HUNDREDS of athletes descended on Ragley Hall in Alcester to compete in the weekend’s third instalment of the Avenger Triathlon.
Runners were able to choose between three race distances – sprint, Olympic or middle distance – all located within the scenic and historical grounds of Ragley Hall when they competed at the event organised by Raceways Events and Kids Run Free.
The not-for-profit event showcases the very best of the local countryside. Starting with a swim in Ragley Hall lake, the rolling bike course then weaves through the beautiful Worcestershire and Warwickshire countryside before finishing back in the Ragley Hall estate.
The off-road run course consists of a mixture of paths, fields and trails, making it a tough course of varied terrain, and it takes in some areas of Ragley Hall that are not normally open for public access, making it an extremely special route.
Tom Greeves dominated the sprint men’s event, finishing in a time of 1:08:14, over six minutes ahead of second place.
There was a sprint finish for the women’s podium as last year’s middle distance winner Emilie Verroken took first place in 1:14:09, closely followed by Kelly Weall who was only 16 seconds behind in 1:14:25.
In the Olympic race Richard Shephard was the clear men’s winner, finishing seven-and-a-half minutes ahead of second place in a time of 2:16:00.
The women’s race also had a clear winner in the shape of Ali Moult who finished in an impressive 2:35:03.
Jon Mansfield won the middle distance event, less than a minute ahead of second placed Mark Styles in 4:28:43. In the women’s event, Kate McNeill was the clear winner as she finished in 4:48:17, nearly 24 minutes ahead of second placed Claire Murphy, who topped the podium in last year’s event.
Results: Sprint distance: Men – Tom Greeves, 1:08:14; Nicholas McFarlane, 1:14:53; Richard Limbrick, 1:16:10.
Women – Emilie Verroken, 1:14:09; Kelly Weall, 1:14:25; Nicki Osborne, 1:19:44.
Olympic distance: Men – Richard Shephard, 2:16:00; Dale Grassby, 2:23:31; Adam Jackson, 2:24:24.
Women – Ali Moult, 2:35:03; Holly Grundon, 2:44:46; Sarah Gunn, 2:46:11.
Middle distance: Men – Jon Mansfield, 4:28:43; Mark Styles, 4:29:31; Maciej Rakowski, 4:31:10.
Women – Kate McNeill, 4:48:17; Claire Murphy, 5:12:01; Helen Smith, 5:18:00.
If you have been inspired to take part in next year’s event or want to find out more about any of the other events hosted by Raceways Events, visit www.raceways.eu or follow the team on Facebook and Twitter.