The sun managed to fight its way through at North Dock, Llanelli and shone on a packed weekend of triathlon and multi-sport activity organised by Healthy Life Activities.
Friday evening saw 200 swimmers take part in the annual Sospan Charity Swim which this year, raised money for the Nathan Ford Fund.
On Saturday, British Triathlon hosted a leg of their Super Series with junior, senior and paratri athletes competing.
Those events whetted the appetite for what was, in our opinion, the main event of the weekend: Stage 1 of our Welsh Triathlon Super Series. This race saw 287 athletes compete over a sprint distance.
In the men’s race, Jack Southam from North Dock Dredgers was first out of the water, 28 seconds ahead of Bleddyn Edwards from Rhondda Tri Club in 2nd place. Eventual race winner Guto Morgans from Carmarthen Triathlon Club came out of the water in 7th place but had a storming bike leg which saw him take the race lead.
Another impressive bike leg saw overall bronze medallist Luke Richards from Rhonndda Triathlon Club rise up the placings from 21st after the swim. The silver medal went to Iwan Jones from Total Tri Training. Oliver Webb of Cardiff Triathletes had the fastest run time of the day with 17:57 but narrowly missed out on the podium, finishing in 4th place.
In the women’s race, Eloise Crowley from Cardiff Triathletes led the field out of the water with overall silver medallist Paige Horsnell of Rhondda Tri Club close behind.
Eventual race winner Carys Mai Hughes from Heathwood Triathlon Club had a great bike leg with the fastest time of 46:20, 2 minutes faster than Paige Horsnell. The fastest run of the women’s race also went to Carys Mai Hughes which made it impossible for her to be caught by the rest of the field and she won the race in a time of 1:21:49, over 2 minutes ahead of Paige Horsnell in 2nd place. Princess Shaddick from Swansea Vale Tri Club finished in 3rd place.
A special mention has to go to the two youngest athletes, 17yr olds Dominic Davies and Sean Petty who put on outstanding performances against the adults in the field, finishing impressively in 5th and 7th places respectively overall.
Scores could not be tighter after stage 1 within the team competition. Cardiff Triathletes sit top of the table after the opening weekend, with a total if 421 points, but Celtic Tri are hot on their heels, only 1 point behind in second place. A solid Start from NEWT sees them in third place on 397. Port Talbot harriers will be looking to climb the table, they sit in fourth on 380 points but will be well represented at thet TATA steelman for stage 2. North Dock Dredgers completed the top 5 with a total of 355 points, a point ahead Tri Potential. Last years champions, GOG Tri find themsleves in 13 position with 209 points thanks to their three competing athletes.
A full list of results from stage 1 of the Welsh Triathlon Super Series at Llanelli can be found by clicking here.
We look forward to seeing you all at the TATA Steelman, stage 2 of the Super Series on Sunday 12th June. For further information on the WTSS, click here.
Stage 1 of the Welsh Triathlon Super Series will be televised on S4C on 1st July 2022 at 8:00pm
Stage 1 Overall Results
1st Guto Morgans 1:12:00
2nd Iwan Jones 1:13:13
3rd Luke Richards 1:13:29
1st Carys Mai Hughes 1:21:49
2nd Paige Horsnell 1:24:29
3rd Princess Shaddick 1:25:00
Leaderboards of Categories after stage 1 can be found here.
*Leaderboards are accurate at time of going to press. Any ammendments made to the final results by the event organisers will be ammended for stage 2.