The Eirias Triathlon Festival Review
The 4th Eirias Middle Distance+ and Standard Distance+ Triathlons took place in Colwyn Bay, North Wales, on Saturday 26th September, blessed with sunshine and warmer than average temperatures.
The event is based at a stunning seafront triathlon venue with world class facilities and features a sea swim at Porth Eirias, an epic cycle route in the Welsh hills and a coastal run. Supporters and spectators had made their way to the hub of the event at the Porth Eirias Watersports Complex, where they watched the swim in the sea, the excitement in the transition area and applauded the athletes crossing the finish line.
ERDINGER Alkoholfrei handed out ice cold samples of the isotonic recovery drink to triathletes at the finish, which was a popular addition to the race and contributed to the great atmosphere.
A free open top bus tour of the cycle route took place on the evening before the race and saw athletes and their families on board to listen to the commentary and technical hints from the Raceforce cycle expert.
Tom Williams of Total Tri Training was first out of the water in the Middle Distance+ race and managed to hold on to the lead throughout, finishing in 05:21:23. Runner up Sam Green of GOG Triathlon secured second place in 05:22:07 after a fast run, and Robert Wilson of Knutsford Triathlon Club came third in 05:28:56. The women’s race was won by Sarah Harrison of Sheffield Tri Club in 05:59:05, ahead of Kirsty Murray who finished in 06:04:38 and Pauline Griffin (Manchester Triathlon Club) in 06:10;59.
In the Standard Distance+ race Daniel McParland of City of Lancaster Tri Club clocked the third fastest swim time but secured the lead on the bike leg and won the race in a time of 02:47:26. Gordon Kilroy of Wakefield Triathlon Club claimed second place after putting in a fast run and crossed the finish line in 02:57:12, ahead of Richard Perry of Mersey Tri Club who finished in 02:58:52. Traci Shipley of Chester Tri Club won the women’s race in 03:20:03 after taking the lead on the bike leg. Victoria Cole of GOG Triathlon took second place in 03:27:02 and Laura Bell came third in 03:36:11.
The Eirias Middle Distance+ Triathlon, Colwyn Bay
1900m swim, 106 km cycle, 20 km run
- Tom Williams (Total Tri Training), 05:21:23
- Sam Green (GOG Triathlon), 05:22:07
- Robert Wilson (Knutsford Triathlon Club), 05:28:56
- Sarah Harrison (Sheffield Tri Club), 05:59:05
- Kirsty Murray, 06:04:38
- Pauline Griffin (Manchester Triathlon Club), 06:10;59.
The Eirias Standard Distance + Triathlon, Colwyn Bay
1500m swim, 53 km cycle and 10km run
- Daniel McParland (City of Lancaster Tri Club), 02:47:26
- Gordon Kilroy (Wakefield Triathlon Club), 02:57:12
- Richard Perry (Mersey Tri Club), 02:58:52
- Traci Shipley (Chester Tri Club), 03:20:03
- Victoria Cole (GOG Triathlon), 03:27:02
- Laura Bell, 03:36:11
The full results are available on www.xtramileevents.com/results/2015/
Race Director Simon Hill commented: “Xtra Mile Events is proud to organise the Eirias triathlon in partnership with Conwy County Council, a flagship event recognised as one of the best and most challenging sea triathlons in the UK. This is the perfect event for athletes of all levels who want to challenge themselves and race in stunning surroundings.
“I would like to thank everyone who took part and everyone who has supported us in delivering another excellent event, including Conwy Borough Council, Conwy Harbourmasters Office, Porth Eirias staff, Llandudno Sailing Club, North Wales Constabulary and all the groups who offered their services as marshals and volunteers. A big thank you also goes to the College for Military Veterans and Emergency Services and to Rock Mountain Fitness for sponsoring the Eirias prize fund.”
Sponsors of The Eirias included ERDINGER Alkoholfrei, Race Force, Clif Bar, Jabra, Zone 3 and Pro Spin.
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Images:©Tim Waterworth Photography
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