Large field for Buxton Triathlon

Alec Horn, winner of the 65-69 age category in the Buxton Triathlon. Photo contributed.
Alec Horn, winner of the 65-69 age category in the Buxton Triathlon. Photo contributed.

TWO hundred and thirty people took on the challenge of the Buxton Triathlon.

The event, which started in the historic spa town and continued through the beautiful Goyt Valley, included a 400-metre swim at the newly-refurbished Buxton Pool, a 21km cycle ride and 5.1km run.

First man across the line was Chris Standidge, amazingly fresh back from completing an Ironman long-distance triathlon. The City of Chester Triathlon Club member raced home in one hour, five minutes and 23 seconds.

He was closely followed by Shaun Godsman (01:06:26) and Robert Saxby (01:06:58). Godsman’s performance was particularly outstanding as, after a long sporting career in fell running, this was his first triathlon, and his performance earned him the male novice prize.

A fell runner also dominated the exciting women’s race, with winner Liz Batt, of Dark Peak Fell Runners, defending her 2009 title, in the process beating her own course record by over two minutes, in a time of 01:17:15.

Not far behind her were Melanie Duggan, of Trentham Running Club (01:19:12), and Natalya Kennedy (01:21:55). The second and third-placed ladies were also novices to the sport.

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