Sunday 25 June saw a record number of competitors and thousands more spectators descend on an initially wet Cardiff Bay for an action packed, sell-out Cardiff Triathlon.
A record breaking 1,400 triathletes kicked off proceedings in the waters off Cardiff Bay with three distances on offer – Olympic, Sprint and Super Sprint. This was followed by bright and sunny conditions for the British Triathlon Elite races later on in the morning.
A first for the Cardiff Triathlon was the British Triathlon Elite races. The organising team at Always Aim High Events noted that these races were packed with scintillating and incident packed racing from front to back and were broadcast live online via Welsh language channel S4C. Two-time World Triathlon Champion Helen Jenkins was on hand to kick off proceedings, as well hand over the £10,000 in prize money to the podium finishers.
In the Elite men’s distance, the racing at the front of the pack was incredibly close with Adam Bowden emerging on top after a strong run leg ahead of TriUK’s Chris Perham and Iestyn Harrett. A similar scenario developed in the Elite women’s race, with Leeds Triathlon’s Beth Potter, Julie Nimmo and Yonda Racing’s Bronwen Owen trading places throughout the race. In the end, Beth crossed the line at the end of a thrilling race in first place ahead of Julie in second, and Bronwen in third.
A spokesperson for Always Aim High, the organiser of the Cardiff Triathlon said, “It was incredible to see so many people turn out to either take part or support the triathletes at the Cardiff Triathlon! The weather offered a challenging spin on this fast race, with rain showers giving way to warm and breezy conditions – making the ground greasy under wheel and foot.
“The British Triathlon Elite races provided a thrilling conclusion to an already exciting race day, and thousands turned up at the finish line in Cardiff Bay to watch the action live on the jumbo screen.
“We’d like to thank Cardiff Triathlon partners Suunto, Pedalcover Insurance, HIGH5, Aqua Sphere, Zoot and Superfeet and Cardiff Council & Visit Wales for their continued support. The Cardiff Triathlon will be back in 2018 bigger and better than ever before.”
Online entries for the 2018 Cardiff Triathlon will open on Monday 26 June at a specially discounted rate which will only be available for ten days.