Tri beating that for weekend of sporting success

Anna Maruszak (34) from Chichester, pictured with daughter Blanka (4), after getting over the finishing line in the Chichester Triathlon  Picture by Chris Hatton

Anna Maruszak (34) from Chichester, pictured with daughter Blanka (4), after getting over the finishing line in the Chichester Triathlon Picture by Chris Hatton

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Chichester’s triathlon series was a resounding success as record numbers took part.

More than 600 competitors took part in the Nature’s Way-sponsored series over the weekend.

Some 440 adults got involved in Sunday’s triathlon and try-a-tri, including a record-breaking 27 teams. Chichester Westgate Triathlon Club took many of the winning titles, while Wright Tri shone with their club representation.

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Chichester Westgate Triathlon Club (CWTC) took both the Olympic-distance titles. Mary Campbell won the women’s Olympic-distance title with a time of 2hr 13min 09sec.

Taking the men’s title was 16-year-old Harry Pink, with a time of 2.05.06. This is the first time that a CWTC member has claimed the male title and that a club have taken both titles at once.

The sprint-distance titles for the try-a-tri event were taken by Harry Leleu with a winning time of 1.21.17. He is also a member of Chichester Westgate Triathlon Club. Emma Deane took the women’s title with a winning time of 1.31.30.

Junior aquathon numbers shot up to 183, seeing this popular event increase in numbers from last year.

Cllr Eileen Lintill, cabinet member for leisure, wellbeing and community services at Chichester District Council, who organise the events, joined Cllr Martyn Bell, chairman of the council, in presenting the awards.

“It’s great to see this sporting event continue to grow in popularity,” said Cllr Lintill.

“What’s wonderful about this year is the range of ages and abilities of those taking part. From solo competitors, to teams, and the continued success of the youth aquathon, this event is really offering the diversity we strive for.

“I would also like to thank all of those that supported the event, including our main sponsor Nature Way Foods and our other sponsors the University of Chichester and Global Scaffolding.

“It’s also very important to thank all of the volunteers, who did an outstanding job and are key to making this event happen.”

The district council is now looking forward to the reaminder of a busy summer of local sport.

They are staging football and rugby in the community courses across the district, while Westgate Leisure will have a number of courses to keep the children busy.

The council will be holding their popular free Get Active festival in Oaklands Park on Sunday, September 7, between midday and 4pm.

Later in the year, there’s the Chichester Half Marathon on Sunday, October 12.