Good results for club at triathlon event

Tri Northumberland member Sean Kennedy finishes the Ashington Triathlon.
Tri Northumberland member Sean Kennedy finishes the Ashington Triathlon.

There were decent performances from Tri Northumberland members at an event where the weather gods smiled on the competitors, marshals and spectators.

The club stepped in to organise the Ashington Triathlon to ensure that this year’s edition, the last one to be based at the existing leisure centre, went ahead.

With a field of more than 230, including many first-time triathletes, the race comprised of a 16-length, 400 yards pool swim, 20k bike ride, including two ascents of Bothal Bank, and a 5k run. The conditions were warm and calm.

The men’s race was won by Graham Crammond of Tyne Triathlon with a time of 56m47s. Tyne Tri colleague Kris Whitelaw was second in 58m47s and third was David Turnbull of Tyne and Wear Fire & Rescue Tri Club.

Christine Burns of Tyne Tri won the ladies race with a time of 1hr07m33s – she finished 32nd overall. Venda Louise Pollock of Alnwick Tri was second lady and Natalie Mortimer of Tyne and Wear Fire & Rescue Tri Club was third in this category.

Tri Northumberland had 13 members taking part, with Stephen Locker leading the way with a fantastic 1hr03m time and fastest club bike split of 34m33s. He was 15th overall.

Next in was James Dytham (1hr06m and 24th overall), closely followed by Ryan Shiel with a fast swim split of 5m19s, finishing 29th in 1hr07m, and 30 seconds later saw Keith McMinn come in 33rd overall.

Close behind him was Iain Katz (36th) with a time of 1hr08m. Chris Birch was next in 1hr10m, just outside the top 50 – 50 seconds later new club member Scott Povey finished in 56th place, racing in with an excellent 5k of 19 mins.

In at 1hr13m, with a joint second fastest swim of 6m30s was Mark Duffy, Stephen Holmes finished in 1hr15m in 97th place and Sean Kennedy, in his first season with the club and training for an iron man triathlon later in the season, was 131st in 1hr21m.

Another new member Alan Jobling was 145th in 1hr22m and consistent competitor Anthony Thornton finished in a time of 1hr26m.

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