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History made at Chichester Triathlon

History was made at this year’s Chichester Triathlon as a record number of contenders turned out to swim, cycle and sprint their way across the finish line.

More than 350 under 16s took part in the Junior Aquathlon and Triathlon on Saturday (8 July), making it the biggest in the event’s history. Over 900 adults also turned out on Sunday to take part in the 2017 Natures Way Foods Chichester Triathlon Series.

The event has become increasingly popular in recent years, and has seen two record-breaking turnouts since Everyone Active took on its management in 2016.

This year’s Junior Triathlon, which formed part of the Triathlon England South East Series, saw youngsters ages 8-16 competing. In the 9-10 age group category, 10-year-old Freddie Wallis swam to victory in the Aquthlon, while Alex Dack was the first triathlete to cross the line in a time of 15 minutes 40 seconds.

Adults took their turn on Sunday in both Sprint Distance and Olympic Triathlons. The races kicked off in the pool at Westgate Leisure Centre before the athletes set off on a tour of the city via bike and foot.

David Reid finished first in the Olympic Triathlon with a time of just under 2 hours, while Anne Sydenham was the fastest women on the day, crossing the line in two hours, 14 minutes and 22 seconds.

The Sprint Distance event, which formed part of Everyone Active’s South East Triathlon Championship alongside races at its leisure centres in Fareham and Hart, where won by Harry Jones and Trudi Cunningham in the male and female categories respectively. Harry is a professional triathlete from Australia, and took part in the race after competing at the Fareham event. His participation shows the momentum that the series is building as it starts to attract top-class athletes.

Stuart Mills, contract manager at Everyone Active, said: “The day was a huge success and we were delighted to host it for the second year. This is a huge event in Chichester’s calendar, and it was fantastic to see so many people or all ages and abilities getting active.

“Everyone Active’s South East Triathlon Championship aims to provide something for everyone, from experienced athletes to first-time competitors. This year we had a record number of sign ups from people who were new to multi-sport events, and I hope it has inspired them to take part in more activities like this.”

Sarah Baldock, the director responsible for Natures Way Foods’ community programme, said: We have seen this event go from strength to strength over the 11 years it has been running and there’s a flourishing triathlon community in Chichester and across the UK.  We are passionate about the Chi Tri and we remain committed to supporting it for years to come.

For a full breakdown of results from the day, visit www.everyoneactive.com/chichester-triathlon.