Penzance Triathlon 2013 results

MBH Penzance Tri 2013 results

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The forecast was for heavy rain and gale force gusts of wind but the seventh Penzance Triathlon organised by Mounts Bay Harriers still went ahead!

The event organiser, Yvonne Turner, contacted all the 120 competitors the day before advising them of the weather forecast and asking that if they were going to turn up that they wear high viz and have lights on their bike so that they were visible to other road users. And turn up they did! Only five dropped out due to the weather and another due to bike problems. Most sane people would have stayed in bed on opening the curtains and looking out!

Also over 90 marshals turned up, starting to appear from 5.30am in the morning to help set everything up and not leaving until it was taken down and cleared up. They were the absolute stars of the day with all the competitors commenting upon how cheerful and encouraging they were despite the conditions. There has been fantastic feedback from all who took part on how well organised the event was.

The strong winds, gusting up to 45mph in places (especially over towards St Just), caused a few problems on the bike with competitors having to use all their strength just to stay upright. Ian Neal took a nasty fall off his bike at Buryas Bridge and tore his tri suit leaving his rear end exposed and a nasty gash on his leg, but he still completed the whole event despite the discomfort he must have been in. Most competitors said it was slower going down the hills than up at times. Those with light bikes were very susceptible to the cross winds on the high ground by Semmens Fuels on the St Just road. For anyone who completed the course yesterday they should be very proud of themselves as it was an achievement!

Special thanks to Brandon Tool Hire for providing the bike racking and setting it up, Chris Sedgeman Scaffolding for the 50 brand new cones, Regents Court Veterinary Practice for the trophies, Cornwall Council for the total use of their car park at St Clares, Penwith College for the competitor parking and Penzance Leisure Centre for the use of their facilities. Also the Fire Brigade helped out on the bike out ensuring safe flow of traffic.

A major highlight of the day was the wedding proposal on the finish line ? Gary Schofield got down on one knee (or would have done if he hadn?t have suffered cramp) and proposed to Talwyn Drew! It was a very emotional moment with lots of tears being shed by Talwyn. Only Gary?s sister and Yvonne Turner were in on the surprise as one had the ring and the other had to ensure that Talwyn was marshalling on the finish line.

The overall winner was Neil Eddy of Cycle Logic completing the total event in 1.15.55 ? 30 seconds slower than last year because he was taking it easy due to the weather conditions….. His splits were 5.04 for the 400 metre swim (which included the walk to the timing desk at the back door of the pool), 47.37 for the 15.5 mile bike ride into a head wind for the majority of the way and 23.14 for a 4 mile run! Absolutely amazing!!

Second placed Rich Thorpe of RN Triathlon was nearly seven minutes behind Neil ? 5.42 swim/51.54 bike/24.08 run = 1.21.44 overall. Third was Richard Lee of Packet of Three 6.32 swim/50.31 bike/25.16 run = 1.22.19 overall.

For the women, Mounts Bay Harriers? Alice Nicholas was the runaway winner finishing 17th overall in 1.30.57 nearly five minutes ahead of second placed Anne Maskell of Cycle Logic 1.34.28. Unattached Lisa Crawford finished in third place in 1.40.10.

No-one received two prizes and so the overall winners were not recognised in the age group prizes, this meant that more people received trophies.

There were also prizes for the first three male and female novices. These are competitors where Penzance Triathlon was either their first or second triathlon. First male was Martyn Price, 13th overall in 1.28.22 with Rich Matthews of Chepstow Harriers following five seconds later in 1.28.27. Steven Brookes took third place in 1.35.25. For the ladies, Siobhan McInerney of Mounts Bay Harriers was first, despite having back problems, in 2.00.11, second Rebecca Bishop 2.03.58 and third Helen Hughes 2.08.00. This was a brilliant performance from all these novices in such challenging conditions.

The final two prizes were presented to the first local male and female who living in the TR18, TR19 or TR20 post code areas. These were both won byMounts Bay Harriers – Mark Worledge for the men, 16th overall, in 1.29.54 and Joanne Clarke for the women in 2.02.52

There were a few of husband and wife teams taking part yesterday ? Nicola and Jeremy Kewn, Michelle and Mark Grenfell, Lin and Nick Rees, John and Sacha Hosking. In all cases the husband came first but not always by a large time difference!

Despite providing so many marshals for the event the Harriers still had nearly 30 triathletes competing in it.

1 Pete Le Grice 01:24:10
2 Gary Rich 01:25:49
3 Kyle Kearey 01:26:46
4 Matt Lawless 01:27:21
5 Mark Worledge 01:29:54
6 Alice Nicholas 01:30:57
7 Ben Hicks 01:32:51
8 Mark Russell 01:34:26
9 Tom Wood 01:35:38
10 Mark Grenfell 01:38:02
11 Martin Post 01:39:39
12 Richard Herrick 01:40:17
13 Desmond O’Connell 01:42:19
14 Paul Hooper 01:46:24
15 Cherish Maxwell 01:46:45
16 Jeremy Kewn 01:48:03
17 Barry Jackson 01:50:40
18 Stuart Thomson 01:52:12
19 Robert Burrows 01:53:22
20 Michelle Grenfell 01:54:43
21 Michael Ringwood 01:56:28
22 Sacha Hosking 01:58:37
23 Siobhan McInerney 02:00:11
24 Adam Oliver 02:01:08
25 Joanne Clarke 02:02:52
26 Nicola Kewn 02:10:27
27 Jennifer Powell 02:12:30
28 John Greenaway 02:13:59
29 Charlotte Kent 02:24:14