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Hundreds compete in Upton’s third triathlon
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Posted on: Sunday 12th July 2009


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Over 350 athletes completed the gruelling Upton Triathlon yesterday and many still had enough stamina to party the night away afterwards.

A record number of entrants took part in the race which involved swimming down the River Severn to Upton-on-Severn, cycling along country lanes and running down farm tracks to the finish.

Competitors ranged from elite triathletes to total novices and travelled from all over the country to take part. Janet Whiting from Wiltshire was competing in her first Upton triathlon. “I have been doing triathlons for 16 years now and I must say that this is one of the best. Great routes, nice location, easy to find and everything close at hand. I will definitely come back and recommend it to my friends” she said after the event.

Nick Malynn from London club Ful-on Tri, beat off stiff competition to become the fastest man on the day, completing the standard distance (1500m swim, 40km bike, 10km run) in 2h2m55s with a winning margin of just 13 seconds.

Nick said “It's a great race with the combination of a fast downstream swim and fairly flat bike and run routes which make it fast for the more experienced triathlete and perfect for first timers. Combine this with the sensible start time and great food at the after party and you have a fantastic event”.

Vickie Wilkinson was the fastest female over the standard distance with a time of 2h19m48s, crossing the finish line an impressive 9 minutes ahead of her nearest rival.

The sprint distance (750m swim, 10km bike, 5km run) was dominated once again by Rhys Davey who continued his remarkable form at Upton with a third successive win with a time of 1h5m9s. The female sprint was won by Sarah Gailey in 1h21m36s

The race wasn’t all about speed, however, with 20 per cent of the competitors taking part in their first ever triathlon and many simply happy to just cross the finish line.

But whatever their motivation for competing, nearly all competitors celebrated their achievements with friends and family at the traditional post triathlon party by the river.

Race organiser Jessica Surman said: “It was another fantastic day with a really strong turnout for both the triathlon and our ‘4th discipline’, the post race party. Despite pushing themselves to the limits during the day, competitors still managed to muster enough energy to dance the night away.”

Upton Tri+ presented Iain Patton from local charity Farmers Overseas Action Group with a cheque for almost £1,700 to help their good work supporting rural communities in Uganda.

If you would like to be part of next year’s Upton Tri+ on Saturday 10th July you can enter from 1st January 2010 at www.uptontriathlon.com.

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