TRIATHLON: Gylly Triathlon goes ahead after Hurricane Bertha threat

TRIATHLON: Gylly Triathlon goes ahead after Hurricane Bertha threat

The first set of triathletes rush to the sea. Picture: CHARLES WHITTON

One of the triathletes feels the brunt of the windy conditions. Picture: CHARLES WHITTON

First published in Sport

HUNDREDS of adults and child triathletes braved stiff weather conditions to take on the Gyllyngvase Triathlon on Sunday morning.

It had been feared the event now in its third year would have to be cancelled due to the forecasted stormy conditions coming from the back end of Hurricane Bertha.

However, luckily for participants the conditions were much better than expected as the sun came out for both the adult and junior races.

A total of 22 teams of four entered the senior relay race which saw each member take it in turn to complete a 250m swim in the sea, 5km bike ride and 1km run.

Romping home in first place overall were the TR Teamreid2 quartet who completed the course in a combined time of 90:40:01.

They finished just over 24 seconds ahead of the Penzance Piranhas, who had been keeping up with the leaders until team member Ben May suffered a mechanical problem on his bike.

Topping the timesheet for the females were TR Teamreid1 who clocked a time of 99:56:71, which placed them sixth overall.

Their nearest rivals among the women competitors were the Here Come The Girls foursome who completed the relay in 120:20:34.

After the excitement of the adult race, next came the juniors with 40 entrants taking part in an individual triathlon.

All participants had to swim 250m and run 1km with the cycle section being 5km for 12-year-olds, 7.5km for 13 and 14-year-olds and 10km for 15 and 16-year-olds.

The event, which is held as part of Falmouth Week, saw some very good times recorded by the young athletes.

This included 12-year-old Jodie Greenwood who finished the course in 26:08.

For more information about the triathlon, visit www.tr1coaching.org.uk.

Pictures are available of the race, for a fee, via www.charleswhittonphotography.com.

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