Tri athletes mix with the Brownlees

Tri club members ahead of the Leeds event.
Tri club members ahead of the Leeds event.

Members of Skegness Tri Club descended on Leeds city centre to compete in a World Triathlon Series event.

The event attracted competitors from as far afield as Mexico and Holland.

There were more than 6,000 entrants for two different triathlons, the sprint distance and standard Olympic distance.

Each race started with a swim in the lake at Roundhay Park, followed by a long run to transition to collect your bike and then head off around the outskirts of Leeds on hilly, but closed, roads.

The cycle leg finished at a different transition area in the city centre where the run leg was a lapped course, again on closed roads, where thousands of spectators were cheering and supporting.

After the novice triathletes had finished their race, the world elite men and women triathletes then competed on the same course.

It was a fantastic opportunity for the club members to see world famous triathletes, especially the GB team and the Brownlee brothers in their home town.

Skeg Tri Club achieved some fantastic finish times, although Michael Irving couldn’t finish the race due to mechanical failure on his bike.

Michael Clark and Alan Wheeler had achieved excellent finish times for the swim and bike leg, but due to poor event organisation and confusion they did not complete the required number of run laps.

Results: Sprint distance - Sam Parker 1:38:07, Hayley Smith 1:48:09, Jay Harding 1:53:50, Sarah Shuttleworth 2:41:48; Olympic distance - Chris Reader 2:17:14, Russell Parker 2:26:41, Mark Wheeler 2:28:09, Lee St Quinton 2:36:48, Matt Wain 2:37:42, Pete Nicholls 2:40:23, Rich Vincent 2:54:16, David Johnson 2:55:18, Melanie Wheeler 3:00:56, Claire Draper 3:00:58, Michyla Clark 3:19:35, Jamie Gordon 3:38:09.