On the 20thMay over 450 people participated in the Ashbourne Triathlon. The event run by PMA Racing was a great success with 200 adults competiting in the sprint triathlon and a further 200 juniors participating in the Junior Aquathlon which was part of the British Triathlon’s East Midlands Regional Championships.
The adult event involved swimming 400yds in the Ashbourne Pool followed by a 20km cycle ride that took the competitors up past Darley Moor through the villages of Osmaston and Wyaston and then back down the bypass to the transition zone in XXXX Street. Competitors then had to run a 5 km course up and down the Tissington trail. The blazing weather certainly made life tough for the competitors but many recorded personal best times and everyone judged the event to be a great success.
The junior races involved a pool swim, a very quick transition (putting trainers on) and a run up the Tissington trail and back.
Ashbourne Triathletes had about 15 athletes racing with Martyn Taylor taking the honors finishing 13th overall followed by some great performances especially by the first time triathlon competitors Anna Gill & Mark Wordley.
The junior event, whose distances are based on age, saw some extremely competitive racing as each place was work points in the East Midlands series, the ultimate winner being crowed British Triathlon’s Regional Champion.
Peak Performance were very well represented as always with a mix of experienced and new first-time athletes. The club always sets itself apart from other clubs as one of the best supported and most friendly in the region with all the juniors stopping to support those that hadn’t raced yet. As well as great performances from the first-time athletes, James Wright, Daisy Jasper, Oliver Smith, Alex Irons & Jonas Mullington Peak Performance had 2 podium finishes with Freya Lester winning here race and Michaela Dick coming second in hers.
Head Coach Stephen Greene said ‘having worked closely with Jim Cresswell from PMA and the Team at Ashbourne Leisure Centre to resurrect the event, it was a pleasure to see so many local people being involved whether racing, helping with the organization or supporting the athletes. The adults had a great new course to race on and the juniors also had their own event in the town for the first time. Everyone had a great day, the weather certainly helped, and I hope everyone will support the event again next year. As always, we are keen to introduce the sport to new athletes so anyone wishing to have a go please contact us on Facebook (Ashbourne Triathletes for the Adults & Peak Performance for the juniors) and we can help you to get into the sport. I would especially like to congratulate Freya Lester on her win in Ashbourne, and we hope she will go onto be the East Midlands Champion, and Carl & Claire at the Leisure Centre for helping us put on a great event.’
Commenting on the event Ashbourne Triathletes Chairman Tim Allen said
“ We were delighted to be able to stage our own Ashbourne Triathlon and were delighted with the numbers attending. We hope this will become an annual event and the numbers will build once people have the event in their calenders. We must thank PMA for organizing the event and all the volunteer marshalls from the Ashbourne Tri Club without whom the event could not have taken place.