The Harborough Triathlon returned for a fourth consecutive year on Sunday (3rd September), with over 300 people taking part.
Athletes of all ages and abilities from 15 years upwards gathered at Market Harborough Leisure Centre at 1:30 pm to register and begin the race. Participants completed a swim in the Leisure Centre’s pool before embarking on a cycle route that took riders out to Great Oxendon and Braybrooke. The final leg was a run around the south of Market Harborough, ending at Market Harborough Leisure Centre playing fields.
Sunday’s mild temperature and overcast sky were ideal racing conditions for a triathlon and as a result, there were some impressive finishing times by competitors.
“This year’s Harborough Triathlon was another great success. Competitors did well in overcoming the challenging hills and fast descents to record some extraordinary times,” explains Brian Corcoran co-organiser from Race Harborough. “When we first started the event in 2014, we had a handful of people taking part. To see what the event has become now, and a number of residents that come out to not only take part but cheer on the athletes are really rewarding.”
The 2017 Harborough Triathlon Distances
There were three distances available to athletes: the ‘Try-a-Tri’, a 200m swim, 11.5k bike and 2.5k run, the ‘Sprint’, double the distance of the ‘Try a Tri’, and the more challenging ‘Bridge’ that includes a 600m swim, 34.5k bike ride and 7.5k run.
The winners of the Try-a-Tri race were Tom Glason (42:00) and Hannah Stewart (48:47). First to cross the line of the ‘Sprint’ distance were Angus Smith (01:02:14) and Chloe Scotchbrook (01:13:28), whilst Giles Brook (01:46:56) and Jo Gardner (02:03:59) were winners of the ‘Bridge’, the longest distance in the Triathlon. The Sprint relay was won by Meadows Connection.
After finishing, the athletes had the opportunity to enjoy a well-deserved sports massage, provided by The Training Shed, headline sponsor. All competitors were awarded a medal and quality technical t shirts while race winners were also presented with prizes such as £100 cash for the male and female winners of the Sprint distance.
After Event comments
Organisers have received high praise from those that took part. Amanda Wilson, the athlete, commented: “Thank you for making my first triathlon an enjoyable one. Great organisation, communication and support. Think I’ll be back.”
Rae Arnold, another competitor in the race stated: “Thank you for a great, straightforward, well organised days. Some lovely marshals and some local support on the run route more than made up for the dreary weather!”
Since Race Harborough launched the Harborough Triathlon four years ago, the fundraising total has reached approximately £96,000. While an exact count for the 2017 Harborough Triathlon hasn’t been received, it is believed that the total amount raised by the event will now surpass £100,000.
More pictures and details of the event can be found at www.raceharborough.co.uk. The next event organised by Race Harborough will be the Tunnel Vision night run that takes place on Thursday 16th November.