HUNDREDS of keen athletes turned out for the Chirk Triathlon.
Now in its 22nd year, this year’s race took place at Chirk Leisure Centre and surrounding area, with organisers declaring it a success.
More than 400 people from across the country took part in the gruelling challenge yesterday.
It consisted of a 400-metre pool swim, a 24km cycle ride from the leisure centre out to Glyn Ceiriog and back, then a 5km run on single lane roads towards Halton and back.
Event organiser Kim Norman, from the Wrecsam Triathlon Club, said: “It was a brilliant day and there was a really nice atmosphere.
“There were no incidents and loads of novices took part so there were a lot of lovely first time stories.”
The first swimmers got the event under way at about 8.30am and the last competitor finished around 3.30pm.
Chris Standidge, from Northwich, was the first male to finish the race, and Beth Hughes, who was running for City of Chester Triathlon Club, was the first female entrant to cross the line. Organisers also held a ‘Best local Chirk’ category, which was sponsored by Chirk Town Council.
The race was won by Andy Nash and Tanya Wilson was also first female to finish the race for the second year running. Phoebe Hughes of the Oswestry Olympians Athletic and Triathlon Club was the overall winner of the under-18s category.
Wrecsam Triathlon Club, which runs the event, has praised the support from North Wales Police, Wrexham Council highways and the leisure departments for their continuing support.
The club has also thanked the local air cadets and guides who assisted on the run course and pool respectively.
Over the years the club has made charitable donations in excess of £30,000, including local donations to schools and organisations in Chirk in recognition of the support and help they receive from the local community.