Alnwick Sprint Triathlon May 13th – Results

PROVISIONAL DATE FOR 2019: Sunday May 12th

Who forgot to book the weather? The whole of the week before the event, calm & fine settled weather. The day before the event organiser ignored his own advice re. sun cream and was sun burnt during transition setup. It was dry(ish) at 4.30am on race day. Then it poured for the race itself, only for the sun to come out after the race and fine weather has continued since!

Despite that a good turnout: 168 due to start on the day, 20 no shows, 2 DNFs (both due to bike mechanicals), leaving 146 finishers – with everybody racing in good spirits. It was especially pleasing that everybody took heed of the conditions and looked after themselves in what were challenging bike conditions – a less than ideal combination of excessive surface water and pot-holed Northumberland roads (which should not be viewed as a dig at the council – damaged roads are being repaired all over the county; the scale of the road damage after the winter simply makes things very difficult).

So good teamwork, and everybody deserves a big ‘thank you’ and pat on the back. The organising committee, the marshals, the supporters, and the athletes themselves – wonderful to see everybody working together to have a great, safe and enjoyable event.

Congratulations to the two winners: Gemma Frost & Lewis Timmins. We are looking forward to welcoming them back next year with a free entry courtesy of Alnorthumbria Vets. And bigger congratulations to all the first timers – the best thing about triathlon is the “I CAN DO THIS” realisation that it brings to all participants which is infectious and so important in all aspects of life. And that spirit is most-evident in the big smiles of the first timers. So hats off to you.

Apologies that on the day there was an error in the category prize list – the timing company drew up a list based on “age on the day” rather than the triathlon default of “age on 31st December” – the correct final list is downloadable below. And full results here.

But I think the best way of summing up the day is to let the athletes do it themselves:

Just a quick note to say thank you. It’s a tremendous event that manages to feel incredibly inclusive, yes there’s some very fast boys and girls (getting faster every year) but plenty people who just want to take part and get round the course. Organisation and marshalling were, yet again, brilliant, and I loved every minute of it. I hope to be back in 2019. Thanks again.

Just a quick email to thank you for a great race today. A great day of racing, a great goody bag and again we will look forward to seeing you next year. Appreciate the time you and the Alnwick Tri Club have put in to host the event and it was well marshalled and managed.

Can I just add a very big thank you to two of your marshals who helped me sort out two punctured tyres just before my swim. My super-pumped up tyre was flat when I took it out of the car and there was a problem with my spare inner tube. The two marshals fixed it for me with the help of a second inner tube provided by Dom from the club. They went out of their way to help and I was very grateful.

Please can you pass on my thanks to yourselves and the fantastic marshals , we had a brilliant day.

Fantastic event today! Well organised, terrific hosting and such enthusiastic Marshal’s. A BIG thank you.

Well done to all the organisers and marshals. I really enjoyed my first Alnwick tri

Just a short note to thank you for organising a great event. The weather may have been a bit unkind but I really appreciate your time and effort and that of all thank marshals. Looking forward to doing it all again next year!

Thanks for organising a great event, especially to the marshal who looked after me and lent me a jumper to keep warm after my pedal fell off! Thanks all, great event as usual.

I just wanted to write and thank you and the team at Alnwick tri for another excellent event. I’ve done Alnwick for the last 6 years and it has always been a pleasure. Please pass my thanks on, really appreciated.

I just want to thank the organisers and marshals for a great morning, even if we encountered the only rain in the fortnight, but at least we did not over heat!!! Course was well marked and marshalled and the organisation run like clockwork, my wife or I will be back next year for the same again.
Thank you to all involved.

Just wanted to drop you a line to say thanks so much for the well organised event at the weekend, and to share appreciation for all the volunteers who made it possible.

Category Results

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Alnwick Sprint Tri Sunday May 13th 2018 – Race Information

Apologies for the delay in issuing a start list & race instructions. A start list is now available below – race instructions will follow shortly. And please note the following:

  1. Do to marshalling difficulties we have had to revise the run route. Rather than the traditional out & back along farm tracks the run route will now comprise 4 loops around the Duchess’s Community High School with a short section from transition to the start of the loop and then back again to the finish. The total distance is approximately 4.75km rather than the full 5km. The loop itself is on high quality smooth tarmac and is used by the local Harriers as a 1km test – it appears on Strava as the segment “The Duchess’s Lap”. So run times will be faster this year, the run will be more sociable and accessible for spectators, and a very much reduced risk of turning ankles. Standard run shoes recommended rather than trail shoes!
  2. In assigning start times we have followed the usual protocol of sending the slower swimmers off in the earlier waves, ensuring that all swimmers in a lane have comparable times, and that within a lane the faster swimmers start first. However there are some individual variations to this in an attempt to achieve the following:
    • any entrants with a comparatively slower bike time have not been placed in the final wave so that they are not left out on the road on their own
    • to give all swimmers sufficient time to complete their swim but still ensure that we get through the swim as quickly as possible so that the bike section takes place before road traffic gets busier, a pair of very much faster swimmers have been moved into a staggered 2nd wave

Click to download:

Start list

Race instructions

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Open Water Swimming 2018

We plan to start adult open water swim sessions in Ladyburn Lake, Druridge Bay Country Park on Thursday the 3rd May 2018 at 7pm. Junior sessions will commence at a later date (notification will be placed on the Junior facebook page).
The lake water temperature on Sunday 29th April 2018 was recorded as 11 degrees – this is chilly so if new to open water swimming you might like to wait until it’s warmed up a little more.
Please print off the Rules & Consent Form (click link below to download) and bring a signed copy to the lakeside on the first session you attend. This will speed up the process for the lakeside marshal. And please consider adding your name to the marshal/safety spotter rota – speak to the marshal on the day.

Open Water Safety Rules and Code of Conduct


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Ladies Only GoTri Results 2018

Yet another fantastically friendly and successful mini-triathlon for females held on Thursday 22nd Feb 2018.


Well done to everyone who competed.  For a non-competitive event, there was most certainly a lot of racing going on.


Results Below

Woments only tri 2018 results including slpits

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Ladies Only Go Tri – February 22nd 7pm

A very informal Ladies only event based indoors, designed for women to try a tri. 200m swim in the pool, 5km on the gym bike, 2km run on the treadmill.
Enter here:

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Alnwick Sprint Tri 2018 – May 13th

The Alnwick Sprint Triathlon 2018 will take place on Sunday 13th May 2018. The race starts at 7:30am with registration open from 6:10am. The swim distance is 400m and there will be staggered wave starts from 7.30am onwards. The bike ride is an undulating single 21km circular loop, with a 5km run to finish. There is a post-race buffet, a goodie bag with a commemorative T-shirt, and chip timing.

The event is based at the Willowburn Leisure Centre, Willowburn Lane, Alnwick NE66 2JH. Entries cost £46 for BTF members, £49 for non-BTF members (includes £3 day race license fee). (Please note: there will be a small supplement payable during the online entry process which reflects the cost of processing your credit or debit card.)

Entries will open at 9am on Friday 29th December via ResultsBase:

22/1/18: Additional entries now available !!!


The Alnwick Sprint Triathlon is a very popular and friendly event. It is organised entirely by volunteers from Alnwick Triathlon Club and the club is very proud to provide an enjoyable event that caters to the complete range of the performance spectrum, newbies & experienced athletes alike. And we very much want the event to continue – to this end please read carefully the following statement from the event organiser.

The 2017 edition of the race saw some great performances, both from finishers and winners, and was (largely) a pleasure to be involved with. However there were two difficult incidents: (1) a marshal was sworn at by a competitor; and (2) there was a collision between a competitor on a bike leg, and a motor vehicle. Additionally we received complaints from professional drivers as to the conduct of the cyclists in the race. Ensuring athlete safety is my number one priority. I am absolutely certain that the overwhelming majority of participants are fully aware when cycling that they are road users first, and competitors second. The bike leg is on public non-closed roads and the Highway Code takes precedence. In accordance with BTF rules, we will DQ participants guilty of ‘breaking road traffic regulations’ or ‘dangerous conduct or riding’. There will be local guidance clarifying examples of actions that will attract a DQ and this will include: (1) crossing central white lines on a single carriageway road; (2) not signalling when turning right at a roundabout; (3) not being ready to brake when navigating road junctions and roundabouts. Please remember that all participants have a responsibility both to all others, and all marshals involved on the day – enjoy the day and above all, be a safe example to less experienced athletes.


Please email alnwicksprinttri [at] blackdogsoftware [dot] co [dot] uk

  • to be added to the reserve list (include 400m swim time and estimated 21km bike time as well as full contact details)
  • if entered and can no longer make the event
  • with any other queries


As is traditional, all club members entering the race are expected to either help with race setup on the day before the race, or to provide a marshal to help out on the day, or both! But all offers of help are gratefully received — so if any entrants are likely to be accompanied by somebody willing to take on some marhalling duties on race day then please get in touch!

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Alnwick Junior Tri @ Druridge

Results 2017
Please read this information carefully as it contains some key information regarding
your race. Any last minute amendments to the race information will be emailed to you so
please keep checking. We will also publish any changes on the club website

Race day information

Please bring a signed consent form for each competitor

Consent form

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Deva Olympic Distance Tri

At this time of year, some of our athletes are travelling far and wide to take part in qualifying events for the GB team. Report from Ian Atherton.

Six Alnwick Tri athletes today raced the World Champs qualifier, Deva Olympic distance tri in Chester.  A brilliantly well organised event with registration open on Saturday and each of the 8 swim waves starting on time to the second.
This Roman city is a brilliant venue for triathlon.  It has fine historic architecture and, from observing on the streets and listening until the wee hours, is much favoured by stag and hen parties.  A bit like Newcastle, but there the similarity ends.
The river is clean, and was reasonably warm today at 17 degrees, the bike ride is undulating and fast with a skirmish into the Welsh Borders. The run crossed the river 6 times and was flat, largely across open pasture and river bank and totally traffic free.
There were over 1000 entrants with many cheering supporters lining the side of race, none more vocal than Geoff and Emma Givens daughters Erin and Chloe.  Our names were on our race numbers so we were cheered by name the whole way round the run route by many very generous people.
Fastest home from Alnwick was Ed Hillier in 2:21:22 in a very strong group.
Heading for Rotterdam in 6th place was Vee in 2:23:42.
Denise Drummond came home in 9th place with a time of 2:36:38, Lisa Williams in 17th place in 2:40:32. Ian Ath in his first standard distance race finished in 2:47:43 and Geoff Givens in 2:58:36.
We missed Angie Doughty who had to pull out last week because of injury.
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Strathclyde Park Multisport Festival

Alnwick ladies cool off after the race at Strathclyde.

Alnwick ladies cool off after the race at Strathclyde.

Glasgow’s Strathclyde Country Park was the host venue for the British Sprint Triathlon Championships over the bank holiday weekend, attracting top triathletes from all over the UK including some of Alnwick’s finest multi sport competitors.
First up were the veteran men with Phill Hall and Steve Carragher battling through a large field in the 750m loch swim. Steve settled into a comfortable pace to exit in 5th position whilst Phil swam a PB to come out of the water in 38th. Phil’s bike strength showed as he blasted through the field on the undulating 20km bike leg, clocking the second fastest time to start the run in 16th whilst Steve dropped to 10th. With temperatures over 24degrees, fast run times were unlikely however Steve worked hard to make up a few places to finish in seventh place and Phil ran a good 5km to complete the British  championships in 18th position.
The Female veterans were next into the loch including a strong quartet of Denise Drummond, Victoria Curry, Tracey Sample and Lisa Williams from Alnwick. ‘Coach D’ demonstrated her fantastic swim background by exiting the water in 2nd position. ‘Coach T’ was not far behind in 6th and then Victoria and Lisa closely followed into T1 in 10th and 12th. Denise held her position throughout the 4 lap bike leg, entering transition 2 in second position. Meanwhile Lisa moved up to 9th, Victoria to 10th and Tracey dropped to 12th. This made for exciting viewing for the final run leg as Denise held on for the bronze medal in her age group, a fantastic achievement which will no doubt inspire her students at the Duchess high school when she returns after half term. Another battle was continuing behind as Lisa stormed through the run to finish in 9th. Victoria had a great run to hold on to 10th and Tracey was happy to be competing at the highest level again following hip surgery, finishing in 12th.
Next up for Alnwick were Stephen Cowell and Ian Atherton in the over 50’s men’s race. Both men had strong swims and consolidated their positions on the bike with Stephen entering T2 in 42nd and Ian 12th in their age groups. Ian and Stephen ran great final legs to finish in 14th and 34th respectively in their age groups.
Audrey Stewart and Lynne Bannister were competing in the over 50’s female race and both acquitted themselves well in tough fields. Audrey swam, biked and ran consistently to finish a strong 12th in her age group and Lynne competed well to come 10th in hers.

Four Alnwick Tri Juniors travelled up to Scotland for the British Championships to be held on exactly the same course as the adults. Millie Breese, competing in the Tristar 2 race (aged 11 to 12) made a great start, swimming in contention with the leaders and then rode a great bike leg to enable her to capitalise on her strong running style. She Breezed home in a fantastic 6th position in a very strong field.
In Tristar 3 (13 to 14 years) Max Breese and James Carragher were joined at the hip throughout the swim and bike legs and came into T2 alongside each other having biked themselves into the top 10. Max ran well to finish in 12th position and James dropped to 16th.
Maddy Hall was Alnwick’s sole representative in Tristar 3 girls and performed well. Her bike leg was one of the fastest and she ran strongly to finish in 13th.

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Alnwick Sprint Tri 2017

Some great performances at Alnwick Sprint Tri this morning, the early morning light rain would have affected the first wave or two out on the bike but stopped for the majority of competitors flying around a fantastic bike course and a great hilly out and back run.

Well done to everyone who took apart – you are all winners now that you have your finisher’s medal!

Perfect performances from our top 3 men and women


  1. Graham Crammond
  2. Lewis Timmins
  3. Matt Collsion


  1. Christine Burns
  2. Lyndsey Curry
  3. Alicia Lauckner

The rest of the results can be found here

Finally a huge thank you to all of our marshals for getting up really early to cheer everyone on. Without you we wouldn’t be able to hold such a fantastic race.

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