June 1, 2008
photos: 2008 Burnham-On-Sea Triathlon attracts 250 athletes
Arthur Gilbert was among the finishers of Burnham-On-Sea's annual
Triathlon on Sunday (June 1st).
total of 250 athletes ran, swam and cycled their way around the
challenging route, but it was 87-year-old Arthur (pictured) who
got the loudest cheers from the spectators when he finished in
a time of just over two hours and 20 minutes.
an MBE for his charitable efforts earlier this year, told
Burnham-On-Sea.com: "It was tough this year, but I enjoyed
every minute of it and hope to be back again in 2009!"
event was won by athlete Kit Stokes in a new record time of 57
minutes and 52 seconds. He said he was "delighted" to
have won. The first lady home was Kira Thorpe of Weston Athletics
Club who finished in a time of one hour, ten minutes and 13 seconds.
Click here for a full
results round-up and more
heavy rain in the second half of the event, the race was again
declared a success by its organisers. Rob Semple, who oversaw
Sunday's race, said: "It couldn't have gone better - it was
good to see a new record fast time being set by the winner - and
to see so many people taking part from the whole region."
also thanked his team of marshalls who helped to ensure the event
was another safe one. "A big thank you goes to everyone who
helped us, including Alan Pendleton for his work in setting it
all up at 5am today, plus Laura Griffiths and Naomi Chandler for
their hard work on the results and admin."
consisted of a 500m swim followed by a 20km cycle and a 5km beach
started at Burnham Pool, cycled to Lympsham and Berrow, and ran
from the pool to Berrow golf course and back.
triathlon was under threat at the beginning of this year when
the town's swimming pool faced closure, but when its future was
secured in April, the event was fortunately saved. The pool's
new bosses, Sara-Jane Cox and Mark Conklin, were at the triathlon's
award ceremony on Sunday to give their support to the event.
crowd of spectators cheered on the athletes at the finishing line
heavy downpour of rain during the later stages of the race provided
slippery conditions for the cyclists
swimming pool was alive with activity during Sunday's event
beach provided the perfect setting for the 5km running stages
of the triathlon
Rob Semple (left) and Cllr Neville Jones (right) present a prize
to the second-placed entrant, Iain Hindes
councillor Neville Jones thanked Sara-Jane Cox and Mark Conklin,
the new leaseholders of Burnham pool, for their continuing support
of the triathlon
winners and organisers of the 2008 Burnham Triathlon took a well-earned
breather at the end of Sunday's successful event