With many road runners mid-taper for London, attention this weekend turned to Cornwall’s first triathlon of the season. The 120 triathletes lucky enough to get a spot in the Penzance Triathlon were treated to a repeat of last year’s challenging conditions, with strong winds, mist and rain adding to the challenging ride out to St Just and back. The weather wasn’t enough to scare off novice triathletes, with 34 taking part in their first or second triathlon on Sunday (Cornwall Running News included!).
Definitely not making heavy weather of the race was George Prewett from Saltash, who won the overall race in 1:18:55 (6:10 swim / 48:19 bike / 24:26 run). This was a massive improvement on his 25th place in 2013, with most of the gains coming on the bike, where he knocked twelve minutes off last year’s time! Ian Wright from St Agnes improved his 2013 time by six minutes to finish second in 1:20:15 (6:23/49:35/24:17), and Mounts Bay Harrier, Kyle Kearey, took third with 1:21:14 (5:17/50:32/25:25), another big improvement.
The first two places on the ladies podium were a repeat of last year’s result, with Alice Nicholas of Mounts Bay Harriers finishing 11th overall to lead the ladies home in 1:27:25 (5:28/55:06/26:51), taking over three minutes off last year’s time to break the 1:30 barrier. Anne Maskell of Cycle Logic took second in 1:32:28 (7:42/57:15/27:31), with Kathryn Burgess of Cornwall AC third in 1:36:00 (8:16/1:00:30/27:14).
After the race on Sunday, Ian Matthews of Mounts Bay Harriers confirmed what many have suspected since the storms earlier this year: there will be no aquathlon series in Penzance this year. This is due to the damage caused to Jubilee Pool and the promenade, which will not be repaired in time (it looks unlikely that Jubilee Pool will reopen at all this summer). Mounts Bay Harriers are considering alternatives, such as a race involving an open water swim, or possible some short duathlons, but it will be at least 2015 before we see a repeat of the popular summer evening series.
Taunton Marathon / Half: Mike Robinson (Tamar Trotters) had another good day today, finishing seventh at the Taunton Marathon in 2:57:14. Mud Crew Ultra Team member Di Roy finished second lady in 3:15:48.
In the half, Paul Gregg (Tamar Trotters) finished ninth overall and second in the V45 category with 1:21:04, with fellow Trotter Anne Luke finishing third for the ladies in 1:26:58.
Manchester / Paris
For those running further afield, links to full results are shown below. Unfortunately, club details aren’t shown, so we haven’t been able to highlight many Cornwall runners. We can mention Reece Ingram, of Mud Crew, who posted an excellent 3:03:51 at Manchester.
If you know of any results you would like to see mentioned, please feel free to add them to the comments below, or give a shout out on Facebook!
Penzance Triathlon (pdf)
Taunton Marathon / Half (web)
Manchester Marathon (web)
Paris Marathon (web)