Thornbury Running Club has been praised for its new aquathlon, staged for the first time last weekend in Bradley Stoke.
The event, at Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre, involved competitors swimming either 500m or 1,000m, then running 5km or 10km. Despite a forecast of thunder, hail and sleet, 86 competitors turned up to race.
“Thornbury Running Club have to be congratulated for their efforts, organisation and enthusiasm” said Paul Winteringham, of the British Triathlon Association, in his referee’s report. “They were determined to make this a success and they achieved this.”
The running club already organise three running races: the Sundayshill 10km in July, the Oldbury Power Station 10-miles in October, and the Riverbank Rollick in January.
Aquathlon organiser Sandra Webber said:
“We were very pleased with the number of entrants, which was very high for a new event. The club has also maintained its reputation for organising first-class events, which is very pleasing. Everyone seemed to enjoy it and said they’d be back next year.”
“A lot of local folk have said they enjoyed their first experience of a multi-discipline race. Having set the foundations this year, we plan to stage another aquathlon next year in Bradley Stoke – with the capacity for a larger field.”
Looking ahead to another major athletics event in the town, entries have now opened for the annual Bradley Stoke 10k Run, a multi-terrain race staged as part of the Community Festival in June. The race is organised by north Bristol ladies running group Sole Sisters and takes place on Sunday 14th June.
1. James Leith 50.33
2. James Rogers 53.12
3. Pete Darton 54.39
1. Kirsti Robertson 1.01.01
2. Karen Bentham 1.02.09
3. Justine Dewberry 1.05.57
1. George Bonnick 27.11
2. Neil Kerfoot 29.48
3. James Hazell 30.30
1. Katherine Broomhall 30.02
2. Kate Smith 30.40
3. Niamh O’Mahony 31.06
Full Results (Thornbury Running Club)
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