Sea fog, lightning and monsoon like conditions didn't dampen spirits at the first Gylly Relay and Junior Triathlon.
On Sunday, as part of the 2012 Henri Lloyd Falmouth Week, Gyllyngvase Surf Life Saving and Triathlon Club, hosted a unique sporting event in the town.
The relay race started at 7am. There were 18 teams in total, and each team comprised of four members aged 17 and over. Everyone had to complete the 250m swim, 5km cycle and 1 km run. Some of Cornwall's greatest triathletes turned out on the start line, including Dave Bartlett and Neil Eddy (who compete at the elite level of the sport) and Gylly’s own Melissa Reid, and her guide Alice Nicholas, who are aiming for Paralympic World Championship glory in October.
After an exciting first lap, Neil Eddy and Dave Bartlett were clear leaders before tagging their next team members. At this stage, the competitors were greeted by torrential rain, making for a slippery transition. This didn't seem to put anyone off, and following an hours worth of racing the first team had completed the course, cheered home by the spectators and their teammates. The Junior triathlon started at 9am.
Thirty-six children aged between 12-16 lined up on the start, many of them ready to embark on their very first triathlon. Following the 250m open water swim at Gyllyngvase, they then had to complete an undulating cycle around Pendennis Castle before heading back to transition at the beach.
The younger age group of 12 years had one lap of the castle with the 13-14 years and 15-16 years racing two and three laps respectively.
Once their bikes were racked, the triathletes started a 1k run/1.2k run around the Queen Mary Gardens and along the sea front, before turning around and sprinting back to the finish. The event was a great success, and already competitors are asking for a repeat next year.
Gyllyngvase Surf Life Saving and Triathlon Club, said: “Thank you to everyone who helped out with marshaling and water cover on the day - the event wouldn't have been possible without you. Also thank you to the local businesses and organisations that supported the triathlon (Gylly Beach Café, Falmouh Cycles, ASP, Asda Penryn, Falmouth Town Council, Carrick Leisure, Hine Downing Solicitors, Harbour Lights, Research Instruments Ltd, W T Flockhart Plumbing, and Baileys Country Store). A final thank you to Allan Reid, Reggie Christophers and Marc Thomas who made the event possible.”
Full results below - Under-12s Boys: 1, James Greenwood; 2, Nicholas Laws - Gylly; 3, Alex Gulliford; 4, Harry Brooksbank - Gylly; 5, Theo Flemming - Gylly; 6, Euan Dungavel - Gylly; 7, George Hatcher - Gylly; 8, Hayden Stone - Gylly.
Girls : 1, Abby Mundell - Gylly; 2, Ellie Ringwood; 3, Lily Owen - Gylly.
Boys 13/14: 1, Finn Burford; 2, James Carpenter - Gylly; 3, Isaac Rowlands; 4, DJ Greenwood; 5, Joe Wiltshire; 6, Oscar Bradeb; 7, Tom Knuckley.
Girls : 1 Alanna Spiers, 2, Lauren Davies; 3, Rosie Davies; 4, Izzy Berks - Gylly; 5, Bethany Tressider
Boys 15/16: 1 James Trott - One & All; 2 Jacob Wood - MBH; 3 Thomas Wood - MBH; 4 Orion Page - Gylly; 5 Matt Casey - Gylly; 6 Sam Broomhead; 7 Charlie Hatcher - Gylly; 8 Garth Stone - Gylly
Girls : 1 Issi Steele - Gylly; 2 Lowenna Hawkey - Gylly; 3 Georgia Christophers - Gylly; 4 Courtney Lee Reid - Gylly; 5 Susie Laws - Gylly
Relays - Men : 1 Dave Bartlett - Redruth's Dream Team; 2 Neil Eddy - MBH 2; 3 Kyle Kearey's team; 4 Sam Steele's team; 5 Matt Davies' team
Women; 1 Alice Nicholas' team, 2 Gylly Girls; 3 Naomi Watts' team; 4 Tri Logic Ladies.