Tri Northumberland hosted their best events yet. It might have been something to do with the weather but the feedback from these races have been amazing. Thank you to all volunteers, supporters and competitors over the two days for making the event at Ladyburn Lake in Druridge Bay Country Park a special one. There were four events taking place over the Saturday and Sunday, 1.5k and 3k open water swims on day one followed by a sprint and standard triathlon on the second day.
Sunday gave competitors something else to think about – the hottest day of the year so far. Ensuring the correct fluid intake could have been the difference between finishing and not finishing. At 27°C there was no holding back the swimmers making the entry into the lake for the start of the triathlons. The Standard started first with a gap of 10 minutes until the Sprint start.
The Sprint provided little surprise with; you’ve guessed it, Alan Copland coming out the water in first place which is where he would stay for the duration of the race. The race for 2nd place was a much closer affair with the experienced athletes evenly matched. A handful of young up and coming triathletes of the future were next out the drink. Charlie Harris-Pratt, Alex Foster, Nick Wooley, Max Robson all exited within a few seconds, all names to watch out for in the next few years I am sure, along with the uber experienced and not so youthful local coach Paul Jones (F4L Coaching).