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Snowman Triathlon report 2015
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Posted on: Monday 28th September 2015

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After Sunday's Snowman Triathlon held at Pas y Brenin in Capel Curig, race winners Ewan Brown and Natalie Seymour have and exciting and exotic November to look forward too, as both also clinched the Always Aim High Events Adventure Tri Series prize of an all expenses paid trip to the Nevis Triathlon.

For Ewan, it was also his fourth consecutive victory at the Snowman event - and means he has completed the Slateman / Sandman / Snowman triple for the second concesutive season.

The sun shines on the Snowman

The fourth installment of the Snowman Triathlon – powered by Suunto – took place this weekend (Sat 26th and Sun 27th September), from the world-famous Plas y Brenin National Mountain Centre in Capel Curig, Wales. Event organisers, Always Aim High Events welcomed hundreds of competitors to this beautiful and iconic part of Snowdonia to complete their now infamous Always Aim Tri Series.

The Always Aim Tri Series comprises of the Slateman, Sandman and Snowman triathlons which are all set in challenging, but very beautiful North Wales locations. The grand prize for the lowest cumulative time from all three events is a trip to the Nevis Triathlon in the Caribbean with all expenses paid for the male and female winner. Going into the Snowman, Ewan Brown and Natalie Seymour were firm favourites, Brown having won the Slateman and Sandman and Seymour having recently won the Sandman Triathlon. However, to secure the prize they had to tackle what is well renowned as one of the UK's toughest triathlons.

As competitors lined up in Llyn Mymbyr ready for their swim they were rewarded with breathtaking views towards the Snowdon horseshoe. With a sprint triathlon available (Snowman Storm) on the Saturday or full distance triathlon (Snowman Blizzard) on the Sunday, competitors set off on either a 69km or 31km cycle, which took in some of the most beautiful roads and climbs in Snowdonia National Park. Upon completing the cycle the athletes were then faced with a challenging but rewarding run to the summit of Moel Siabod and back, finishing at Plas y Brenin.

Up at the front end of the racing in the men's full distance category, the glory went to Ewan Brown for incredibly, the fourth year running. Brown who led for much of the race seemed comfortable throughout, although the tenacious and highly talented Alex Foster put in a great effort on the run to make sure Brown's race wasn't made easy. Brown's win ensured he retained his AAH Tri-Series champion status and he did it in style, by winning all three Tri-Series triathlons.

Ewan Brown and Natalie Seymour

In the women's race, Sandman Triathlon winner and the new AAH Tri Series champion Natalie Seymour beat off competition from other competitors to romp home in a winning time of 3:40:31. Seymour was delighted to win her trip to Nevis:

“It's an amazing opportunity to go to Nevis. The views I saw today around Snowdon were incredibly stunning and will be hard to beat but I can't wait to get out to the Caribbean.”

In the sprint race, Tomos Nesham a very promising young triathlete won the male event in a new course record time of 1:38:59. This was Nesham's second AAHE triathlon win in 2015, having triumphed at the Cardiff Triathlon Sprint earlier in the year. In the female Sprint category, the winner was the ever-impressive Helen Talbot. Not only was Talbot the quickest female around the course but she was also crowned the AAH Tri Series champion in the Savage category. In the Male category in the AAH Tri Series Savage Category, local man Phil Lynes emerged victorious recording an invincible time of 5:14:07.

Tomos Nesham and Helen Talbot

Event Planner and Always Aim High Event Director Tim Lloyd was delighted with how the weekend had gone:

"This year's Snowman Triathlon has been by far the best to date. The feedback we have had so far has been incredible and it's nice to be able to organise an iconic and stunning event that is enjoyed by elite athletes and novices alike. Whats more, the support from the hundreds of spectators all over the course has been great.

"I would also like to say a big thank you to our partners, Suunto, Visit Wales, Chain Reaction Cycles , Kinetica, Nevis Triathlon, Salomon, Aqua Sphere, Conwy County Council, Amphibia, Superfeet, Plas y Brenin, Pentraeth Group, Kon-x and Jones o Gymru, for all their help and support in organising this event. A special thanks must also go out to our fantastic team of volunteers, whom without this wouldn't be possible!”

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