ORGANISER Tim Armit is hopeful that the St Annes Triathlon is back to stay after this year’s survived the most dreadful weather.
Around 400 committed competitors defied hail, driving rain and howling winds to complete the three-discipline event, based at St Annes Pool.
Serious thought was given to cancelling the children’s cycling, but this went ahead with 116 children completing the event.
The adult triathlon consists of a 400m swim, followed immediately by a 12-mile cycle and a 600m run.
The children complete different distances, depending on age.
The overall winner was Ian Roberts in 59 mins, 22 secs. The first lady was Louise Kelly of the Bolton Tri Club in 67.03.
Armit said: “We had 35mph wins and unbelievably there was only one accident all day. I still had to turn about 50 away trying to enter in the last two weeks.”
Armit reserved special praise for the marshals, saying: “They were amazing coming out in that weather and standing there for five hours. If they hadn’t come out the race would have been cancelled – they are all pretty amazing people.”
Armit is behind a similar event in Fleetwood on September 25.
Other winners – Age 7/8: Emily Jones 11.32; Justin Srivastava 13.01; 9/10: Georgina Denham 21.55; Harri Morris19.22; 11/12: Rhianna Stoves 26.46; Sam Wardle 24.23; 13/14: Robyn Saunders 33.59; Jordan Hull 29.03; 15/16: Florie McLeish 40.14; Bryn Davies 37.25; Junior Adult: Helen Roby 79.06; Thomas Kneller 65.13; Vet: Sarah Gohil 80.26; Andy Bray 62.01; Super Vet: Geoffrey Cumber 94.03