Penzance Triathlon 2011

ian-matthewsResults are HERE

Feedback from competitors thanking marshals HERE

Photos HERE – thanks to John Prady for these ones.

Photos on Facebook for everyone to view HERE

Weather good, wind light and breezy, sun shining, lovely scenic cycle route with views over the sea to Lands End – what more could we want for the fifth Penzance Triathlon!

Firstly I must thank the 90+ marshals who turned up today. The amount of comments I had about how the marshals made the day special for the various competitors was amazing and I?m still receiving emails now asking me to pass on my thanks to them. All the marshals seemed to know all the triathletes names – I’m sure they must be psychic (or may be it was the list of names I gave everyone!) Many thanks to Mike Elms for turning up at 3am to put out the signs with me. Thanks also to Tri Logic for sending me so many marshals – hopefully we can reciprocate the help at Helston Triathlon.

There were only three no-shows out of the 120 competitors entered. True, I did spend most of last week ringing and emailing people on the waiting list to see if they wanted the places of competitors who had pulled out due to injury or illness. This made for a very competitive race, even though the event is aimed at novices of which about one-third of the field was.

There were two punctures – Pete Le Grice pulled out after getting a flat tyre at Mount Misery roundabout, a stone’s throw from where he lives – and Chris Phillips who ended up walking about four miles as he punctured in the middle of nowhere and was finally picked up by Duncan Kane!

Various competitors ran with their cycle helmets still on their heads – Jo Clarke and Phil McNevin to name but two.

Poor Phil wasn’t having a good day of it , on crossing the final road to the finish line he tripped over the pavement and fell heavily, gashing his knee open and crossed the line dripping with blood!

I had one competitor who had their number on upside down which really caused problems – 98 upside down looks like 86 – and caused a headache with the results, especially when the one number missed in the bike/run timings happened to be number 86!!

Mounts Bay Harriers fielded a strong team of 26 even though most of the club were marshalling!! First home for the Harriers was Kyle Kearey in fourth place overall but who picked up first local male prize. Matt Lawless was second in the 30-39 age group, with Sam Lewis picking up both second novice and third 30-39. Charlotte Hurst was first woman home, nearly eight minutes ahead of her nearest rival, she also picked up first female under 30. Carol Julian was second novice home and Ian Richards was third over 60. Liz Prady was second 50+ female.

Special mention should be made of Jo Clarke, competing in her very first triathlon, and worried sick, who picked up first local lady – WELL DONE JO!!! I suppose I should mention her other half Pete Simms who also took part today in his first (and last!) triathlon – well done to you also Pete. Helen Moran was another first timer who didn’t finish last as she suspected but who finished in under two hours – WELL DONE!!

And so to the top places – no surprises there – Dave Bartlett, who completed the 400 metre swim plus walk (or did he run!) up the side of the pool in a time of 4.45, the 15.5 mile bike including both transitions in 44.46 and the 4 mile run in 23.20, giving a total time of 1.12.51 – over two minutes ahead of his nearest rival, fellow Cycle Logic team mate, Michael Birchmore, who had a quicker run time than Dave but that was about all! He completed the course in 1.14.58. Olly Jose was third in 1.16.07.

As mentioned above, Charlotte Hurst was first lady with splits of 6.16 for the swim, bike 57.25 and run 31.04 with a total time of 1.34.45. Second was Rima Tremlett in 1.41.28 and third Juliet Knowles of Tri Logic in 1.42.50. (Thanks Juliet for bringing your Mum, Dad and daughter, Zoe, to help marshal.)

Many thanks to Brandon Tool Hire at Longrock for the bike racking and barriers – without your help things would be very different!! Also thanks to Nigel at Penzance Leisure Centre for his assistance in setting up registration and Ruan for getting all the cars cleared on Saturday morning! And Stuart, thank you for the cones.

Penzance Fire Brigade also done their bit in ensuring that the flow of bikes from the council car park onto the road was smooth and traffic-free. And not forgetting the free massage by Leah Wheeler’s massage students from Penwith College who are nearing the end of their training approaching their final exams – Ruth, Sarah, Wendy and Phil.

I hope everyone liked their “golden shoe” instead of a medal – something different this year to go with the long-sleeved technical t-shirt in the goody bag.

I am hoping that the Jubilee Pool aquathlons will be going ahead again this year with only four events in the series – May, June, July and August – but I will email everyone about this as soon as the dates have been confirmed.

Once again, thanks to everyone, both competitors and marshals, who made this a great event today!

There will be photos available on Facebook and elsewhere. I’ll put the link on here as soon as I know it.

MBH finishers
4 Kearey Kyle 01:20:30 (1st local)
11 Lawless Matt 01:25:46 (2nd 30-39)
12 Matthews Ian 01:25:54
13 Worledge Mark 01:26:09
14 Gibbins Jonno 01:28:30
15 Lewis Sam 01:28:42 (2nd novice and 3rd 30-39)
28 Hurst Charlotte 01:34:45 (1st overall and 1st under 30)
35 Holden Charlie 01:37:30
40 Jones Simon 01:38:34
42 Brooks Nick 01:39:21
43 Hooper Paul 01:39:59
50 Boucher Richard 01:42:14
63 McNevin Philip 01:45:52
65 Julian Carol 01:46:51 (2nd novice)
67 Perkin Sam 01:47:16
70 Simms Peter 01:48:22
74 Burrows Rob 01:49:52
76 Ringwood Mike 01:50:16
78 Richards Iain 01:50:27 (3rd 60+)
84 Clarke Joanne 01:54:08 (1st local)
89 Lugg Daniel 01:57:10
90 Prady Liz 01:57:28 (2nd 50+)
93 Moran Helen 01:59:46
105 Squire Mark 02:07:54
111 Watkins Yvonne 02:14:28

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