Shuttleworth and Bridger win Leeds Triathlon standard distance race
whilst Chatten and Young claim sprint distance titles
The Leeds Triathlon took place yesterday (Sunday 13th September 2015) in perfect weather conditions and saw hundreds of competitors and supporters make their way to Roundhay Park. The Leeds Triathlon is set in stunning green parklands and takes place at the same venue which will host a round of the ITU World Triathlon Series next year.
The standard race incorporated a 1.5 km open water swim in Waterloo Lake, a fast and scenic 44 km cycle leg and a 9.4 km run in the beautiful setting of Roundhay Park. Athletes in the sprint distance race completed a 750m swim, a 24 km cycle and a 6.4 km run.
Pete Shuttleworth of Belper 10:20 Triathlon Club was amongst the first out of the water and took the lead on the run leg, winning the standard distance race in a time of 02:09:24. Richard Howarth secured second place in 02:10:32 and Richard Ebbage of Trilogy / Royal Marines, who was the runner up in 2014, took third place and shaved over two and a half minutes off his 2014 time, finishing in 02:10:48.
Hannah Bridger clocked the fastest swim and continued to build the gap from there, crossing the finish line in 02:35:11. Runner up Jane Milnes finished in 02:39:42 and Bath Eyles took third place in 02:49:32. Claire Hebblethwaite of Knutsford Triathlon Club celebrated her birthday at the event by claiming 4th place in the standard distance race and winning the 35-39 age group prize.
The sprint distance title went to Jonathan Chatten of North West Regional Academy who was dominating the field after an exceptionally fast swim and run, winning the race in a time of 01:17:22. Joseph Hudson of Sheffield Tri Club claimed third place in 01:24:22, ahead of David Stevens of Triangle who finished in 01:25:13.
The women’s sprint title went to Kirsteen Young of Leeds Bradford Triathlon Club who crossed the finish line in a time of 01:31:21. Anna Hobbs of Valley Striders Triathlon Club secured second place in 01:38:49, ahead of Sarah Roberts of Manchester Triathlon Club in 01:40:48.
Leeds Triathlon 2015 – Standard Distance
1500m swim, 44 km cycle, 9.4 km run
1) Pete Shuttleworth (Belper 10:20 Triathlon Club), 02:09:24
2) Richard Howarth, 02:10:32
3) Richard Ebbage (Trilogy / Royal Marines), 02:10:48
1) Hannah Bridger, 02:35:11
2) Jane Milnes, 02:39:42
3) Bath Eyles, 02:49:32
Leeds Triathlon 2015 – Sprint Distance
750m swim, 24 km cycle, 6.4 km run
1) Jonathan Chatten (North West Regional Academy), 01:17:22
2) Joseph Hudson (Sheffield Tri Club), 01:24:22
3) David Stevens (Triangle), 01:25:13
1) Kirsteen Young (Leeds Bradford Triathlon Club), 01:31:21
2) Anna Hobbs (Valley Striders Triathlon Club). 01:38:49
3) Sarah Roberts (Manchester Triathlon Club), 01:40:48
The full results are available on www.xtramileevents.com/results/2015/ .
Race Director Simon Hill commented: “The Leeds Triathlon has been another successful event for Xtra Mile Events, with athletes and spectators turning out in their hundreds and praising the smooth organisation, beautiful course and fantastic venue. Swimming in the same lake as the pros will at the ITU World Triathlon event next year also added some extra excitement.
“I would like to congratulate all our winners and everyone who took part in the Leeds Triathlon. A big thank you also goes to our sponsors and to all the volunteers and marshals, including 3rd Garforth Guides, Yorkshire Sports Foundation, Leeds Beckett Athletics Team and Legion of Frontiersmen, plus the BTF officials and Manchester Medical Services.”
Sponsors of the Leeds Triathlon include Race Force, Clif Bar, Jabra, Zone 3 and Pro Spin.
The next event on the Xtra Mile Events calendar is the South Manchester Triathlon this Sunday 20th September.
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