Castles event is runaway success

Junior Triathlon
Junior Triathlon

Castles Triathlon

The sun shone and the annual Castles Triathlon at Bamburgh in Northumberland proved to be a tremendous success at the weekend.

The event was held over two days, Saturday and Sunday, and attracted almost 600 competitors, spread over a number of events.

On Saturday lunch-time there were three junior races (Tristar 1, 2 and 3) in which there were 90 competitors.

This was followed by a Sprint Triathlon at tea-time, in which the field numbered 340, and on Sunday there was a Middle Distance event, which attracted over 150.

Race centre was Bamburgh Castle Cricket Club, sitting in the shadow of the castle, and all the races took in the local beaches and roads.

Tristar 1 (9-10 years) comprised of a 150m swim, a 1.5km cycle and a 1km run. Winner was Sam Hollis of Leeds in 15.03mins, followed by Thomas James in 15.08 and Olivia Katory in 15.31.

Tristar 2 (11-12 year) was a 200m swim, 3km cycle and 1.5km run. The winner was Daniel Dixon of Ryton in 19.59, with Charlie Harding second in 20.44 and Joe Whelans third in 22.06.

Tristar 3 (13-14 years) was a 300m swim, 5km cycle and 2km run and this was won by James Morris in 27.33, with Toby Kitching in 27.44 and Chris Jackson in 28.33.

The sprint traithlon consisted of a 750m swim, a 20km bike ride up and past Budle Bay and a 5km beach run at low tide.

Winner of this event was Sean Wylie of One Life Racing in 1.06.26, followed by Michael Lavender in 1.07.33 and Andy Niven in 1.08.25. Graham Simpson of Berwick’s Tweed Triathlon Club was sixth in 1.09.10. The Middle Distance Triathlon on Sundaywas a 1900m swim, a 90km bike ride, taking in two laps of a 45km course which encompasses a coastal route around Bamburgh, Longhoughton and Craster, followed by a 21km run (three laps of a 7km course around the Castle and surrounding dunes). Race winner was Dan Jackson of Durham in 4.53.43, with Andrew Scott second in 5.01.13 and Charles Hickman third in5.01.35. Adam Fletcher of the Tweed Triathlon Club was 26th in 5.41.19.