300 competitors turn a sunny triathlon into a runaway success!

Pictures from the weekend's triathlon
Pictures from the weekend's triathlon

Around 300 people took part in the Harborough triathlon at the weekend, an increase of 40 per cent on the previous year.

The triathlon saw entrants swimming, cycling and running across the town from the race base at Harborough Leisure Centre.

Pictures from the weekend's triathlon

Pictures from the weekend's triathlon

The event, which had sunny weather for the second year running, included many returning athletes who took part in the inaugural 2014 event.

In the “sprint triathlon” event, Phillip Maddocks won the men’s race with a time of 1:03:42 and Helen Talbot won the woman’s race in 1:12:44.

From the 80 people in the ‘try a tri’ distance, Matthew Taylor won the men’s race with a time of 40:36 minutes and Amy McArragher won the women’s race in 48:36 minutes. Both female winners set a new record time for their respective distances, both knocking around two minutes off the previous record.

The Tri County Cup was won by The Rugby Triathlon Club who fielded a number of members in the event. The relay event was won by a team called ‘Bar Ram Ewe’.

Cllr Michael Rook, who was one of a team of people presenting medals to finishers, said: “It was great to see so many people participating enthusiastically in what is clearly a challenging event.

“There was a great spirit of friendly competition amongst the athletes.”

Alec Welton, owner of Archway Health, the event’s sponsor said: “What made the event so special was the diversity of people taking part - from all ages and of all standards. This is not an elitist event; it is for anybody.”

Many other local businesses got involved from donating prizes to lending staff to help marshall the event.

The triathlon’s organisers Brian Corcoran and Amy Kingston from Race Harborough have launched a number of sporting events over the past 12 months including the town’s first Santa Run. a 100km cycling sportive and the return of the town’s half marathon on carnival day.