MORE than 130 triathletes competed at the Concept Sport Salisbury Triathlon last weekend.
Salisbury’s’ Five Rivers Leisure Centre was the setting for Sunday's event which attracted athletes from across the south, including 20 members of Salisbury Tri Club.
It was the first triathlon for many of the 134 starters, while more experienced competitors attempted to set personal best times in the welcoming warm conditions.
The sprint distance race began with a 400m swim in the Five Rivers pool, then a 19-mile Bike leg from the leisure centre to Amesbury, including the notorious one-mile long Church Bottom Hill, followed by a four-mile loop run around Old Sarum Castle before finishing at the City of Salisbury Athletics Club track.
Salisbury Tri Club has joined forces with the Lewis Andrews Foundation this year, aiming to continue to develop local triathletes and promote the sport.
The club's 20 athletes did not disappoint in what was its strongest showing to date. They enjoyed plenty of success with three athletes finishing in the top ten, six winning their respective age groups while the club also won the team prize.
Two years after the late Lewis Andrews finished in third place for Salisbury, Craig Gardiner replicated the achievement, crossing the line in 1:22.29 to finish third man overall.
Gardiner said: “I am proud to have emulated Lewis’s third place finish. He was a friend and a team mate who continues to inspire me and many others in the club.”
Nigel Peterson was seventh in 1:24:28, while Mark Jacobs also won his age group with a time of 1:29:36. He was closely followed by Sarah Kemp, who was Salisbury’s fastest lady of the day in 1:30:42.
Then came Andrew Holme, 1:31:37, Keith Champion, 1:33:22, Marcus Deyes, 1:33:30, Darren Smith, 1:33:37, Susan Stroud, who was third lady overall in 1:34:59, Kevin Richards, 1:35:06, Joe Green, 1:35:21, and Ruth Thom, who won her age group in 1:35:40.
Sue Clements was another age group winner in 1:36:58, as was Tony Kesterton win 1:40:27.
Steve Smith finished in 1:41:08, with Charlotte Jones winning her age group on her sprint distance debut in 1:43:03.
Isobel Atkin completed the course in 1:44:13, followed by Dudley Kent, 1:47:58, and Barry Davis, 1:52:42.
The performances of Dowding, Peterson and Jacobs ensured Salisbury team award success.
The club's chairperson, Susan Stroud said: ''Salisbury Tri Club had fantastic results at the Triathlon on Sunday. The club is going from strength to strength with quite a few members winning their categories, and some members taking part in their first triathlon.
“I wish everyone continuing success over the summer.''
Anyone interested in joining the Salisbury club, or requires more information about the sport should visit www.salisburytriclub.co.uk