Northumberland Tri includes a sprint and standard distance event and Ponteland Tri had participants in both this year. Martin Hallissey participated in the sprint, along with Kevin Higgins and Paul Armstrong, and reports on the event below,
” After torrential rain the day before the weather was perfect for the 1st Open Water swim of the year. The swim was marked out very well and easy to navigate, it’s always a surprise how far 750m looks in open water when you have spent so long swimming 25m in a pool. Water temp at 16C was just right. I had an OK swim but still a long way behind Tri4u coach Phil, who was 3rd out of the water. The bike course was flat and quick and reasonable car free, I worked my way into third on the bike with a large group chasing me down on the final stretch into T2. The run course was round the lake and traffic free, some large puddles to cross but was actually refreshing as the temperature built up. I managed to chase down 2nd place on the last lap but could not bridge the gap to the leader. Highly recommend the event – especially if you want to sample open water swimming. There was a number of Ponteland Tri members out, all enjoying the sun and racing well.”
Excellent performance from Martin to finish in second place.
Helen Moor and Danny Kendal for Ponteland were in the standard distance event, results below.