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Hundreds of triathletes from across the UK and beyond descended on Hawley Lake, Hampshire for the ever popular Huntsman Triathlon powered by Suunto.

 

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A rainy start cleared early on, and the warm morning sun shone on the competitors as they entered Hawley Lake for a 1500 metre swim.

 

Kicking off proceedings were the sprint distance racers, with eventual winner Alex Deans blitzing the competition to complete the 750 metre swim in just over 10 minutes. The 17 year old went on to complete almost 3 minutes ahead of second place Gareth Sylvester-Bradley. Oliver Murphy rounded off the men’s sprint top 3.

 

Anna Mcglaughlin won the women’s sprint distance in a hotly contested race. Ali Housley crossed the line in second place, just 34 seconds behind Anna with Ludovica Bruno in third.

 

In the Olympic distance event, just 3 minutes separated the top 3 with Colin Dixon emerging victorious after a hugely impressive 22 minute 1500 metre swim which set him up brilliantly for the rest of the course. Karl Free of Metropolitan Police Triathlon finished second after a strong cycle section, with Robert Fryer finishing third.

 

Vicki Dibdin completed the Olympic course a convincing 10 minutes ahead of second place Rebecca Campbell, Vicky gained a 6 minute lead in the cycle section alone!

 

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A spokesperson for Always Aim High Events, the organisers of the Huntsman Triathlon, commented: “It’s a huge privilege to be able to Hawley Lake and host this super friendly and fun adventure trail triathlon. The triathletes were cheered on by huge crowds along the transition and event village, as well as out on the cycle.”

 

“We’d like to say a huge thank you to all the competitors, visitors and marshals who made the day what it was! We would like to thank our event partners, Suunto, Pedal Cover, High5 Sports Nutrition, AquaSphere, Erdinger and Superfeet for the continued support.”

 

For photos courtesy of Light Trapper photography please visit huntsmantri.com.

 

Huntsman Triathlon 2016 powered by Suunto

Selected Results:

 

Olympic Distance

Men’s Top 3

  1. Colin Dixon                         02:07:02
  2. Karl Free 02:09:34
  3. Robert Fryer 02:10:07

 

Women’s Top 3

  1. Vicky Dibdin 02:25:24
  2. Rebecca Campbell 02:36:36
  3. Vikki Aust 02:41:07

 

Sprint Distance

Men’s Top 3

  1. Alex Deans 01:04:08
  2. Gareth Sylvester-Bradley 01:06:57
  3. Oliver Murphy 01:07:11

 

Women’s Top 3

  1. Anna Mcglaughlin 01:22:09
  2. Ali Housley 01:22:43
  3. Ludovica Bruno 01:24:14

 

Full results, courtesy of TDL Event Services, are available at huntsmantri.com

 

Images: Light Trapper Photography