After a successful inagural year, the Plymouth Aquathlon is set to return on Saturday the 24th June 2017. As well as the ‘Sprint’ & ‘Standard’ Distances offered in 2016, a ‘Super Sprint’ Distance has been added, aimed at those new to the sport. For a more detailed breakdown of the distances, please see below:
- Super-Sprint – (400m swim, 2.5K run)
- Sprint – (750m swim, 5K run)
- Standard – (1500m swim, 10K run)
There will also be races for younger athletes:
- TriStart (8)
- TriStar 1 (9-10)
- TriStar 2 (11-12)
- TriStar 3 (13-14)
- Youth (15-16)
- Junior (17-19)
Please note that this event is AGE AS OF THE 31ST DECEMBER 2017
Included with every entry:
- Event technical t-shirt
- Finisher’s medal
- Race pack
- Swim Hat & Timing Chip
In addition to individual honours, there will be a team trophy up for grabs in 2017, awarded to the most successful club or race team on the day so be sure to put down your club name!
There will be prizes for the following categories:
- Male & Female TriStart all the way through to Junior
- Male & Female Seniors (20-39)
- Male & Female Vets (40-49)
- Male & Female Super Vets (50+)
If you competed, helped out or were a spectator at our 2016 event, please take five minutes to complete a short survey here!
The Mount Batten Peninsula once again played host to the South West Junior Aqauthlon Championships this weekend, with Plymouth’s historic seafront creating an ever-stunning & inspiring backdrop. The record number of Juniors for the event certainly did not disappoint, with a morning filled with fast, fun & indeed furious racing. Eight South West Aquathlon titles were up for grabs this weekend, attracting many of the South West’s top young athletes to Britain’s Ocean city.
In the ‘TriStart’ category, Newquay Cormorants SC’s Edward Eyre got the better of his opponent’s in transition, before extending his lead on the run to take the win over Plymouth Tri’s own Alexander Green in 2nd & Max Stobie. In the female category, Hatti Ducros from St. Petroc Dragons Triathlon Club (Bodmin) was hot on Edward’s heels to finish best of the girls, again followed by Plymouth Tri Club’s Clara Robinson.
In the TriStar 1 category, despite not being part of the South West Series, George Mahon made the journey down from Dorset Pentathletes, among others to take the win ahead of Joseph Martindale & Reen Bowden-Inoue (St. Petroc Dragons). George has already won the TS1 South West Series for this, having recorded three wins at previous events. In the Female category, Alice Clark from Spincycle (Axminster) crossed the line ahead of Bodmin’s Sky Bowden-Inoue & Niamh Harris of Holywell Bay SLSC.
The TriStar two category offered athletes to win the first two titles of the day. Dorset Pentathletes again showed their strength with Alexandra Palotai-Avella & Finn Pardy being crowned the TS2 South West Aquathlon Champions. Silver & Bronze in the female category were deservingly awarded Burnham-On-Sea duo Olivia Earthy & India Porter. Exeter Triathlon Club’s Tomas Piskac & Burnham’s Storm Munday took the remaining podium positions on the male side.
Again, two more titles were on offer for the TriStar 3’s. This time it was the turn of Freya King (West Country Triathletes) & Ryan Symington (Dorset Pentathletes) to take the honours. Vale Trident’s Ben Cumberland & Plymouth College’s Oliver Smart rounded out the podium in the male event, while Dorset Pentathletes’ Jessica Hudson & Kezia Elliott from St Ives SLSC took silver & bronze in the female category. After taking maximum points this weekend, Symington moves up to 2nd overall* in the South West Series, ahead of Cumberland in 3rd*.
In the Youth event, James Greenwood had a dominant performance to follow-up his win from the last stop in the series, held at Bowood House, Wiltshire. James was joined on the podium by Yate Tristan’s Ben Rawlins & Mount Kelly national swimmer, Tom Brew. Yate’s Cordelia Halfhead continued her successful season to finish ahead of Isabelle Beech from N1 Triathlon Club (Exmouth) & Florence Herbert (Exeter Triathlon Club). In doing so, she has sealed the Youth girls South West Series title for 2016*, with Isabelle finishing the series to her right on the podium in silver*.
The Juniors contested the final titles of the day & with the strongest athletes on paper prevailing. GB Mountain runner Jake Smith took the male title, while Cyclelife’s Florence Swan seized the female title. This weekend’s aquathlon also marked the end of the Junior’s series, meaning Bronze medallist Ollie Caute (N1 Tri Club) will be awarded the overall title* thanks to his consistency over the season. Florence Swan & India Cooper (Dorset Pentathletes) were 1st & 2nd at this weekend’s event & now match those positions in the overall standings*. Despite making an unfortunate error on the run route, GB Cross Triathlon Elite, James Anderson (Team Buff UK) managed to salvage his race to finish in silver medal position behind Smith.
Run alongside the championships, the adult Sprint & Standard distances saw healthy numbers compete. In the men’s standard distance, James Heal of Somerset RC Triathlon Club was home in 1 hour 7 minutes ahead of Ben Pugh (RAF Triathlon) in 1 hour 8 minutes. Rounding out the podium was Hyde Park Harriers & Leeds University student Tom Pollard less than 20 seconds behind Pugh. In the female race, Kate Cowdy of Wootton Triathlon Club had more than a two minute margin over GB age-grouper Sarah Myford (St. Petroc Dragons), with Plymouth Tri Club’s Laura Aspen rounding off the podium.
In the Sprint distance, Malcolm Greenslade of Cyclelife Tri Team (Axminster) was closely followed by Sean Harris (Hollywell Bay SLSC) & Richard Taylor of Plymouth Harries. In the female race, Bristol & District’s Heather Nicholson was victorious; ahead of Felicity Knell & Lyndsey Williams (Plymouth Harriers).
On behalf of everyone at Plymouth Triathlon Club, we would like to say a huge thank you to all of our volunteers, without whom the event would cease to exist. This year it was also fantastic to have the support of Virgin Active & Tesco as well as the ever supportive Monk & Partners & LTC Group 87.
We hope to see as many of you as possible again next year & at other Plymouth Tri events across the calendar!
*all results relating to the South West Series are entirely provisional & are not to be relied upon.