Northumberland Triathlon 2012

It’s a great feeling when you wake up at stupid o’clock and take an anxious peek outside to check the weather and the Sun is out, trees are still and you can see beautiful blue sky. Once again we were lucky with the weather for the Triathlon and previous day’s OWS. Ladyburn (freshwater) Lake is situated on the gorgeous Druridge Bay coastline and with light wind for the swim provided the perfect opportunity to post fast times. The bike course is a real favourite, great location, yes, but mainly due to the course enabling folks to see their competition twice!


The ‘Sprints’ are starting to see a growing trend towards a more youthful top 10, driven by the fantastically talented U20’s in the region, the local competition is forcing the performances which is a delight to see. Calum Johnson, Ryton Tri, who’s back in full training after his exams led from gun to tape by some distance too posting the fastest swim and run splits. Jack Willis and Charlie Harris-Pratt both exited the 750m swim together, Willis exited T1 just in front, holding their positions on the bike, they proceeded to post the second and third fastest run splits respectively. It was left to Ian Walton and Michael Lavender to close the gap on the bike but it was not enough.

Becki Newman, Tyne Tri, who won the 1500m swim the previous day, repeated the pattern of leading gun to tape, with fastest swim and run splits. The race for second place was very tight, closely fought by Lorna Macdonald, Leeds Met Tri, and Melissa Hepburn, Alnwick Tri with Hepburn closing the gap on the bike but Macdonald held on the 2 lap run around the lake to take second.

Overall top 3


  1. Becki Newman 01:14:55 Tyne Triathlon
  2. Lorna Macdonald 01:21:00 Leeds Met Triathlon Club
  3. Melissa Hepburn 01:21:50 Alnwick District Triathlon Club


  1. Calum Johnson 01:02:34 Ryton Tri Club
  2. Jack Willis 01:05:58 Tri4u Coaching
  3. Charlie Harris-Pratt 01:08:31 One Life Racing - One Life Kids

Standard Distance

The Standard distance gave an opportunity for the ‘older’ generation to have some glory. Jones, Jameson and Godley made the break on the swim coming out 80 seconds ahead of chasing pack. Fast out of T1 saw Pay, Staines and Copland started to eat into this lead and just after the turn into the growing headwind saw them and Gowland take control, with fast running David Turnbull, NE31 Tri, making progress through the field. 30 seconds covered the top 3 out of T2, but despite posting fast run split Turnbull just couldn’t close the gap – Ironman Lanzarote training taken the zip out of his legs at the moment. On lap 3 of 4 run saw Copland,, take the lead and take victory from Pay, F4L Coaching, with Staines, NE31 tri taking third from team mate Turnbull in fourth.

The female race was led gun to tape by Helen Jones, F4L Coaching, with the fastest swim and run. Kerry Gowland, NE31 Tri moved through the field with her normal fast bike split to take second from Rebecca Ladyman, Darlington Tri, who rounded out the top 3.

Overall Top 3


  1. Helen Jones 02:21:44 F4L Coaching
  2. Kerry Gowland 02:31:34 NE31 Tri Club
  3. Rebecca Ladyman 02:39:12 Darlington Triathlon Club


  1. Alan Copland 02:03:29
  2. Iain Pay 02:04:40 F4L Coaching
  3. Ian Staines 02:06:27 NE31 Tri Club

Many thanks to the following sponsors for providing the prizes: Zone3, and

Photos will be appearing online thanks to Rob at!vo2maxracing|c11qk and race report on

Next up, Newbiggin Bay Sprint, the region’s favourite Sprint Tri and traditionally closes the open water season, hopefully see you on 9th September.