Debut ‘world class’ event hailed a success after 500 finish the course

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The inaugural Peak District Triathlon at Chatsworth took place last weekend and has been hailed a huge success by organisers, spectators and competitors alike.

Based at one of the UK’s best-known country estates, the event attracted hundreds of spectators and competitors from as far as Singapore and the USA, with nearly 500 finishers in its first year.

Alison Leavens

Alison Leavens

The day started off with mist, grey clouds and drizzly rain but the skies cleared and the sun came out as athletes were crossing the finish line.

With options of a standard and a sprint distance race, the swim took place in the river Derwent starting from the 18th century Paine’s Bridge taking swimmers out and back in front of Chatsworth House.

The cycle route went up Baslow Hill to Owler Bar and back, taking in some of the most beautiful scenes in the Peak District, before the race finished with a tough, scenic run around the Chatsworth Estate up to the famous Hunting Tower.

The top three men in the standard race crossed the finish line within ten seconds of each other, with Sam Village taking the lead on the cycle leg and holding on to it to take the winning title in a time of 01:53:21.

Runner up Matt Everest, (Loughborough Uni Tri Club) finished in 01:53:24, ahead of Paul Hawkins (Knutsford Triathlon Club) in 01:53:31.

In the women’s field Alison Leavens (Chester Tri Club) was second out of the water but her strong performance on the bike put her in first place and secured the win in a time of 02:18:52.

Caroline Higgins (Uni of Leeds) clocked the fastest swim and fastest run but couldn’t close the gap and finished second in 02:20:34, with Rebecca Brand (Manchester Triathlon Club) third in 02:23:21.

Full results are available at www.xtramileevents.com/results/2014.

Race organiser Simon Hill said: “Our first Peak District Triathlon has been a huge success, in beautiful surroundings and with great facilities.”