13,000 people took part in the world’s largest triathlon over the weekend in front of an estimated 30,000 spectators.
The men’s elite race had a strong competitive field with more than 60 athletes signed up for the Olympic distance. After joining an early breakaway group British Triathlon Champion Mark Buckingham took first place with a strong run in a time of 1h 42m 11s.
An elated Buckingham remarked: “It’s been so much fun to race in our capital city with all my friends. I went out really hard on the run and just soaked up the atmosphere – the crowds were absolutely amazing”. He also tweeted this…
The female elite competition also saw a leading group establish themselves on the swim, leaving eventual winner Emma Pallant to chase down the lead group on the bike then cruise her way to the finish in 1h 57m 17s.
Pallant commented: “It was such a good race, with an incredible atmosphere. It was a little strange for all of us as at first as there’s not normally such a separation between us, especially in the swim. The bike was a bit cat and mouse but me and India drafted hard and managed to catch the pack in the end, I’m so pleased to come away with the win”.