Peak District Triathlon at Chatsworth review



The 2nd Peak District Triathlon at Chatsworth took place on Sunday 28th June and the picturesque setting had attracted athletes from all over the UK, with nearly 500 athletes crossing the finish line at one of the UK’s best-known country estates. The new run and the amended cycle route with the challenge of the demanding hill were very well received, and the event was hailed a huge success by organisers, athletes and spectators.

The Peak District Triathlon at Chatsworth is set in stunning surroundings in the middle of the Peak District and offers options of a sprint and standard distance race. Many athletes were racing for charity, with Macmillan Cancer Support the official charity partner for the Peak District Triathlon at Chatsworth 2015 and 2016. Macmillan Cancer Support will be giving away free entries to the 2016 race if athletes pledge to raise money for the charity.

The swim took place in the river Derwent, starting from the beautiful 18th century Paine’s Bridge andPDT at Chatsworth 2015_finish taking swimmers out and back in front of Chatsworth House. The new cycle route was a single loop taking in some of the most beautiful scenes in the Peak District, and the run route was amended to include an extra loop beyond the Hunting Tower for the standard distance athletes to feature more of Chatsworth’s landmarks. The ERDINGER Alkoholfrei tent at the finish, where ice cold samples of the isotonic recovery drink were handed out to finishing triathletes, was a popular addition to the race and contributed to the great atmosphere.

In the standard distance race Paul Hawkins clocked the fastest time in the water and kept extending his lead to take the winning title in a time of 01:56:16. Runner up Adam Robinson finished in 02:02:24 and Adam’s brother, U20 athlete James Robinson, took third place. Annica Goddard of SY Tri won the women’s race in a time of 02:26:07, ahead of Hannah Bridger (Adwick Club) who crossed the finish line in 02:28:07 and Marion Buggins who finished in 02:30:48

Benjamin Goodall of Durham University Tri Club was first out of the water in the sprint distance race and managed to hold on to the lead to finish in a time of 01:10:00. Oliver Hart came second after crossing the finish line in 01:12:47 and Thomas Greeves secured third place on the final stretch of the run leg in 01:15:05. Alice Sharpe of Manchester Triathlon Club defended her title from last year after dominating the women’s field and crossing the finish line in an impressive overall 9th place in 01:17:59. Runner up Caroline Austen of Stockport Tri Club finished in 01:27:14 and Victoria Elmer came third in a time of 01:29:53.

 

Results (provisional):

Peak District Triathlon at Chatsworth, 28th June 2015

Standard Distance: 1000m swim, 39 km cycle, 10 km run

MEN

1) Paul Hawkins, 01:56:16

2) Adam Robinson, 02:02:24

3) James Robinson, 02:09:36

WOMEN

1) Annica Goddard (SY Tri), 02:26:07

2) Hannah Bridger (Adwick Club), 02:28:07

3) Marion Buggins, 02:30:48

 

Peak District Triathlon at Chatsworth, 28th June 2015

Sprint Distance: 750m swim, 20 km cycle, 5 km run

MEN

1) Benjamin Goodall (Durham University Tri Club), 01:10:00

2) Oliver Hart, 01:12:47

3) Thomas Greeves, 01:15:05

WOMEN

1) Alice Sharpe (Manchester Triathlon Club), 01:17:59

2) Caroline Austen (Stockport Tri Club), 01:27:14

3) Victoria Elmer, 01:29:53

The full results are available on http://www.xtramileevents.com/results/2015/

 
Simon Hill, race organiser, commented: “The Peak District Triathlon at Chatsworth is a world class triathlon set in the middle of the beautiful Peak District, and there was a great atmosphere with many athletes bringing their families in order to combine taking part in an iconic race with having a family day out at the Estate and exploring the Peak District.

“We would like to thank the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire and all the staff of the house, gardens and estate for their support in bringing this event together. A big thank you also goes to our sponsors, the volunteers, the spectators, all the competitors who took part, as well as Glossop Dale Harriers, Chesterfield Jog Club, Hathersage Scouts and Barlborough Rainbows, University of Sheffield Tri Club and the numerous individual volunteers.”

Sponsors of the Peak District Triathlon at Chatsworth 2015 included Race Force, Clif Bar, Jabra, Athlete Matters, Zone 3, Pro Spin and ERDINGER Alkoholfrei.

The next Xtra Mile Event on the calendar is the Ffit Conwy Llandudno Sea Triathlon this Sunday 5th July.

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