Penzance Triathlon

penzance-triJohn Prady took this photo – I’m not sure what this competitor’s number is though!!  Maybe next year everyone should do the triathlon in fancy dress…..



Mel’s photos ( Photos HERE

John Prady took some photos and loaded them onto Flikr HERE

Outdoor Sports Action photos HERE

Many thanks to everyone who turned up today who made the event so successful.  The weather was better than I could have hoped for (especially after last year!)

All competitors, bar two, turned up.   All marshals who said they would turn up did, plus I had an extra six turn up on the day.  (Over 70 marshals to 104 competitors – not a bad ratio!!)

Mounts Bay Harriers held their third Penzance Triathlon on Easter Sunday in glorious sunshine. The 104 competitors had to swim 400 metres at Penzance Leisure Centre’s pool, then cycle 15.5 miles around West Penwith taking in the absolutely wonderful views as they cycled along the A3071 towards St Just and then back along the A30 via Chapel Carn Brea, and then ran 4 miles along the roads, lanes and byways of Heamoor.

Overall winner was Nathan Jolly of Camborne, who knocked nearly two minutes off of his last year’s time, completing the course in an amazing 1 hour, 12 minutes and 45 seconds – a course record. In second place was Tom Davey from Bodmin in 01:14:47 and third was Mounts Bay Harriers’ rising star, Sam Hill from Goldsithney, completing only his second triathlon in a time of 01:18:01!!

For the women, Mounts Bay Harriers had both first and second. Sam Lawley from Hayle finished in a wonderful time of 01:32:35, with Charlotte Hurst of Helston, the youngest competitor, following in 01:37:50. Third place was taken by Tamar Trotter, Jo Church in 01:38:58.

The overall men and women all received Easter eggs or chocolates for their efforts.

Age group prizes were won by quite a few local competitors – Charlotte Hurst, taking the under 30 category for the women, followed by Kate Conway of Helston (her first triathlon, and very nervous), with Emily Trebilcock of Gyllyngvase SLSC in third. The overall first, second and third men also took the under 30 male prizes.

The 30-39 category for women was first Sam Lawley, second Kay Kershaw, who runs the At-Your-Pace running shop in Helston, and third was Wendy Scott of Mounts Bay Harriers. For the men, first Chris Dominey of Camel Valley Tri Club, second Julian Wills, British Triathlon’s national equity manager, and third Andrew Teague from Bodmin.

The women’s 40-49 prizes were taken by Jo Church of Tamar Trotters with fellow member Helen Ralph picking up the third prize. Second place was Liz Lusty from Feock. Dave Pell of Cornwall AC was first for the men in this age group, followed by Mounts Bay Harrier Mark Worledge and then Mark King from Tri-Logic.

Nicky Deane-Simmons of Launceston Road Runners picked up the 50-59 age group prize with Julie Moss from Pensilva in second place. John Thompson of Camel Valley Tri Club was first for the men, with Nick Brooks of Mounts Bay Harriers a close second. Richard Duane from St Austell came in third.

There were no women in the 60 plus category but there were a fair number of male OAPs still competing and in decent times!! First was Andy Blonden of East Cornwall Harriers, with Christopher Harrison from Gloucester in second place with another Mounts Bay Harrier, Iain Richards, in third.

All competitors received a brilliant goody bag which included a saddle bag and bike repair kit together with a crème egg and hot cross bun!! Medals were given out by Bethany Tressider, a Mounts Bay Harrier junior, on the finish line assisted by sisters, Emily, Katie and Madeline Walker, whose mother, Natalie, won the first local female prize. First local male was Kyle Kearey, a Mounts Bay Harrier from Penzance.

Many thanks go to Penwith District Council for the use of their car park for transition, to the Fire Brigade for their support outside the fire station, to Penzance Leisure Centre for the use of their facilities, Brandon Tool Hire of Long Rock for the cycle racking and barriers, At-Your-Pace of Helston who donated some of the prizes and, lastly but not least, to the over 70 marshals who gave up their Easter Sunday morning to cheer and support the competitors and make it one of the safest in the County – without them this event would not have happened!


Penzance Triathlon Prize winners
Penzance Triathlon Prize winners

Photo taken by Mel Sedgwick of

LOST PROPERTY – One pair of Speedo goggles left by swim exit – claimed!

I hope to see everyone at our Jubilee Pool Aquathlon series starting on Saturday, 23 May (Bank Holiday weekend).  Just turn up and take part!

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