Halton hosts triathlon

The 2013 RAF Halton Triathlon took place recently with the sun shining for the 67 people who completed the race.

A wide range of tri-athletes took part, from those who were doing their first ever triathlon, to those who had been doing it for many years, over many distances.  The good weather even brought out a few spectators, resulting in a good atmosphere around the finish gantry.

Halton is a sprint distance triathlon; a 300m swim, 21 kilometre bike ride and a 5 kilometre run.  The three disciplines were facilitated by RAF Halton, with the swim taking place in the Station pool, a bike route around Halton, Wendover, and the surrounding area, and a run around the Station grounds finishing in front of the Nuffield pavilion.

The competitors were started off in waves of four, dependent upon the time they had estimated for their swim, with the more serious racers setting off in later waves.  Each tri-athlete was given a chip on registration which they attached to their footwear, this allowed the timing administrators to track the athletes at various points along the course and calculate the final finishing times.  Some impressive scores were seen with Jenny Roberts, the female winner, also the second fastest overall, achieving a time of 1 hour 02 minutes and 15 seconds.  In second place was Zoe Doyle (1.04.37) and third place, Iona Craft (1.06.33).  In the men’s race Paul Alexander was victorious with a time of 1.02.09, second place was Steve McMahon (1.02.59) and third place was Daniel Stevens (1.03.51).

Cpl Sean (Killa) Kilkenny, who organised the event, said: “The event would not have been possible without the help of the countless individuals who assisted in the set up, organisation and those who turned up and competed on the day.  The event was all in the aid of the Iain Rennie Hospice who are a local charity working in the Chilterns area of Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire. Their aim is to offer anyone who has a life-limiting illness the choice to receive the care and support that they need in the comfort and security of their own home.”

You can still donate by visiting the Ian Rennie website www.irhh.org/sitehome/whatson/WhatsonIntro.php