The sixth edition of racing at the Bay delivered yet another great day's racing and perfect weather also brought out the crowds adding to a super atmosphere. The action kicked off with the Northumberland Scottish Pipers and Drums leading the competitors down to the swim start for a single 750m lap out towards the Couple who stand proudly looking out to sea on the breakwater in the Bay. Swim times were super-fast this year given the flat water, and with almost no wind, so were the bike splits. The sun made the run section along the promenade tough, though the cheering crowds gave everyone a lift.
Sean Wylie (oneLife RT) and Phil Aiston (Tyne Tri) once again led the swim out and were first onto the 3 lap bike course on closed roads around the town. Daniel Jenkin (Durham Tri), Garry Walker (Coalfields RT) and Nick Zissler (Bike Science Boardman Elite) soon closed down and led going into the run. Jenkin nailed the run, Zissler followed in second with Wylie in third but the sprint of the day was between Walker and Aiston with only a dip from Walker separating the two. Nothing will beat the finish of the day, (and will remain this authors personal favourite forever), Denise and Les Patterson both of Northumberland Tri, took a detour to the Ship Inn to collect a beer to cool down! Brilliant!!
Pre-race favourite Gemma Frost (Ryton Tri) dominated the female race and it was Christine Burns (Tyne Tri) who held off Jo Zoppi (Coalfields RT) and in doing so also settled the team places with Ryton Tri finishing first, Tyne Tri second and Coalfields RT taking the third place on the podium.
The event team would like to take a moment to reflect on 2014 season and thank everyone for supporting the events and especially a big thank-you to the small army of volunteers who work tirelessly the day before and again put in huge hours on race day to make all this happen.