Roberts goes one better to claim St Annes triathlon crown

Competitors take part in the St Annes Triathlon.

Competitors take part in the St Annes Triathlon.

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More than 500 competitors of all ages enjoyed excellent weather and enthusiastic support in the sixth St Annes Triathlon.

The event comprises a swim in St Annes Pool, immediately followed by a cycle ride and a run up to Fairhaven Lake.

Competitors take part in the St Annes Triathlon.

Competitors take part in the St Annes Triathlon.

With roads closed and the sun shining on the flat, straight course, the safe environment provided the perfect introduction to triathlon for the many first-timers.

Newcomers went off first among the athletes from all over the UK who were involved. The smiles as they crossed the line, greeted by music and cheers, was a sight to behold.

Men’s winner Ian Roberts improved on his second place in the Ribby Hall event with an outstanding overall time of 54mins, 47secs, which broke down into 6.05 for the 400m swim, 30.03 for the 12-mile bike ride and a brilliant 18.39 for the 5.4km run.

Ian now leads the Fylde Trilogy series after two events, with the Fleetwood Triathlon to come in September.

Jonathan Ferguson of Rossendale Tri was second in 57.05 and local athlete Andy Bray a strong third (57.23).

Gema Adams of Tri Preston won the ladies’ race by five minutes in 64.42, with Angela Jamieson of Fylde Tri Club coming in a strong second (69.03) to take top spot in the trilogy. Lisa Griffin was third in 69.36.

Over 100 children from all over the North-West enjoyed the event and the rare opportunity to race on roads.

The 16-year-olds went off first, followed by the various age groups down to the seven-year-olds,

The youngest female winner was Natasha Hart of Lytham Road Runners, whose grandfather also competed.

Organiser Tim Armit said: “It was another fantastic day and the event continues to grow each year, and long may it continue.”

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AGE GROUP WINNERS

Age 7: Natasha Hart 12.22; Max Green 11.52

Age 9-10: Olivia Ball 19.29; Ben Wilson 20.38

Age 11-12: Georgia Hawroth 27.46; George Robinson 25.06.

Age 13-14: Anna Hulme 27.11; Ben Livingstone 32:05

Age 15-16: Rachael Vatter 39.09; Ben Singleton 37.47

Age 17-19: Caitlin Fide 89.07; Peter Gaskell 61.37

Over-40: Natasha Sewell 70.05; Mark Livingston 58.28

Over-60: Pauline Mills 92.54; Graham Platte 76.33