The first Cardiff Triathlon drew thousands of participants and spectators to the city centre yesterday (28 June), despite some damp conditions.
On the racing front, four hotly contested races were on offer:
After 1500m of swimming, 40km on the bike and an epic 10km run, it was GB triathlete David Bishop who emerged victorious as he blitzed his competitors with an incredible time of 1:50:44. Bishop beat Chris Silver who finished in second place and David Hynes, who finished third.
Emerging out of the water and exiting T1 in first position, Bishop became the hot favourite to win the race. However, as the athletes returned into the Roald Dahl Plass following the challenging 40km bike leg, David Hynes had cut Bishop’s lead to just 18secs.
Not wanting to be beaten Bishop put on the burners during the 10km run, recording an astonishing time of 31:11mins. This eventually saw him run out as the clear winner finishing 2mins ahead of his nearest challenger.
“It was a great race to be a part of,” said Bishop afterwards. “This could definitely become an ITU event in the future.”
In the female race it was Eloise Crowley who was first home with an unbelievable time of 2:07:52, after leading from start to finish. The Cardiff-born athlete went on to win the first ever Cardiff Triathlon 33secs ahead of nearest challenger, Caroline Higgins.
The Cardiff Triathlon Sprint race saw Tomos Nesham and Hollie Elliott emerge as individual winners of the male and female races. Both stormed around the course in fantastic times of 58:26mins and 1:05:39 respectively.
Hollie Elliott wins the sprint-distance women’s race
If the 2015 race has got you inspired you can pre-register for the 2016 Cardiff Triathlon here.
Full results for Cardiff Triathlon 2015 can be found here.
Top 3 men:
1st David Bishop
2nd Chris Silver
3rd David Hynes
Top 3 women:
1st Eloise Crowley
2nd Caroline Higgins
3rd Lauren Roe
Top 3 men
1st Tomos Nesham
2nd Brett Halliwell
3rd Andrew Martin
Top 3 women
1st Hope Elliot
2nd Gwen Kinsley
3rd Rhiannon Middleton
(Images: Sportpictures Cymru)
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