Reader battles gruelling Rutland elements

Pete Nicholls with his Great North Run medal.

Pete Nicholls with his Great North Run medal.

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Torrential rain and wind did not stop Skeg Tri club Member Chris Reader from competing at the Vitruvian Triathlon, based at Rutland Water in Leicestershire.

the Vitruvian Triathlon, based at Rutland Water in Leicestershire.

The triathlon covers a total distance of 70.3 miles.

The race starts with a 1.2 mile lake swim, followed by a quad-busting and ultimately challenging 56-mile bike leg.

The endurance event ends with a 13.1-mile run.

Chris was amongst 1,000 competitors battling with the elements to finish strongly.

He finished in 4 hrs 25 mins 39 secs.

Pete Nicholls, a fellow Skegness Tri Club member, travelled to Newcastle to join 57,000 other runners taking part in the Great North Run.

The famous half marathon route takes runners through the city centre towards the River Tyne, where thousands of competitors crossed over the iconic Tyne Bridge.

From there the runners travelled through Gateshead and onto South Shields where, at the top of Prince Edward Road, the view of the sea was one of the most welcoming sights along the whole course.

From that point Pete had just more than a mile to go.

The noise from the crowds got louder as Pete crossed the finish line in a time of 1 hr 44 mins 32 secs.