Leeds Triathlon hailed a great success.
The Leeds Triathlon took place yesterday (Sunday 8th September 2013) in Leeds’ Roundhay Park and saw 295 finishers in the standard distance race, 110 in the sprint race and a lot of spectators cheering on and supporting the triathletes in the park.
In the standard distance race Stephen Schofield of Tri Clan was second out of the water before a strong performance on both the cycle and the run legs put him ahead of the field, securing the winning title in 02:07:03 ahead of Edward Howarth (Rock Racing Team) in 02:08:50 and Thomas Hughes (Tri Camp Race Team) in 02:09:49. Jenni Muston of Wakefield Triathlon Club took the women’s title crossing the finish line with more than a two minute lead in 02:31:35. Emma Hinkles, winner of the 2012 race, was the runner up in 02:33:45 and Helen Nuttall (Wakefield Triathlon Club) took third place in 02:34:48.
The sprint distance race saw Samuel Dickinson take the men’s title in a time of 01:18:11 with Jamie Fradgley of Calderdale Tri Club coming second in 01:19:42 and Garreth Humphries of Holmfirth Harriers third in 01:22:27. Pauline Munro of Wetherby Runners dominated the women’s field and won in 01:31:19 ahead of Charlotte Walton (City Of Chester Tri Club) in 01:34:33 and Jessica Chapman (Toro RT) in 01:38:16.
The standard race incorporated a 1.5 km open water swim in Waterloo Lake, a fast and scenic 43.5 km cycle leg and a 9 km run in Roundhay Park. Athletes in the sprint distance race completed a 750m swim, a 24.3 km cycle and a 6.4 km run.
Race Director Simon Hill commented: “The Leeds Triathlon is an important race on the UK triathlon circuit which is growing continuously, attracting athletes from near and far who want to experience a top triathlon. We saw some fantastic performances from the athletes who all showed true Yorkshire grit in this challenging race, which has been hailed a huge success by everyone involved.
“I would like to thank all the triathletes who took part, the marshals who gave their time, the spectators who showed their support as well as the Roundhay Park Team, Xtra Mile Events Crew, BTF Referees, Manchester Medical Services, LCC Highways and West Yorkshire Police for their help with staging this event.”
Sponsors of the Leeds Xpress Triathlon 2013 included Edinburgh Bicycle Co-operative (Official Bicycle Retail Partner), Starley Bikes (Official Specialist Bike Brand), USN Ultimate Sports Nutrition (Official Nutrition Partner), Zone3 (Official Wetsuit Partner), Clif Bar (Official Energy Bar Partner), Aftershokz (Official Headphone Partner), Up & Running (Official Sports Retail Partner) and Athlete Matters (Official Physio and Rehab Partner).
Leeds Triathlon 2013 – Standard Distance
1500m swim, 43.5 km cycle, 9 km run
1) Stephen SCHOFIELD (Tri Clan), 02:07:03
2) Edward HOWARTH (Rock Racing Team UK), 02:08:50
3) Thomas HUGHES (Tri Camp Race Team), 02:09:49
1) Jenni MUSTON (Wakefield Triathlon Club), 02:31:35
2) Emma HINKLES, 02:33:45
3) Helen NUTTALL, (Wakefield Triathlon Club), 02:34:48
Leeds Triathlon 2013 – Sprint Distance
750m swim, 24.3 km cycle, 6.4 km run
1) Samuel DICKINSON, 01:18:11
2) Jamie FRADGLEY (Calderdale Tri Club), 01:19:42
3) Garreth HUMPHRIES (Holmfirth Harriers), 01:22:27
1) Pauline MUNRO (Wetherby Runners), 01:31:19
2) Charlotte WALTON (City Of Chester Tri Club), 01:34:33
3) Jessica CHAPMAN (Toro RT), 01:38:16
The South Manchester Triathlon (22nd September) and the Oulton Park Autumn Duathlon (6th October) are the two remaining Xtra Mile Events races this season.
Go to www.xtramileevents.com for further details.