Organisers say Druridge triathlon the best yet

TRI Northumberland hosted their best event yet as hundreds of competitors, volunteers and supporters enjoyed the warm weather for the two-day event at Ladyburn Lake in Druridge Bay.

There were four events taking place over the Saturday and Sunday – 1.5km and 3km open water swims on day one followed by a sprint and standard triathlon on the second day.

In the 1500m, Lucy Ellis took first place in a swift 20.32, only just edging out Samuel Yates by one second. Pippa Higgs completed the podium.

The 3000m distance saw Danielle Huskisson torpedo to the win in 39.11, with Alexandra Robinson a minute further back followed by Paul Haytack.

Sunday gave competitors something else to think about – the hottest day of the year.

The Sprint provided little surprise with Alan Copland coming out the water in first place, which is where he would stay for the duration of the race.

Second and third was a hard fought race between the fast improving Daryl Oguana and experienced ironman John Barker.

Barker edged the swim but Oguana made up the difference on the bike.

A foot race ensued with Barker having to settle for third and Oguana earning his best result to date in second.

In the women’s Sprint race it was Kyah Hall, also an up and coming junior, leading after the swim, but she caught by both Rachel Walmsley and Jane Holmes over the cycle ride with Walmsley taking the win followed by Holmes then Hall.

The Standard distance race kicked off with John Harris leading out the swim with a gap on local favourite Elliot Gowland.

Harris held on to his gap, matching Gowland’s time on the four-lap run with David Turnbull settling for a respectable third.

Meanwhile, the women’s Standard race was blown apart by Natalie Batey who took another trophy home with a six-minute margin of victory.

Leading from start to finish she was joined on the podium by local girl Caroline Findlay and Ellen Tullo.

The next race in the series is at Newbiggin with the Couple Challenge Swim on July 23, and the Bay Tri Festival the following day.

This will make up part of the London 2012 Open Weekend in partnership with Blyth Valley Arts & Leisure and Newbiggin Town Council.

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