Ron presents medals at annual triathlon
A FORMER world record holder was in Ely for the city s second annual triathlon relay and Aquathlon. Ron Jones MBE, who was part of the record-breaking British 4 x 100 yard relay team in 1963 and captain of the British athletics squad in the Mexico 68 Oly
A FORMER world record holder was in Ely for the city's second annual triathlon relay and Aquathlon.
Ron Jones MBE, who was part of the record-breaking British 4 x 100 yard relay team in 1963 and captain of the British athletics squad in the Mexico '68 Olympics, presented medals at the event in Ely on Sunday, which was sponsored by the Ely Standard.
Athletes from the city's swimming, running and cycling clubs competed in 20 triathlon teams drawn at random.
Members of The City of Ely Swimming Club started the relay with a 400m swim, before handing over the baton to Ely and District Cycling Club riders. They competed over a 20km before Ely Runners completed the race with a 5km run around the school's sports grounds.
Local school children aged from nine to 16 took part in their own event - called an Aquathlon. A swim of 100m was followed by a run around the King's School playing field of just over 800m.
The children were divided into three age groups to win medals and every child taking part received a free commemorative T-shirt.
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Event organiser Alison O'Connor, from the swimming club, said: "I am delighted that once again our three Ely clubs have worked together to put on a fantastic event. The team triathlon format worked really well, and most competitors achieved personal best times - particularly some of the younger swimmers.
"The local kids who entered the Aquathlon all did a superb job. We had more than 40 competitors in this event, twice as many as last year, and although most were from the Ely area, we did have two from as far away as Sidcup in Kent! We have already spoken to our hosts, The King's School, and have been given the green light to do it all again next year."
Mark Anderson from Specsavers presented the triathlon trophies and Mr Jones presented the medals to the Aquathletes.
In addition to the competition, there was a lot going on to keep everyone entertained, with a barbecue, sportswear stall, ice cream van, and Q103's Black Thunders providing music and commentary.
The organisers had enormous support from a number of local businesses.
They would like to thank: The Ely Standard, Peterborough-based Escape Fitness, Specsavers in Ely, Ely and District Round Table, the Mayor of Ely's Fund, the Paradise Centre, Tesco, Dynamic Creative, The Art and Design Studio, Ely Print and Complete Imaging.
The winning times were as follows:
FIRST PLACE 59mins 30sec
Swimmer Jack O'Connor
Cyclist Marc Cox
Runner Rachel Roberts
SECOND PLACE 1hr 0mins 48 sec
Swimmer Braddan Westlake
Cyclist Andy Stephens
Runner Tony Robinson
THIRD PLACE 1hr 1min 8sec
Swimmer Maya Westlake
Cyclist George Webb
Runner Pete Harris
First India Baynes 7min 12.13sec
Second Nicolette Dyer 7min 56.16sec
Third Beth Bartlett 7min 58.32sec
First Libby Milne 6min 31.70sec
Second Georgia Baynes 7min 01.07sec
Third Helen Garrod 7min 14.41sec
First Jessica Hill 6min 18.95sec
Second Katie Dunkley 6min 53.88sec
Third Jessica Owen 7min 03.20sec
First Harry Love 6min 17.25sec
Second Tyler Allen 7min 06.86sec
Third Ross Mortimer 7min 31.45sec
First Thomas Johnston 5min 17.84sec
Second Jack Bartlett 5min 43.80sec
Third Matty Garner 5min 43.86sec
First Alex Garner 5min 50.73sec
Second James Coghlan 6min 34.06sec
Third Sam Dunkley 6min 44.76sec
More details of all sponsors and supporters, as well as a full list of results and images, are available now at www.elytriathlon.co.uk