Celebrations follow first Tallington Lakes Triathlon

The first Tallington Lakes Triathlon on Sunday
The first Tallington Lakes Triathlon on Sunday
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A total of 161 triathletes took to Tallington Lakes for the inaugural triathlon on Sunday as 99 completed the sprint distance and 62 crossed the finish line of the longer, Olympic distance.

Simon Hoppe of PACTRAC stormed the sprint field in 1:14:47 while Beth Wilmot was the leading lady in 15th place overall with a finishing time of 1:25.

First home in the Olympic distance was Nathan Tweedie in 2:09:59 in his first-ever triathlon.

Leading the women’s race and placing eighth overall was Maggie Skinner in 2:27:05.

Conditions were described as perfect, warm with a little cloud cover.

Cooler than Saturday, it was a great relief for the triathletes and their supporters lining the course.

Sprint triathletes, many of them first-timers to the three-disciplined race, took on a 750m swim, 24km bike, 5km run.

The Olympic distance tested Sunday’s triathletes with a 1,500m swim, 46km cycle and 10km run.

Terri Langley was glowing after completing her first-ever triathlon.

She said: “I completed the sprint distance and it was great to do this at Tallington.

“The swim was amazing and marked out brilliantly. I can’t thank the marshals enough and there were plenty of signs directing us around the course. Loved the medals. Loved the event, hope I’ll be back next year!”

David Styring added: “What a cracking event and really well supported by the locals. Great medal, I’ll definitely be back for more next year.”

Jason Randall, race director, said of SBR Events’ first Tallington Lakes Triathlon: “What an incredible day!

“We’d like to send our congratulations to all those who took part, our thanks to the hundreds of spectators that lined the course and lastly the venue and our volunteers for helping us put on a fantastic event.

“We’re looking forward to 2016 already.”