City of Birmingham Triathlon – 21st July 2013.

With an unexpected wet start to the day the first of 1200 competitors started filling the field from 5.30am in anticipation of their 7am swim start in the warm waters of Powell’s Pool. The peaceful morning and calm water was interrupted as the first 230 Olympic male swimmers began their race fighting for pole position and the chance of victory.

It was clear that was exactly what Ian Smith had in mind as he pushed forward for an amazing lead and exited the lake with a winning swim time of 00:19:47.80. He went on to take top honours of the day with fastest swim, bike & run times and an impressive first place time of 02:00:41.40, a whopping 00:13:01.25 in front of Daniel Franks in second place.

The bike course on tarmac roads through Sutton Park challenged competitors with the negotiation of some rough terrain, a few potholes and the addition of wild cattle joining in the fun! The undulating and slightly hilly run course gave the competitors a tough finish to the event but with the fantastic support of friends, family, spectators & volunteers they made it to the finish line to receive their 2013 Race Series Finishers Medal and the thought of doing it all again next year.

The Olympic females saw Rosie Davies from Birmingham take first place in 02:30:14.70 closely followed by Hannah Biddel in 02:30:53.70 and Rebecca Fox in 3rd place in 02:32:10.80.

Sprint Male winner was Steven Castle from Kingswood Tri Club in 01:06:28.20 and Sprint Female winner Laura Fuller in 01:13:52.10.

Barnsley Road Club, Phil Addy’s team, took the Relay first place in 02:10:31.95.

This year saw competitor numbers double in this events’ second year and with the full support of Birmingham City Council along with the overwhelming atmosphere created by both competitors and their supporters this event looks set to be an increasingly popular date on the tri calendar. See comments below for some of the fantastic feedback via Facebook.

Paul Taylor Great race today, well organised and big thank you to all the people that helped. Oh yeah totally new experience having a herd of cows running onto the bike course.. I’m use to kangaroos jumping on the road!

Daniel Jones Amazing day my 1st OD and loved every second (apart from the swim haha) Thanks to all of the helpers especially the kind ladies who encouraged me up the hill on the run course.

For more information, results and race photographs go to www.uktriathlon.co.uk/birmingham/results.htm

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