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Snowman: Brown, Hansom excel
Posted by: Editor
Posted on: Monday 7th October 2013


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The second installment of the Snowman Triathlon took place this weekend (Sunday 6th October) from the world-renowned Plas y Brenin National Mountain Centre inCapel Curig, Wales. The event has almost doubled in size since last year, bringing in over 350 competitors to this beautiful and iconic part of Snowdonia.

As competitors lined up in Llyn Mymbyr ready for the swim they were rewarded with stunning views towards the Snowdon horseshoe. With a choice of either the full distance triathlon or the sprint triathlon available, competitors set off on either a 69km or 31km cycle, which took in some of the most beautiful roads and climbs in North Wales. Upon completing the cycle the athletes were presented with 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 way the event went and the way it had grown from the previous year, stating:

Jane Hanson - © Mel Parry Photography"The Snowman Triathlon is a great way to end the Always Aim High Events season. The feedback we have had so far has been brilliant and it’s nice to be able to organise an event that is enjoyed by elite athletes and novices alike. I am delighted with how this event has grown, double the number of people have taken part this year from last and it is fantastic to see hundreds of competitors challenging themselves in this unique environment. Whatsmore, the support from the spectators all over the course 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.

"I would also like to say a big thank you to our partners, Chain Reaction Cycles, Sports Tours International, Kinetica, Salomon and Aqua Sphere, as well as Conwy County Council for all their help and support in organising this event."

There were a host of top class athletes taking part in this year’s event including GB International triathlete, Jane Hansom. Hansom won the, Always Aim High Event’s Sandman Triathlon a fortnight ago and after the success of that event cancelled her flight to Barcelona to take part in the Snowman Tri. Hansom went on to win the Female full distance category with an incredible time of 3:44:19, vindicating her decision to choose Wales over Spain.

Hansom comfortably lead the field creating a gap of over seven minutes from second placed, Rebecca Slack, who achieved a very respectable time of 3:51:20.

Ewan Brown - © Mel Parry PhotographyIn the men’s full distance category the glory went to Ewan Brown for the second year running. Brown won the 2012 Snowman after an impressive fell run on the infamous Moel Siabod and the story was to be the same in 2013. Brown was firmly in second place behind Peter Brook after the cycle stage of the race but he managed to regain his title with an incredible run time, up and down the mountain, of just 56 minutes.

The 2013 Snowman Triathlon included, for the first time ever, a Sprint distance in its programme. This was a popular choice for many people and the competition in the Sprint was fierce in both the female and male disciplines. There was some controversy in the men's race where the first five male competitors were awarded a five minute time penalty because they turned around to run back down Moel Siabod 200m too early. This was an honest mistake because the cloud at the top of the mountain made it very difficult for the athletes to see the signage but the time penalty was instated to ensure absolute fairness was maintained. Despite this penalty, Huw Brassington comfortably won the event with an impressive time of 1:48:38. Huw has won the sprint races at both the Slateman and the Sandman making him the overall Always Aim Tri Series Male Sprint Champion.

In the female Sprint category, the winner was Marie Coburn with a very impressive time of 2:03:57.

The Snowman is the final event in the 2013 series that included the extremely successful Snowdonia Slateman in May and Anglesey Sandman in September.

For all three of these triathlons Always Aim High Events are supported by Chain Reaction Cycles as their official retail partner. 220 Tri magazine are also the media partners of all three events.

Leading Snowman Triathlon Full Distance results:

Pos Men Women
1st Ewan Brown – 3:12:53 Jane Hansom – 03:44:19
2nd Peter Brook – 3:13:53 Rebecca Slack – 3:51:20
3rd Tony Cullen – 3:23:09 Suzetta Guerrini – 3:55:06
4th Robert Bridges – 3:26:45 Anna Bartlett – 3:57:14
5th Warren Mason – 3:32:00 Rosemary Byde – 4:06:06

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

Event photographs can be found at http://www.melparry.co.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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