca Brand (Manchester Triathlon Club), 01:23:01
The full results are available on www.xtramileevents.com/results/2015/ .
Race Director Simon Hill commented: “The Wilmslow Triathlon is one of our most popular events, with hundreds of triathletes taking part each year. A big thank you to everyone who took part, and to all our sponsors, partners, volunteers and marshals who contributed to the success of this year’s event.”
Sponsors of the Wilmslow Triathlon include Race Force, Clif Bar, Jabra, Athlete Matters, Zone 3 and Pro Spin.
The South Manchester Triathlon takes place on the same course on 20th September and is a great opportunity for all competitors to see if they can beat their time at the end of the season.
The next event on the Xtra Mile Events calendar is the Peak District Triathlon at Chatsworth on 28th June.
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