500 competitors take part in 4th South Manchester Triathlon

The 4th South Manchester Triathlon took place on Sunday, 20th September, and saw nearly 500 competitors cross the finish line.

Based at the Wilmslow Leisure Centre, the event attracts both novices and experienced triathletes as well as a large number of spectators.

The 400m swim took place in the indoor pool whilst the bike leg covered a distance of 24.2 km around Wilmslow and the scenic roads through Ashley and Mobberley. The race finished with a mostly flat 6.3 km run along Wilmslow's quiet, leafy roads taking in views of the River Bollin. This was the same course as Wilmslow Triathlon held in May and a lot of triathletes were looking to see how they had developed over the season.

Paul Hawkins was second fastest in the water and took the lead on the cycling leg, securing the winning title in a time of 1:05:33. Brian Fogarty of FITT took second place in 1:06:38, ahead of Matt Barnes of Manchester Triathlon Club who crossed the finish line in 1:07:09.

Julia Anderson dominated the women's field after an exceptionally fast swim and held on to the lead, claiming the win in 1:22:45. Runner up Lorraine Hopley of Rossendale Triathlon Club finished in 1:23:53, ahead of Kate Mills of Knutsford Triathlon Club who secured third place in 1:24:24.

A lot of athletes were raising money for The Christie charity, the Official Charity Partner for the South Manchester Triathlon.

Race Director Simon Hill commented: "The South Manchester Triathlon and the Wilmslow Triathlon are amongst our most popular events, with hundreds of triathletes racing in Wilmslow at the beginning and at the end of the season each year. The sprint distance makes the event accessible for athletes of all levels, and we are proud to say that this is one of the most popular and most fun events on the triathlon calendar, featuring a great atmosphere and fantastic support for the competitors.

"A big thank you to everyone who took part, and to all our sponsors, partners, volunteers and marshals who contributed to the success of the event."

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Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Barry Stafford
Wednesday 23rd September 2015 at 12:01 pm
These events ,especially we now seem to have hundreds of cyclists on our narrow lanes.It is important for the organisers to tell these these guys to ride single file,not 3 abreast chatting.. Or overtaking on bends.Piling up behind motorist and trying to force their way through.Every Sunday we have dozens of the two wheel fanatics on the Wilmslow -Mobberley stretch. Heads down,pulling into the road to avoid potholes.Oblivious to cars behind.Due to helmets and ear speakers listening to music..Last Sunday,was the worst I have encountered.With some stupid riding. I am a Advanced Motorist and a cyclist.Racing and Time-Trials in my youth, now a mountain bike.With the many Sunday drivers also out,15mph was our speed, because of the antics, of many cyclists. This is a safety message to these guys to look/listen and consider motorists behind you.
Chris Brodie
Wednesday 23rd September 2015 at 12:51 pm
Good on everyone that put in the effort to take part and do something to be proud of, it can be a life changing experience for many. Anything that gets people fitter should be encouraged. Barry, why don't you re-live your youth and give it a try? Beats sitting behind a keyboard grumbling...
Wayne Jaffe
Wednesday 23rd September 2015 at 8:03 pm
A great event, we are lucky to have two triathlons in Wilmslow plus of course the successful Park Run that has been running in the Carrs for a few months now as well as the Wilmslow Half Marathon.
I can understand why cyclists would want to avoid potholes rather than risk injury or damage, I hope the council keep repairing the surfaces. Then more people can enjoy cycling safely in our neighbourhood even if a few motorists have to drive slower.
Meryl Spencer
Thursday 24th September 2015 at 7:07 pm
Actually I agree with Barry. We live in a lovely flat cycling area and it's becoming a big problem. Every weekend there seems to be some kind of cycle race going through Wilmslow, with cyclists and race officials seeming to think that they have total priority over any other traffic. Last Sunday we had cyclists around Wilmslow for over 7 hours!
The problem I have with cyclists is that they ignore road rules and ride around in 'pods' of 6-10 so you have no chance of safely overtaking them. They stay in double/triple file, talking to each other, taking no notice of other road users.
Wayne Jaffe
Friday 25th September 2015 at 5:06 pm
That's the issue, we try and make society fitter but some motorists, who cause more damage, death and break more laws than any other group I know of, can't stand being inconvenienced in their journeys. Everyone, pedestrians, cyclists and car drivers should be law abiding and have a right to be safe.
"Last Sunday we had cyclists around Wilmslow for over 7 hours!" Gosh, There are cars in Wilmslow 24/7, 365 days a week! During rush hour 5 days a week there is really heavy polluting traffic, not helped we learn this week, by certain European car manufacturers! We need to walk more, cycle more, use public transport more and drive less to be fitter and less intolerant of other more vulnerable road users. Even on Sundays.
Jon Williams
Friday 25th September 2015 at 6:33 pm
Apart from Triathlon's we don't have any "races" in Wilmslow Meryl !
Ryan Dance
Friday 25th September 2015 at 8:16 pm
The point is. It is not acceptable for cyclists to ride in a peloton. Observe the rules my cycling friends. I think you forget .....you are much more vulnerable on a bicycle. Debate all you want. Just stick to the rules