Triathlon a big success

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TADCASTER Triathlon has been hailed a huge success, attracting hundreds of participants and spectators, and raising around £2,000 for Tadcaster Community Swimming Pool.

Organisers are hoping Wetherby Triathlon on Monday, May 30 will be just as successful.

Wetherby had its own success at the Tadcaster Triathlon with Emily Legg of Wetherby Runners Triathlon Section (RATS) winning the junior women’s category in a stunning time of 1.05.31 – 21st overall.

Emily is part of the British Triathlon Yorkshire and Humberside development squad.

Organiser Paul Drinkwater said: “After a good few weeks of beautiful weather we could only hope that it would hold out for Tadcaster Triathlon and it did.

“With a great atmosphere from the outset, everyone was buzzing with excitement.

“Yorkshire and particularly this area has a rich triathlon heritage with former world champion Alistair Brownlee and current world under 23 world champion Jonathon Brownlee both currently living in Bramhope.”

The event was sponsored by Cyclesense Tadcaster and prizes were donated by Coors along with the use of their car park for transition.

Mr Drinkwater highlighted the safety of the swim section in the Wetherby Triathlon.

He said: “The swim section is run under strict conditions to ensure the maximum protection for competitors.

“Wetsuits are compulsory and there will be 10 trained canoeists on the water with the swimmers, a private paramedic ambulance on the river bank along with several marshals in wetsuits to assist any swimmers needing to be taken out of the water.”

Wetherby (Rats), based at the Sports Association, is now afiliated to British Triathlon and aims to develop an already strong triathlon section.

The race starts at 8am with the 1,500m swim section first, followed by the 42k cycle on the A168 and then the run on the sustrans cycleway.

To enter, go to www.pdsportsmanagement.co.uk.