At 8.00am on Sunday morning, 4th October 2015, with a grey and overcast sky, the first of 130+ swimmers started the first leg of their sprint triathlon at the Last of the Summer Tri in Holmfirth.
By the time the first elite triathletes had finished their swim, bike and run, the sun had started to shine through and the rest of the competitors were making their way through this multi-disciplined sporting event.
Holmfirth’s triathlon takes place twice a year, and is a sprint distance triathlon made up of 400 metres swim in a 20 metre pool, followed by an 24 kilometre cycle route. The run which is just under 6km, completes the triathlon at the swimming pool and sands recreation facilities in Holmfirth.
Joint organisers Dave Armitage and Simon Jones, were delighted at the response from competitors after the event on their Facebook page. The official technical report from Triathlon England, who were present on the day, had this to say “A real grass roots event which was well organised and delivered, just the sort of event I enjoy supporting.”
Steve Marshall, from Triathlon England continued, “Lots of positive comments were made by the athletes. They commented positively about the overall organisation and the support received. Many of the novices said they would be back to take part in future races. Excellent atmosphere.”
Dave Armitage, Race Director of Last of the Summer Tri said “Without our competitors, our sponsors and partners; The Butchers Arms, Albion Cycles, Holme Valley Sports Injury Clinic and Triathlon Box, all the marshals from Holme Valley Mountain Rescue, the volunteers, Purple Dog first aid, all our friends and family, we couldn’t put on one of the best local triathlons in our area. It’s down to everyone who made it such a success.”
Winning times recorded for the first male, were Paul Robson in a total time of 1:16:09 and the first female Anna Hobbs in a total time of 1:30:36. They both get first place prizes of Triathlon Boxes from entrepreneur John Paul Ashton, together with vouchers from local Holmfirth main sponsors The Butchers Arms and Albion Cycles.
First place local athletes Ben Humphreys and Emily Harris received sports massage sessions from local business owner and team GB triathlete Jonny McLean’s Holme Valley Sports Injury Clinic.
Team Phoenix (pictured) a local team of athletes from the Honley Phoenix Squash Club managed an impressive team relay effort in a combined time of 1:19:24 putting them in 4th overall place. Carl Tinson (m) did the 400m swim followed by Gary Culverwell (l) on the bike for 24km and finally Bradley Bedford (r) for the 5.7km run.
Simon Jones, co-organiser of the event said “On the day, we raised over £250 through the sale of teas, coffees and home-made cakes for our chosen charity, Holme Valley Mountain Rescue, who were our marshals and volunteers. They always do a great job and support us at our events every year. We also had Steve, Helen and crew from Purple Dog Training supporting us for the first time with first aid and also helped with marshalling the event. They’re such a great team, and never failed to smile and help out and we’re looking forward to working with them in future events.”