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.