Record field for triathlon

THE annual and perennially popular Matlock Triathlon attracted hardy competitors to the town on Bank Holiday Monday.

In a collaboration between Matlock’s swimming, cycling and athletic clubs, the Matlock Triathlon got under way at 7am on Monday with a record 228 participants of all abilities taking part.

It is exactly a year since last year’s event, which marked Arc Leisure Matlock’s inaugural large-scale event during its first week.

With people travelling from various surrounding areas, as well as a large number of locals, the race’s friendly atmosphere saw friends racing friends, people trying triathlon for the first time, spurred on by the Brownlee brothers’ recent inspirational performances in Hyde Park, and experienced athletes yet again aiming to get the best out of themselves. With ages ranging from 9-67, it was a truly comprehensive gathering.

A fantastic performance from local man Eugene Grant earned him first place, just one second faster than in 52.41 than Ian Burdis from Palterton. The leading lady was Nicky Shaw from Rotherham in 1.04.56, just over half a minute clear of second-placed Sara Vernau.

Both the male and female winners had the honour of choosing the charities to which two sums of £563 will be going. The event has become more and more popular, boding well for the future of this combination of three disciplines, testing a range of endurance events and it shows how it’s thriving in the Dales.