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The Snowman report
Posted by: Editor
Posted on: Monday 15th October 2012


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Bryan Keane, Irish international triathlete who recently placed 9th in the Geneva ITU European cup and second at the Alp D'Huez Triathlon, praises first ever Snowman Triathlon.

The first ever Snowman Triathlon took place yesterday (Sunday October 14) from the world renowned Plas y Brenin National Mountain Centre in Capel Curig, Wales, bringing over 200 competitors to this beautiful and iconic part of Snowdonia. In addition, there were also a host of top class athletes including top Irish International triathlete Bryan Keane. Following the event Keane commented:

Bryan Keane ©Sport Pictures Cymru"What a fantastic and professionally run event. It is one of the most friendly and relaxed atmospheres I have ever experienced at a triathlon. Credit to the organisers, spectators and competitors. The beautiful location is inspiring - the run is spectacular and a challenge for competitors of whatever standard. Don't forget your hot water bottle for the swim though!"

As competitors lined up in Llyn Mymbyr ready for the swim they were rewarded with stunning views towards the Snowdon horseshoe. They would then set off on a 30km cycle which took in Betws y Coed, Llanrwst and a steady climb back up to Capel Curig before finally taking on a challenging but rewarding run to the summit of Moel Siabod and back, finishing at Plas y Brenin. Event Director Tim Lloyd was delighted with the event, stating:

"The Snowman has been the perfect end to the 2012 Always Aim High Events season. I grew up skiing on the slope at Plas y Brenin as a young lad and so this event is very special to me. To see hundreds of competitors challenging themselves in this unique environment is fantastic. Whatsmore, the support from the spectators has been great. We are extremely grateful to the help we have received from the Capel Curig community and to the staff at Plas y Brenin in making the event possible."

The Snowman is the final event in the 2012 series that included the extremely successful Snowdonia Slateman in May and Anglesey Sandman in September.

2012 has also seen Always Aim High Events recruit Chain Reaction Cycles as their official retail partner of both their Triathlon Series - which includes the Slateman, Sandman and the Snowman, along with the Etape Eryri cycle sportive in June. Triathlon Plus magazine are also the media partners of all three events.

As spectators lined up in front of the stunning backdrop to Llyn Mymbyr on a glorious October morning, it was Bryan Keane, international Irish triathlete, who took an early lead completing the 750m swim in 10 minutes and 32 seconds, over two minutes ahead of his nearest rivals. Heading onto the bike Keane increased his lead and left transition going into the run four minutes up on local athlete Arthur Connell, with Peter Brook winner of the Slateman and Sandman not far behind.

However, it was to be a fantastic showcase in fell running that would eventually decide who would be the 2012 Snowman Triathlon champion. Ewan Brown, setting off on the run in 4th position had a sensational run, completing the up and down route in just over 53 minutes, over seven minutes faster than the rest of the field, to come in first in an overall time of 2 hours 2 minutes and 41 seconds. After the race Brown, now based in York, commented:

"It's great to win here in Capel Curig, as I grew up in the area as a boy. I felt strong heading into the run and passed two guys in front of me on the ascent. Bryan was quite a fair way ahead when I reached the summit so I knew it would be hard to catch him. I took a few risks on the descent though and it definitely paid off as I passed him just before the rocky technical section near the bottom and just held on from there"

Peter Brook was third, meaning he was crowned the Always Aim Tri series champion with Arthur Connell and Alex Smith in 4th and 5th respectively.

In the women's race it was a surprised looking Sheona Schofield who would be crowned the 2012 Snowman Triathlon winner. After getting out of the water in seventh position and having a solid ride it would again be the run which would earn Schofield top honours. Speaking after the race she said:

"I can't believe I've won, are you sure!? I absolutely loved the Slateman annd Sandman, but I suppose now that I've won here at the Snowman this has got to be my favourite. The run section is just incredible and the location here at Plas y Brenin is perfect for an event like this - I will definitely be back"

An equally suprised Helen Pitt followed up in second, only entering on the morning of the race due to a recurring foot problem. Similarly, Rosemary Byde finished a happy third after praising Pitt and Schofield on their fantastic descending skills on the mountain.

Leading Snowman Triathlon results:

Men
1. Ewan Brown 2:02:41
2. Bryan Keane 2:04:48
3. Peter Brook 2:12:23
4. Arthur Connell 2:12:47
5. Alex Smith 2:13:51

Women
1. Sheona Schofield 2:33:52
2. Helen Pitt 2:35:18
3. Rosemary Byde 2:38:00

Full results can be found at www.tdl.ltd.uk

Further details on the entire AAHE line-up, can be accessed via www.alwaysaimhighevents.com and the Always Aim High Events Facebook page


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