Triathletes flock to Ripon for Black Sheep Triathlon in sweltering heat

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More than 650 triathletes flocked to Ripon Racecouse on Saturday, for the Black Sheep Triathlon.

Hosted by the NYP Tri clubin conjuction with the racecourse, and Black Sheep Brewery, the triathlon is a perennially popular event and this year raised money for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

Competitors battle it out over a 1.5km swim, a 40km bike ride and a 10km run.

First overall was Richmond Tri Kudo club member Harry Springall in a time of 2.07.09.

First female home was Abey Lawrence of York Triathlon, in 2.22.02.

Harrogate Triathlon Club had a healthy turnout of members at Ripon.

First home for the club was Martin Hill, 38th overall in 02.20.35.

His splits broke down as 00.27.10 for the swim, 01.12.36 for the bike, and 00.38.06 for the run.

Next for Harrogate was Aidan Adams in 02.21.18 for 42nd place.

After that came Paul Armitage in 02.39.25 for 218th place.

Other Harrogate times were Alex Le Bek, 296th 02.46.58, Paul Sinclair 298th 02.47.12, Sam Higham 321st 02.48.52, Dave Pullan 326th 02.49.06; Andrew Pettet 434rd 02.50.19, Craig Sutton 02.52.38, Scott Johnston 461st 02.59.50 and Quin Evans 627th 03.28.33.

Wetherby Runners had two triathletes at the event.

Richard Burke was 384th in 02.54.00, and Paul Halliday 558th in 03.10.36.

Head coach at Knaresborough Striders David Christie has been selected to represent Great Britain in the Men’s Over 40 duathlon team.

In early August David flys out for the event in Ottowa.

His event distances are 10k run followed by 20k cycle ride and finishes with a 5k run.

Congratulations were in order for the Swaledale Road Runners who completed the Osmotherly Phoenix.

This is always a tough event, and was even tougher this year given it was undertaken in last weekend’s heatwave.

Results as follows: 17 Mile Route - Robbie Kelly 3.56 (50th out of 162 finishers); 26 Mile Route - Derek Parrington 4.28 (5th out of 64 finishers); 33 Mile Route - Neil Bowmer 6.24 (27th out of 91 finishers); Ros Blackmore 8.09 (73rd out of 91 finishers); Stuart Clarkson 8.10 (74th out of 91 finishers).

Richie Smith competed in the Northumberland Coastal Run in a time of 2.12 over the 14 mile beach/trail route.