300 entrants for Roe Valley Triathlon

This woman was one of a record 300 entrants in saturday's Roe Valley Sprint Triathlon. (1405SJ59) Photo: Dessie Loughrey

This woman was one of a record 300 entrants in saturday's Roe Valley Sprint Triathlon. (1405SJ59) Photo: Dessie Loughrey

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The 15th Roe Valley Sprint Triathlon organised by the Triangle Triathlon Club from the Roe Valley Leisure Centre in Limavady was held at the weekend, with a record field of 300 entrants.

“There were was fierce competition in all of the categories in the 750 metre swim/20K bike/5K run event which was sponsored by Xperience, Gabriel Devlin Motors, Fletcher Torrens, and North Coast Leisure,” said a spokesperson.

Thanks are due to many organisations including the Red Cross, the PSNI, Limavady Swimming Club, Roe Valley Cycle Club, and a particular thanks are due to the Limavady Community Development Initiative Volunteers, 23 of whose members helped out on the day. “The club are very grateful to Stephanie Grundon for co-ordinating same. Special thanks go to the transition area team including Mervyn Kelly, Rodger Poland, and Brian Scullion who took care of all of the logistics in providing with the best ever transition area for this event,” said the spokesperson.

“The Club is also grateful to Joe Brolly and Nick North for being the guests of honour at the prize giving. Joe is the pioneer and campaigner behind the ‘Opt for Life’ campaign to ensure that in the event of an untimely death, the deceased’s organs may be used to save up to seven lives of others.

“The club is fully behind Joe in his idea and is a very worthwhile project. Nick North hopes to run from Cairo to Capetown next year and set a world record in the process. Both of these guests are dedicated, both to sport and to improving the lives of others and their contribution on Saturday was much appreciated by all those present.”

At the top end of the field, the very experienced triathlete, Brian Campbell was second out of the water. He overtook the leader Alistair Duffield on the bike but in turn was overtaken by Sean Featherstone from the Olympian Club who was some three minutes quicker on the bike ride but Brian then ran a blistering 16:47 for the 5K to win by only 12 secs. As soon as Brian crossed the line he started to cramp up, such was the effort he had put in. Sean Featherstone finished second and in third place was the Triangle’s very own Rhodri Jones who took great delight on standing on the victor’s podium once again.

(See page 23 for photos)