ASHBOURNE’S first triathlon was a ‘‘huge success’’ with more than 430 competitors taking part.
The event, held on Sunday, was planned to coincide with the 10th anniversary of the opening of the town sport’s hall.
Triathlon is a multi-discipline event involving three sports – swimming, cycling and running, with no break in between, apart from in the transition when competitors change from swimming to biking, and biking to running.
It was a beginner’s triathlon – which involved a 400-metre swim in the leisure centre pool, followed by a 10-miles bike ride around the area’s country lanes and finished with a 2.5km-run out and back through the Tissington Trail train tunnel.
Ann Smith, town councillor and swimming instructor at the leisure centre, together with centre duty manager Carl Wingfield, originally had the idea to hold a triathlon in town.
She said: “We had been talking about it for a couple of years, but when we looked closely at the organisation needed we realised it might just have been too much for us to do. So we started looking at who might be able to help us, and we found a company called Punishing Events, based in Derby.
“Funnily enough when we approached them with the idea they told us they had been thinking the same – and that’s how Ashbourne’s first triathlon came about.”
The competition attracted more than 430 entries, with nearly 400 finishing.
First man home was Andy Tarry with a time of 52 minutes and 49 seconds. The honour for first female went to Polly Veazey-Linskill with 59 minutes, 7 seconds.
More details will be in Wednesday's paper