The ever-popular Ripon Triathlon once again attracted competitors from across the UK, including a number of Vikings looking to put their mark on the leaderboard.
Hosted by NYP Tri Club, and Freebird Events, the Olympic distance race is one that triathletes look to as an event for all the family, with free entertainment, music and Black Sheep beer available from the main race sponsor!
The race began with a 1500m swim, followed by a 40km bike along a course the race organisers describe as PB worthy, with only one short stretch of undulating roads at Bishop Monkton, and finishing with a flat and fast 10km run a mixture of road and path along the quiet North Yorkshire lanes of Littlethorpe and along Ripon Canal towpath.
Racing from the Vikings team this year were Rob Jamison in the individual event, fresh back from his GB trip, and a Vikings relay team made up of Kath Cooke, Lorna Watson and Susie Foster.
In the relay race, Kath Cooke took to the start line to get things underway, completing her 1500m swim in 34:03. Kath handed off to Lorna on the bike, who pushed on for a time of 01:30:20, before handing over to Susie on the run, who completed her leg in 01:09:16. The Vikings relay team came home in an excellent 03:16:10. Great work ladies!
Rob Jamison was competing in the Ripon race for another year, the race being a favourite for him having entered in years gone by. Rob commented on feeling tired during the race, but that didn’t stop him putting in another great performance with a finish time of 02:21:37. Rob’s splits were 21:18 swim, 01:58 T1, 01:11:05 Bike, 01:12 T2 and 46:05 run.
Ripon Triathlon remains a great all round family event, and will very likely become a regular fixture on the Vikings race calendar over the coming years.