Race report: South Manchester Tri

Hamish Shaw and Lucy Scott triumph on beautiful day for pool-based sprint race


Around 500 triathletes enjoyed near-perfect race conditions on a beautiful later summer’s day at the third South Manchester Triathlon last weekend, with Hamish Shaw and Lucy Scott winning the pool-based sprint distance race.


Based at the Wilmslow Leisure Centre, the 400m swim took place in the indoor pool whilst the bike leg covered a distance of 24.2km around the sunny town of Wilmslow and the scenic roads through Ashley and Mobberley. The race finished with a mostly flat 6.2km run along Wilmslow’s quiet, leafy roads taking in views of the River Bollin.

Hamish Shaw racing at the South Manchester Triathlon 2014

Hamish Shaw of Knutsford Tri Club secured the men’s title as he glided through the swim and was the strongest performer in both the pool and on the run leg, finishing in 1:10:02. Runner-up David Ardern crossed the finish line 1:11:02, ahead of Chris Green (Ashurst Bike Club) in 1:11:30.

Lucy Scott racing at the South Manchester Triathlon 2014

Last year’s runner-up Lucy Scott of Knutsford Triathlon Club clocked the second fastest swim time before taking the lead on the bike and shaving over 8mins off her 2013 time to cross the finish line in 1:20:16. Rosie Wild claimed second place in 1:21:03, and a sprint finish between Manchester Triathlon Club teammates Caroline Austen and Rachel Crossley saw Austen take third place in 1:21:17.

Here are the provisional results…


1) Hamish Shaw (Torq Fitness) – 1:10:02
2) David Ardern – 1:11:02
3) Chris Green (Ashurst Bike Club) – 1:11:30


1) Lucy Scott (Knutsford Triathlon Club) – 1:20:16
2) Rosie Wild – 1:21:03
3) Caroline Austen (Manchester Triathlon Club) – 1:21:17

The full results are available here.


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