Triathlon triumph

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DAVENTRY’S first triathlon event at the weekend has been declared a great success.

Large numbers of novice triathletes used the inaugural Daventry Sprint Triathlon to test out their new-found fitness and skills.

Councillor Alan Hills, Daventry District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community, Culture and Leisure, said: “It was a great event. The atmosphere was encouraging and fun for all and I had the privilege, by presenting each finisher with a medal, of seeing first-hand the pure delight that many of the novices felt as they crossed the line.

“While none of the overall trophies went to Daventry residents, I expect that the 34 from the district that took part will be working hard to rectify that next year.

“Lastly, I would like to congratulate all the many volunteers who gave up their time to make this a success.”

George Goodwin, of Rugby Triathlon Club, won the men’s overall title with a time of 57:47 and Emily Whitmore, of Loughborough University Triathlon Club, won the ladies’ overall title with a time of 1:04:58. The best relay team was Team Kimbo who completed the course in 1:05:19.

Race director Garry Haynes, of Rugby Triathlon Club, said: “We’ve had some very positive feedback about this inaugural Daventry Triathlon and the day went as smoothly as we hoped.

“I’d just like to recognise the support we’ve had from Daventry District Council, Daventry Leisure Centre, volunteers and all our commercial sponsors and supporters.

“Seeing so many new competitors to the sport was fantastic and we hope they’ve now got the bug to do some more triathlon races and maybe even another Daventry Triathlon next year.”

n If you are interested in taking part in triathlon, more information concerning the club’s adult and junior sections can be found at www.rugbytriathlon.org.uk.