photos: 200 battle severe weather to complete Burnham aquathlon
of athletes braved gale-force winds and heavy rain to take part
in Burnham-On-Sea's spring triathlon on Sunday (April 29th), which
partially went ahead despite the horrendous conditions.
severe weather led to
the organisers from Burnham Swim and Sports Academy cancelling
the cycling stage from the event amid safety concerns, but the
swim and run still went ahead as scheduled, turning it into an
Burnham pensioner Arthur Gilbert - who was last year named the
oldest triathlete and will be carrying the Olympic Torch during
May - was due to take part but understandably pulled out due to
the harsh conditions.
109 adult competitors and over 100 youngsters battled against
the weather to complete the event, which was won by Jim Bishop
from Bristol and District Triathletes in 14 minutes and 11 seconds.
second spot was Burnham-On-Sea Tri Academy's Scott Jenkins who
was just six seconds behind despite competing in the 15-17 age
group - an outstanding performance. Local athlete Celia Miall
was the first lady home in a time of 15 minutes and 7 seconds.
adults swam 10 lengths of the pool, and ran 2.5km along The Esplanade
to the jetty and back. The junior event was also well supported,
with entries from as far afield as Scotland and Cornwall, plus
40 of Burnham's junior tri team.
event's organiser, Martin Rogers, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The
weather was not with us today, but safety is always our top priority
and we made the right decision to remove the cycling stage. With
such strong gusts, the cycling would have been unsafe."
the conditions, we had a really good turnout and huge thanks go
to all our athletes and marshalls. It was a great success and
everyone went home safely."
Academy's Mark Cox-Conklin added: "Congratulations go to
all our athletes and marshalls who battled the extreme adverse
weather conditions. We cannot thank the athletes enough for showing
true grit, determination and flexibility in battling it out on
the swim and run course."
full results are available here: Adults,
1 Girls, Tri
Star 1 Boys, Tri
Star 2 Girls, Tri
Star 2 Boys, Tri
Star 3 Girls, and Tri
Star 3 Boys.