What a great day out, weather was perfect for racing, lovely and warm and hardly any wind. Many thanks to you all for making today so much great fun and congratulations to the many triathletes who completed their first open water triathlon, very well done! Many thanks for all the fabulous feedback (please keep comments coming in, Facebook and Twitter details below) especially our event crew who provide superb support to everyone competing, making sure you finished with a big smile.
It was a great morning for Scott Holmes, the former #1 triathlete in the region, who is now coaching the Batey sisters; Natalie led from start to finish in the Sprint, while Jennifer won the Standard. Scott also coaches Michael Lavender, winner of the Male Standard distance race.
The Standard distance triathlon was first wave off looking to complete 2 laps of the warm lake followed 5 minutes later by the Sprint wave where first three out and into T1 were Sean Wylie (OneLife), Phil Jameson (Tri4u) and Michal Ondrej (Darlington Tri) with a 75 seconds lead over the chasing pack which included Natalie Batey (T&W Fire), Nicolette Hollindale (Darlington Tri) and Julia Capper (Tyne Tri).
Out onto the bike and it was incredibly tight with no change in the men's race into T2 but all change in the females with Batey extending her lead and Sophie Wickham (Tyne Tri) and Marie Stansmore powering their way through the field and held positions on the run, and despite putting in the fastest run of the day, Alison Dargie (TRI) couldn't close the gap to round out the top four. The men's race saw Ondrej move out in front with the fastest split of the day, and with Jason Cutler steaming down the track, Jameson and Wylie just managed to hold on to their second and third places respectively.
The action wasn't finished yet and the Standard didn't disappoint with the three 'M's finishing on the podium in the male race. Micheal Lavender (Coalfields RT) first out the water closely followed by Micheal Hindmarch (Tyne) and Mike Little (OneLife) and that's the way it stayed to the tape despite John Warrington's best attempts just losing out by 12 seconds. The female race saw Jennifer Batey following her sisters earlier example and led from gun to tape. The remaining podium places were fought out over this popular course, Druridge Bay is a National Trust protected area and provides a lovely backdrop to racing. Helen Jones (F4L) second out the water and also back into T2 but was chased down by Tyne Tri's Christine Burns who put in a superb run split to take second place from Jones.
Special mention to Paul & Helen Jones who are emigrating to Oz this month, they are a popular couple and have been part of the region's triathlon family for over 15 years and Paul has personally developed the sport in so many ways, he will be a huge miss. Everyone wishes you all the very best wishes for you new and exciting chapter, remember to keep in touch!
Full report on the website and will appear in the tri247.com roundup. Final results are now available and photos of the event are available at http://double-i-photography.co.uk/collection/northumberlandtri13 courtesy of Rob at double-i-photography, and at https://picasaweb.google.com/113562417702657933373/NorthumberlandTriathlon2013# thanks to Bob Marshall.
Next up, Newbiggin Sprint Triathlon, 1st September is an ETU European Qualifier for Kitzbhul 2014, hope to see you there!