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The Huntsman Triathlon 2014 report
Posted by: Editor
Posted on: Monday 13th October 2014


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First ever Huntsman Triathlon is a “spectacular success"

This weekend (Sunday 12th October) saw the first ever installment of the Huntsman Triathlon – a brand new race organised by event specialists, Always Aim High Events.

The race was incredibly well received with many competitors complementing the event on the finish line. The positive feedback continued on the organiser's social media sites including the following comment from Twitter: “Many companies do triathlons. @aahevents do spectacular triathlons!”

The venue for the Huntsman Tri – powered by Suunto - is the Hawley Hard training ground situated on the banks of the idyllic Hawley Lake, Hampshire. The area is typically used to help the Royal Engineers battalion get into fighting fit shape but for one Sunday in October it is now used for physical exertion of a different kind.

The Huntsman Triathlon route features an open-water swim in the awe inspiring Hawley Lake, a road cycle around the stunning Hampshire rural countryside and a trail run through the gorgeous Hawley wood surrounding the lake.

On offer at the Huntsman were two different distances – Olympic (1500m/ 47km / 10km) and Sprint (750m / 20km / 5km) which were both enjoyed by over 350 athletes from all across the UK.

Despite being a first year event the race drew in hundreds of supporters, who rang their cowbells and gave the atmosphere on Hawley Hard a real party feel.

The Huntsman

On the racing side of proceedings, the standard of competition was very high meaning some really fast course records were set. The women's Olympic distance race was comfortably won by Rebecca Slack who laid down a very impressive time of 2:49:40. Rebecca raced the Sunday before at Always Aim High Events' Snowman Triathlon in North Wales where she finished third. Many would have settled on this highly respectable position but Slack wanted more, so she followed the Always Aim High Events team down to Hampshire to tackle the Huntsman where she got the first place prize she craved.

In the men's Olympic distance race the glory went to Colin Dixon who set the time for next year's entrants to beat at 2:20:38. Colin beat nearest rival Robert Fryer from Portsdown Hill CC by over two minutes while ERDINGER Alkoholfrei sponsored triathlete Karl Alexander was pipped to third.

The Huntsman

The other race of the day – the sprint – also saw some good battles throughout the swim, bike and run. In the end, the glory in the men's race went to Tim Wallis with a very fast time of 1:13:33 especially considering the toughness of the run. The female race was won easily by Katrina Yerbury with an incredible time of 1:23:37. Katrina not only beat second placed finisher, Suzie Chan by over three minutes but she finished in the top 10 overall.

Event Planner and Always Aim High Events Director Tim Lloyd was delighted with the success of the first ever Huntsman Triathlon and is already looking forward to the 2015 edition of the race.

“Today has been a really proud moment for me. The Huntsman is the first event that we have ever organised outside of Wales and to see it be so successful in it's inaugural year proves that we truly do have a winning formula.

The race itself was brilliant with some superb competition. The feedback from the participants, supporters and local community has been extremely positive and people are already getting excited about the 2015 race – us included!

We would like to extend our thanks to event partners; The Royal Engineers Regiment, Suunto, Chain Reaction Cycles, Help for Heroes, Make-A-Wish, Salomon, Kinetica, Aqua Sphere, Superfeet and Sports Tours International for all their support in helping organise this event."

For all information on the Huntsman Triathlon please visit: http://huntsmantri.com/

Leading Huntsman Results:

Top 5 Men – Olympic Distance

  1. Colin Dixon – 02:20:38
  2. Robert Fryer – 02:23:15
  3. Karl Alexander – 02:25:14
  4. James Haigh – 02:27:47
  5. Steven Gregory – 02:33:57

Top 5 Women – Olympic Distance

  1. Rebecca Slack - 02:49:40
  2. Ruth Thom - 02:52:30
  3. Marie Coburn - 03:04:40
  4. Lizzie Fouracre - 03:07:18
  5. Hayley Down - 03:09:57

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

Event photographs can be found at: www.charleswhittonphotography.com

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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