Tricky conditions underfoot for athletes

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The 2014 Northumberland Triathlon was held last weekend at Druridge Bay Country Park just outside Amble.

Despite the overnight deluge which made the grassed transition area a quagmire the weather conditions on the day were ideal for such a popular event.

The swim took place in Ladyburn Lake in the park grounds, the bike route took competitors out of the park along the coastal route and the run was held on the footpath that skirted Ladyburn Lake back inside the park.

Two events took place, the sprint event of 750m swim, 20km bike and 5km run and the standard (Olympic) distance event of 1.5km swim, 40km bike and 10km run. Tweed Triathlon Club had representatives in both events.

In a field of 199 competitors in the sprint event, Neil Anderson came 56th overall and 24th in the senior male category in a total time of 1 hour 19 minutes 15 seconds.

Will Davidson finished 70th overall and 31st senior male in a time of 1h 21m 19s, Paul Brothwood finished 73rd overall and 20th in the male veteran category in a time of 1h 21m 40s, whilstTom Darling, racing his first triathlon, finished 80th overall and was 34th senior male home in a time of 1h 23m 23s.

Mike Walker finished 100th overall and 30th male veteran in a time of 1h 25m 57s.

The Standard event had a total of 148 competitors, two Tweed Triathletes competed in this longer distance.

Graham Simpson, who was third coming out of the water, finished 18th overall after some technical difficulties on the bike stage.

Despite this he posted a very respectable time of 2h 13m 34s making him 11th senior male and Steve Flook, a week after completing the Luxembourg marathon, finished 93rd overall and eighth male super vet. in a time of 2h 39m 59s.

The event attracted a large crowd of supporters and it was good to see a number of non competing Tweed Triathlon Club members at the park to cheer on their team mates.