Somerset RC Tri club’s annual event, officially The Francis Clark Taunton Deane Aquathon, was held in Wellington at the weekend for the twelfth year in succession. The Aquathon started and ended at Wellington Sports Centre with more than 100 athletes competing from around the region.
The event involved two of the triathlon’s disciplines – swimming and running. Competitors could choose between the short course – 500m (20 lengths) swim followed by a 5km run – or long course – 1000m (40 lengths) swim and a 10km run – along routes through Tonedale, Linden House, Runnington and Holywell Lake.
Two young athletes – Florence Swan and Chris Rogers (West Country Tri Athletes) – both recorded the fastest times over the short course; Veteran Matt Newman (Bristol and District Triathletes) won the men’s long course event and Hannah Taunton finished fastest in the female long course race. Somerset Road Club’s Ollie Burrows was the highest placed local athlete in overall 3rd position over the long course.
The Taunton Deane Triathlon, over the same course in Wellington on 15th May, is now open for entries. More information can be found on http://www.somersetrctri.co.uk/sprint-and-novice-distance-triathlon. Events Director Jo Carritt, said, “Tri events locally are club-run and not for profit. We keep entry fees as low as possible to encourage participation from across the community.”