First ever Harborough triathlon ‘a triumph’ say participants and organisers. Participants, sponsors and council leaders have praised the first ever Archway House Harborough Triathlon, stating that the event was ‘a triumph’, with over 250 people taking part.  The event involved entrants swimming, cycling and running across the town.

finishing line at triathlon

The event, which took place on Sunday 7th September, was the first of its kind in the Harborough area, and comprised a sprint tri competition and a super sprint or ‘Try a tri’ event for those who were less confident in their swimming, cycling and running abilities.

Prizes were awarded to the winners of the women’s, men’s and team sprint triathlon by Councillor Blake Pain, Leader of Harborough District Council, who commented “It was a great event and a pleasure to be a part of it. I’d like to congratulate all those who took part as well as the organisers.”

A total of 168 participants took part in the sprint triathlon event. Carl Shaw won the men’s sprint triathlon, the only competitor to break the 1 hour barrier, coming in at 58.48, with Gemma Royles winning the women’s event with a time of 1 hour and 14 minutes. Robert Smyth PE department won the team sprint with a team posting a time of 1 hour and 2 minutes.

The ‘Try a tri’ or Sprint Triathlon event saw 58 entrants swimming 200m, cycling 11,500 m and running 2,500 metres, with many getting their first taste of how a triathlon works. Carlie Holton was first over the line with a time of 40 minutes.

Alec Welton, owner of Archway House, the event’s sponsor says: “The event was an absolute triumph, with participants and spectators alike helping to provide an exciting atmosphere to give everyone a boost. It was a pleasure to sponsor such an exciting event, and see how much it meant to many of the participants to take part.”

The event was the idea of keen triathletes Brian Corcoran and Amy Handford who following the success of the initial event are hoping to make it an annual event. Brian says: “We’re so pleased with how the event went – we’d been looking to set up a triathlon in the Harborough area for a long time, and are really happy at the amount of people that signed up and got on board. It was a fantastic day.”