What a great day's racing once again at the Bay, the women's field had pre-race favourite Emma Holt win by a clear margin of 5 minutes contrasting a very tight finish of just 35 seconds separating the men's top 4.
The beach start swim to the Couple on the breakwater 260m out in the bay saw the fastest swim and into T1 by Owen Mitchell closely followed by junior Sean Wylie (OneLife Racing) who were closely followed by a large pack that didn't include the eventual top 3 (so there is hope for us non-swimmers after-all). Rosie Lindsay led the female wave out the water by almost 20 seconds.
Onto the 3 lap bike leg, a favourite due to close proximity of racers and spectators around the closed roads in the town centre, saw the eventual top 5 put the pressure on the field, with Steve Anyon (One Triathlon RDS) posting fastest split of 34:41 with Garry Walker (Coalfields RT) 25 seconds later into T2 and both chasing down David Powell just a handful of seconds ahead on the run. Elliot Gowland's (Coalfields RT) bike leg saw him move swiftly through the field and onto take first vet by 2 minutes. Once again it was Walker's run speed (18:33) along the promenade cheered on by large crowds saw the catch of both men in front and take the win. Third place was incredibly close, Paul Brown (Godley Cycles) was 38 seconds down out of T2 and a few more meters would have seen him pass Jonathan Watts who just held on to take the final podium spot.
Back to the women's race and whilst Holt was out in front by 2:25 leaving T2 and eventually running out a comfortable winner, the bike leg saw Emma Frost (Ryton Tri) and Joyce Marks (Tweed Tri) move through the field and onto the run in second and third respectively. Despite making up 2:42 on Marks, it was not enough for Kelly Weall (Bike Science) to take a podium place.
Well done to everyone who finished, those completing their first triathlon and best wishes for those who qualified for Kitzbühel.
The photos are now available online at http://www.double-i-photography.co.uk/vo2 and our thanks to Rob for some great shots.
The event team wish you all the best for the rest of the year and hope to see you in the spring, starting with the Morpeth Duathlon on 6th April, which has beginner, sprint and standard races, the event and course is superb and you'll definitely have a great day and start to your 2014 season. And don't miss out on an unforgettable experience - The Newcastle Triathlon is a brand new major city centre event and looks set to be huge - over 500 pre-registered in the first 48 hours, you can join them and pre-register here to guarantee your spot and snag the Early Bird price.