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Fast, fun and friendly was the theme for the first Marauder Allerthorpe Triathlon

Fast, fun and friendly was the theme for the first Marauder Allerthorpe Triathlon

The first Marauder Triathlon Race at Allerthorpe Lakeland Park saw over 200 athletes taking on the challenge of a Sprint or Super Sprint Triathlon

Triathlon racing returned to Allerthorpe this weekend in beautiful conditions, with athletes taking to the water and surrounding roads of East Yorkshire.

As athletes arrived for registration, the lake fog shimmered over the peaceful water at Allerthorpe Lakeland Park, and there was a nervous yet excited atmosphere in the air as athletes parked their bikes in transition and began warming up to take to the water.

Triathletes attempting the Sprint distance of an 800m swim, 20km bike and 5km run were set off in three waves. A fourth wave of athletes competing in the half-distance Super Sprint race would conclude the day of racing. A brilliant volunteer team of Marshalls spread themselves out over the course, and just before nine O’clock, the first wave of swimmers entered the water.

As the final two swimmers from the first wave left the water, they were met with cheers and applause from the athletes in the second wave waiting to start their race. This set the tone for a competitive yet supportive atmosphere all along the course, with athletes cheering each other on as they pedalled and paced along the routes.

The bike leg took athletes on a 20km loop, initially passing through Melbourne village with residents lining the streets to cheer on all the participants, before heading towards Seaton Ross and turning back towards Allerthorpe Lakeland park. The run leg offered athletes a fast and flat 5k along quiet country roads, before they returned to the park for a sprint to the finish line. Supporters lined the final stretch of the race around the transition area, providing plenty of encouragement for athletes.

Men's Sprint Triathlon podium

The Men’s Sprint Triathlon Podium: (L-R) Chris Day, Charlie Swales, Andy Tarry

In the men’s sprint race, Charlie Swales came into T1 with some work to do after a tough and hotly contested swim.  A fantastic performance on the bike helped him to take the lead and he followed it with a 19-minute 5k to become the first Marauder Sprint winner. Andy Tarry started strong with the second quickest swim time of the day to finish the race in second, whilst Chris Day made up ground on the run to stand on the final step of the podium.

“It was really nice, good weather and a great event. The bike course was nice, it was nice and fast, a really nice course and you could just put your head down and drill through it. I had a bit of a rough start [to the swim], once I caught them I could see them in transition and I had it in my head to catch them. I knew [going into the run] I had a little bit of a lead by then, and just wanted to settle in and keep that gap, and maybe build it slightly.” Charlie Swales, Men’s Sprint winner.


Women's Sprint Triathlon Podium

Women’s Sprint Triathlon Podium (L-R): Sarah Weston, Neve Hattee, Naomi Drakeford

Roisin Gorry led the women out the water, with Naomi Drakeford and Neve Hattee hot on her heels. Neve put in a blistering performance on the bike to lead into T2, and although Naomi chased her down with a very quick run, Neve had built enough of a lead on the bike to hold on and take the victory. Naomi secured the runners up position, whilst a consistent performance from Sarah Weston helped her finish in third.

“I loved every second of the race and didn’t stop smiling! The swim was chaos as always, while the bike and run course were flat, fast and thoroughly enjoyable. Highly recommend the race to anyone from beginners to elites and it was extremely well organised!” Neve Hattee, Women’s Sprint winner.

Mens Super Sprint Triathlon Podium

Mens Super Sprint Triathlon Podium (L-R): Dan During, Luke Lambert, Paul Dunn

Luke Lambert gave a quick performance and took a decisive victory in the mens Super Sprint race. He held the quickest time on the bike, and second and third quickest times on the bike and swim legs respectively. Dan Durkin had the quickest run leg of the day to help him take second place, whilst Paul Dunn was consistent in all areas of the race to finish in third.

“Yeah it was really good, I love the organisation – the fact that it was closed roads for this race was really cool. It’s not really my distance, I’m more of a long-distance kind of person, but it was a good training event for me, and really good fun”  Luke Lambert, Men’s Super Sprint winner.

Women's Super Sprint Triathlon

Women’s Super Sprint Triathlon Podium (L-R): Jill Harrison, Natalie Nelson, Ellie Harrison

In the womens race, Natalie Nelson started very strong and was the fastest overall swimmer in the Super Sprint. Natalie was able to keep her sensational pace going for the remainder of the race to take the win. Ellie Harrison and Jill Harrison finishing second and third respectively.

“It was good, I haven’t been running very well [in training] but I ran alright today. The swim was my favourite stage” Natalie Nelson, Women’s Super Sprint winner.

The overall theme for the day was enjoyment, with athletes of all abilities smiling proudly as they collected their medals.

After finishing, Claire  Johnson told us “It was really good, I think it’s the smiliest event I’ve ever done. I really enjoyed the bike, it was flat and it was fast. Always a good feeling, [coming round the bend and seeing the finish line], I might try the Olympic distance next, in September”

Caroline Hovington was ecstatic when she finished the race, “It was absolutely wonderful. The swim was great and we were well looked after, a nice well sign-posted cycle route, and encouraged along the run route by the marshals. Very friendly people got us around

The next Marauder race is in Allerthorpe on the 7th August, with an Olympic Distance being added to the program alongside the Super Sprint and Sprint races. If you want to challenge yourself and sign up, you can enter on the Marauder Website.

Check out the race photos here.

View the Full Results here.

Allerthorpe Sprint Triathlon Results and Timing here.

Allerthorpe Super Sprint Triathlon Results and Timing here.

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Words by Gareth Vogan, photos by Mick Kirkman