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Snowdonia Slateman Success 22/05/2011

The first Snowdonia Slateman Triathlon was a great success judging from comments made by competitors as they crossed the finishing line in Llanberis.

Men's individual winner, Peter Brook, from Chester Triathlon Club, said: "You don't get more beautiful courses than this today. It was stunning despite the wind. Approaching Capel Curig I was doing 38-40 mph on the bike, then I turned on to the A5 and was down to 14 mph because of the headwind."

One competitor from Keighley in Yorkshire commented that he'd never been to such a well organised and marshaled race.

Brook who came in with a time of 2:28:03 had a storming run up through the Dinorwig Slate Quarries overtaking Chris Standidge who'd been faster than him in the bike and swim. The first person to cross the finishing line was local runner Alun Vaughn to win the men's team category, helped to victory by Owain Llyr James (swim) and Gareth McGuinness (bike) in 2:15:25. First in the individual women's event was Carneddau Tri' Club's Rhian Roxburgh in 2:41:59.

A field of over 400 runners, cyclists and swimmers took part in what is the first of a new series of trail triathlons organised by Caernarfon based Always Aim High Events. The event started with the swim in Llyn Padarn and any morning fuzziness would have been quickly cleared by water at a bracing temperature of 10.9 Celcius.

Entrants could compete as part of a three person team undertaking one of the disciplines or choose to do the whole course comprising of a 750 metre swim (or a 200 m swim option), a 51 km road cycle and a 11 km off-road run.

Always Aim High Organiser, Tim Lloyd, said: "It's been an absolutely brilliant day helped by the fantastic efforts of the 75 marshals who volunteered to help out. We'll let the dust settle, see how we can improve it, perhaps open it up to 650 people and we'll be back next year. It's another event that puts Llanberis on the map as the 'unofficial adventure capital' of Britain."

The next event from Always Aim High is the Anglesey Sandman Triathlon on September 18th at Newborough Forest - one to look out for.

Results from today's triathlon can be downloaded here.

Topic: Snowdonia Slateman Triathlon, Events in Snowdonia.

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