Voted time and time again one of the UK?s best small triathlons, the 22nd Perranporth Extreme Surf Triathlon was held on Sunday with a massive crowd watching the action. As one competitor put it ?this Triathlon is just such a beautiful one to do?, and this year it once again blessed with fine warm sunshine andblue skies. The 278 entrants charged on mass into a 3 – 4ft surf giving the surf swimmers an advantage.
The 1km sea swim which was described by local entrants as one of the toughest they had done for a while saw Truro swimmer David Bartlett out first with perranporth lifeguard Dan Goodway in 2nd. Junior Hefferman in 4th. Natasha Dimment also of Truro simming club lead the women with Lucy Gossage race favourite chasing her down.
The hardcore and hilly 38 km cycle which takes competitors up the steep St George’s Hill out of Perranporth, over to Goonbell, then to Chiverton and back twice, saw Hefferman taking a dominant lead. The run to Penhale Corner which goes up and over the steep Highcliff towards Perran Sands and down to the corner at Penhale and then back along the sand, finished on the inner green in the village in front of a very large crowd of spectators.
Junior Hefferman from Plymouth won in a time of 01:54:46. Kit Stokes 2nd and Tom Davey 3rd. The Women?s race saw Lucy Gossage take first place in a time of 02:11:23 finishing 26th overall Helen Dyke came in second place in a time of 02:13:34 and Natasha Diment third with 02:19:12. Perranporth SLSC?s Michael Birchmore and Natasha Diment won the Junior Mens and Girls event. The team event was won by the Slippery Eels team.
(Report taken from Perranporth SLSC website)
2:16:50 Mark Worledge
2:24:58 Nick Brooks
2:26:28 Charlotte Hurst
2:30:07 Paul Hooper
3:00:55 Yvonne Turner
The swim was like being in a washing machine!