Another Successful Weekend at the Bala Middle Distance Triathlon June 2013
The weather gods once again smiled on Bala at the race weekend, where conditions returned to those of the early years, and sunburn and dehydration were the main order of the day.
Thanks to the competitors, helpers, spectators and all the people who contributed to the Charity Swim, Charity Raffle and the BBQ. Over £2000 has been raised to date and we will repeat these events at the September Olympic Distance weekend where we hope to at least double this amount. Please support us again
Thanks in particular to Tri Training Harder who donated a £500 holiday to the lucky winner of the raffle. The winner turned out to be Mark Wakefield from Chester Tri who was racing in the Bala Middle Triathlon and received the news on race day. We will shortly be opening the donation page for the chance to win a second holiday to be drawn at the September Bala Standard Distance Triathlon – give it a go – someone will take home the holiday.
The Saturday Charity swims saw over 100 swimmers take part and complete the swims in glorious sunshine, with a number of people (like yours truly) doing both distances. The main objectives are to provide a chance for Sundays athletes to sample part of the swim course in a mass start, provide an opportunity for non-competitors of the triathlon to sample an open water swim, provide a safe but fun atmosphere, but more importantly raise money for our supported charities Cancer Research, Starlight, Aspire and Help for Heroes.
The glorious weather continued over the weekend for the main race, the Bala Middle Distance Triathlon on Sunday 9th June. Competitors were seen scrambling around transition in the final minutes, applying dollops of sun cream to protect themselves while out on the course.
The swim got off to a great sunny start with referee Melissa amusing the athletes and spectators when fully clothed in her referee’s apparel she decided to go for an early swim. This was followed by an interview over the tannoy – apparently she was trying to pick up some litter (or so she says) - bless herJ. Any way after scoring a perfect set of 10’s from the spectators and athletes alike, the laughing stopped and the race atmosphere resumed as the athletes began to take Melissa’s place in the water.
The weather once again helped make the event with spectators happily mulling around transition and supporting the BBQ managed by our very own Iestyn and Debbie O’Neill. There was more entertainment and banter here than anywhere else, with all proceeds once again going to our supported charities. Who said athletes don’t eat burgers
Just 4 hours 6 minutes and 20 seconds after the race started, winner Chris Standidge appeared under the finish gantry, while in 5 hours and 45 seconds the female race winner Hannah Thomas crossed the line.
Full results are here:
Race photos are on Mick Hall’s site here:
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We will be publishing information on the Facebook page regarding the September events including the Standard Distance Triathlon, Charity Swims and Charity Raffle, and of course the 2014 events.
Thanks to all our sponsors and partners :
Cuzzons, High5, Mornflake, Red Bull, Royles, Spatone, Tri Training Harder, Vitabiotics and Wholebake/9Bar.
We have a great venue at Bala, but we would not have a race without all the help that is provided by Wrecsam Triathlon Club members and their families. These people work throughout the year as well as 18 hour days over the weekend. They assist with loading, cleaning and packing away in the weeks before, during and after the race. Likewise the locals of Bala who also put in many hours of their time to assist in any way they can.
My thanks to all the helpers, referees and the athletes who made this a memorable weekend with good company, good banter and good quality racing! We hope to see you again in September, and in 2014 Middle Distance event.
Diolch yn fawr - Thank you
Julian Hunter – Race Director