The inaugural Havenpoint Triathlon took place on Sunday 10th August at South Shields. The main topic of conversation during the set up on Saturday evening in glorious sunshine was, “Would tropical storm Bertha arrive during the race or would we be lucky?”
Race day arrived and the weather was calm and overcast as the first members of the organising team were on site at 04:30 hrs, swiftly followed by a small army of helpers, friends and family, without their help this race and every other event on the sporting calendar would not take place.
285 competitors registered for the event which consisted of a 400 metre pool swim, followed by 3 lap 20 km bike on closed roads, then finishing off with a 5km run along the South Shield sea front taking in the newly refurbished promenade.
Although the event clashed with the National Championships at Liverpool it still attracted a competitive field and refreshingly a large number of “first timers”
The early starters entered the water at 7 a.m and enjoyed the best of the conditions, a gentle southerly breeze, one of the early numbers, junior Zak Logue set a blistering swim time of 4;44 that no other competitor would get near to.
The rest of the competitors would follow at 30 second intervals.
The mens race would see the expected favourites set the early pace Daryl Oguana, Craig Hamilton ( Scottish Fire Service) Dave Turnbull ( Ne31) Paul Head (Sun City) and Michael Morris.
Even though the wind really started to pick up for the later starters ensuring they would have to work hard on the outward leg but enjoy the strong tailwind back to Havenpoint. It was during the bike leg that Daryl distanced himself from the rest of the field with the fastest bike split of the day 31:32. The others were now scrapping it out for the minor places. Michael Morris left himself with too much to claw back after the swim. the top six completed the race under the hour and were rewarded with a SUB HOUR T shirt, no mean feat given the blustery conditions.
The ladies race was lead from the off by the pre race favourite , Nat Batey, she never lost the lead and finished in a superb time of 1:03:20 to take the ladies race, the only competitor to get close was her younger sister Jen.
Other notable performances on the day for very different reasons, for completing the run in the fastest time of the day was veteran Michael Morris 16:20 and our new triathletes who arrived nervous and full of trepidation but completed the event, hopefully the first of many, with big smiles on their faces.
The added bonus for many of the triathletes entering Havenpoint Triathlon is the now famous fire service post race buffet, and most of the field stayed to enjoy this courtesy of the Sandwhich Tree while the raffle prizes were drawn and and race results announced. The measure of a good buffet is how much is left at the end, and in keeping with previous events only Nacho crumbs were left for the late arriving organisers!! You are all obviously embracing the healthy lifestyle as the bar didn’t sell many cans of beer!
Thank you to the many who have posted really positive comments on social media regarding the event, they make all the hard work and planning worthwhile.
The bike raffle winners were;
- Roy Jordan- Tyne &Wear Fire & Rescue - Scott Aspect MTB
- Steve Andrews – Fixie bike
- Scott Fawcett – Sun City Tri – Fixie Bike
A total of £1550 was raised for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, in memory of too many friends and colleagues who have succumbed to the illness and thanks from the survivors who are still with us.
Special thanks must go to South Tyneside Council, our main race sponsors A1 Multisport, A Douglas Contruction Scott Bikes, All the marshals and volunteers you know who you are but there are too many to mention individually.
And all the local business, shops restaurants, pubs, Fairgrounds who donated raffle prizes.
And to the local residents of South Shields who allowed us to race on closed roads.
Race Organising committee : Ed Cooper, Dave Linsley, Daryl Oguana, Jamie Brady, Sam Nicholson, Mick Golightly, Carl Latimer, Paul Hopkins, Nat Batey and Bryn Hanson.
For full results visit Haven Point Triathlon 2014 Results.