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Carol Bridge wins The Eirias Triathlon
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Posted on: Tuesday 12th August 2014

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There was another case of "girl power" at the Eirias Middle Distance + Triathlon on Saturday as Welsh Commonwealth Games athlete Carol Bridge repeated waht we've seen a few times already this season (Lucy Gossage at Ballbuster, Hannah Kitchen at Hatch End among them), by winning the event outright, ahead of Christof Knoeri (Leeds Bradford Triathlon Club).

Carol Bridge overall winner of Eirias Middle Distance + Triathlon

The 3rd Eirias Middle Distance+ and Standard Distance+ Triathlons took place in Colwyn Bay, North Wales on Saturday 9th August, with temperatures in the early twenties and dry weather conditions prevailing all day.

One of the highlights of the day was seeing Welsh Commonwealth Games athlete Carol Bridge storm to overall victory in the Middle Distance race after an outstanding performance across all three disciplines, with a finish time of 5:23:48 - a new female course record. Christof Knoeri of Leeds Bradford Triathlon Club was the first male to cross the finish line in a time of 5:27:12, followed by Joe Duckworth of Chorley Harriers and Tri Club in 5:31:31. Perry Hanson claimed third place in 05:35:19.

Carol Bridge ©Tim Waterworth Photography

In the women's field Maree Jesson came second in 6:01:36 and Sonja Nuessli of Leeds Bradford Triathlon Club, last year's female winner, took third place after crossing the finish line in 6:12:53.

The standard distance race saw Stephen Skates dominate with the fastest times in all three disciplines, claiming the winning title in a time of 2:34:56 which is also a new course record. Runner up Owen Evans finished in 2:56:59, ahead of Paul Dunn who crossed the finish line in 3:00:17. The women's race was won by Alexandra Smith in 3:31:56, ahead of Joanne Murray and Andrea Fern.

Carol Bridge and Stephen Skates also took the inaugural 'STARLEY King of the Mountains' titles at The Eirias, which was introduced this year to find the best climber in the field up the 8.7 km climb at the beginning of each lap.

Stephen Skates (Left) and celebration ©Tim Waterworth Photography

The hub of the event was at the new Porth Eirias Watersports Complex in Colwyn Bay where spectators could watch the swim in the sea, the exciting spectacle in the transition area and the athletes crossing the finish line. The ERDINGER Alkoholfrei tent at the finish, which was handing out ice cold samples of the isotonic recovery drink to finishing triathletes, was a popular addition to the race and contributed to the great atmosphere.

The start of both races was in the sea at Porth Eirias, with the middle distance+ race incorporating a 1900m swim (2 laps), 106 km cycle and 20 km run. The standard distance+ race took place on the same course and included a 1500m swim, 53 km cycle and 10 km run. Both races were started by Conwy Councillor Graham Rees, Cabinet Member for Tourism, Marketing and Leisure.

The Eirias Middle Distance Triathlon, North Wales
1900m swim, 106 km cycle, 20 km run

Pos Men Women
1st Christof Knoeri (Leeds Bradford Triathlon Club) 5:27:12 Carol Bridge 5:23:48
2nd Joe Duckworth (Chorley Harriers and Tri Club) 5:31:31 Maree Jesson 6:01:36
3rd Perry Hanson 5:35:19 Sonja Nuessli (Leeds Bradford Triathlon Club) 06:12:53

The Eirias Standard Distance Triathlon, North Wales
1500m swim, 53 km cycle and 10km run

Pos Men Women
1st Stephen Skates 2:34:56 Alexandra Smith 3:31:56
2nd Owen Evans 2:56:59 Joanne Murray 4:37:44
3rd Paul Dunn 3:00:17 Andrea Fern 4:50:38

The full results are available on

Race Director Simon Hill commented: “The Eirias Triathlon has received great feedback since it first took place in 2012, and it is now recognised as one of the best and most challenging sea triathlons in the UK, taking place at a stunning triathlon venue with world-class facilities. With a beautiful sea front venue and transition, an epic cycle route in the Welsh hills and a coastal run section, this is a must-do race for athletes of all levels who want to challenge themselves, and we are looking forward to further growing this event over the years to come.

“I would like to express a big thank you to everyone who took part and everyone who has supported us in delivering another excellent event, including Conwy Borough Council, The Porth Eirias team, Llandudno Sailing Club, Conwy Harbourmasters Office, the Can-Y-Bae Hotel Llandudno, BTF Referees, Manchester Medical Services and North Wales Constabulary. I would also like to thank all the groups who have assisted with this event including Little Orme Lions, Rhyl Hockey Club, Rhyl Swimming Club, Prestatyn AC, and Rhos-on-Sea and Colwyn Bay Scout Groups.”

Sponsors of the Eirias Triathlon included ERDINGER Alkoholfrei, Edinburgh Bicycle Co-operative (Official Bicycle Retail Partner), Starley Bikes (Official Specialist Bike Brand), Clif Bar (Official Sports Nutrition Partner), Zone3 (Official Wetsuit Partner), Aftershokz (Official Headphone Partner) and Athlete Matters (Official Physio and Rehab Partner).

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