Three cheers for town’s first triathlon

ON YOUR BIKE -- a competitor out on the course
ON YOUR BIKE -- a competitor out on the course

THE FIRST-ever triathlon held in Hucknall has been hailed a major success — and plans are already being hatched to turn it into one of the town’s top annual sporting occasions.

Fifty competitors entered the race, which centred on Hucknall Leisure Centre on Linby Road.

They took on a sprint discipline that included a 400m pool swim, a technical 20-kilometre bike-ride taking in Hucknall bypass and parts of the west of the town and then a five-kilometre run, including tough climbs on The Ranges on the border between the town and Linby.

It was all put together by Balanced Performance, a multi-sport club in Hucknall for cyclists, runners, triathletes and duathletes.

The event was dominated by the over-40s with veterans taking the top places with Melvyn Haywood the winner, followed by Dave Miller.

The first Hucknall resident across the line was third-placed Carl Jordan.

Top-placed female was Charlotte Taylor, who came fourth overall and was 11 minutes ahead of her closest female rival.

Charlie Jordan and Hayley Goodwin, both of Hucknall, took the honours in the junior male and female categories respectively.

Special mention goes to sixth-placed Peter Gore, who completed his first triathlon since suffering serious injuries when he was hit by a car a year ago.

The founder of Balanced Performance, Chris Aulton, said: “The feedback from competitors has been overwhelmingly positive with many saying they will be back next year and will bring others with them.

“Lots of competitors have said what great support they had from residents and spectators on the course and we must thank the marshals who gave up their Sunday mornings to make the event possible.

“Entry numbers were lower than expected, but we are a new event and clashed with Father’s Day and the established Derby Triathlon.”

Sponsorship came from the Hucknall High Street branch of Specsavers, while backing also came from High 5 energy products and ex-Nottingham bike company Raleigh.

Each competitor was given a special goody-bag.

Janet Archer, of Specsavers, said: “A huge well done to all the competitors. It was a challenging event and great to see them in transition between the pool, the bikes and the run. The crowd gave them tremendous support as they crossed the line.”