EVENT ANALYSIS: Allerthorpe Sprint Triathlon

Sarah Nikki AllerthorpeGoing strong for nine years now, the Allerthorpe Sprint Triathlon is a firm favourite for local triathletes, and often one of the early opportunities to sample open water racing in the triathlon season.

Based at Allerthorpe Lakeland Park, the swim consists of multiple laps of the 400m circuit of the lake, followed by a flat and fast 20km and 5km run. It is an event always seen as a perfect opportunity to notch up new PB’s!

Competing for the Vikings at the event were Sarah Weston, Nikki May and Kurt Haendlmayer.

Sarah Weston AllerthorpeFollowing a weekend cheering on her teammates at the Leeds ITU Triathlon, and putting in some great times to take the lead in the YVTT Summer Run Series, Sarah Weston took to the start line herself. Sarah finished in a fantastic time of 01:22:53, split as a 16:07 swim, 02:14 T1, 39:48 bike, 00:55 T2, and a 23:50 run, finishing 115th overall.

Nikki May had an equally successful race, also making the most of the fast Allerthorpe course, and the favourable weekend weather. Nikki finished the race in 159th place, with an overall time of 01:29:59, split as a 16:06 swim, 01:46 T1, 45:52 bike, 01:21 T2 and a 24:54 run.

Also taking to the start line was Kurt Haendlmayer, who took then men’s race by storm. Kurt finished the race with an 18th place finish overall, 3rd in his age group, in 01:08:14. Kurt ran much better than he expected having treated the bike section as a time trial, and was happy with his run time, having originally targeted 24 minutes. His splits were 12:23 swim, 01:56 T1, 30:14 Bike, 00:51 T2 and 22:50 run.

Fantastic races all round, and 3 very rightly proud Vikings!

Allerthorpe Sprint Triathlon is now firmly placed on the Yorkshire Triathletes calendar, and this certainly won’t be last time the race sees Yorkshire Vikings Triathletes taking their place on the leaderboard.