Dockyard and seafront play host to triathlon

Competitors start the swim in the Ladies Sprint Triathlon. 
Picture: Mick Young

Competitors start the swim in the Ladies Sprint Triathlon. Picture: Mick Young

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HUNDREDS of hardened athletes descended upon Portsmouth to take part in an event that tests your running, cycling and swimming abilities.

Cycle firm Wiggle, along with Portsmouth City Council, hosted the second triathlon to be held in the city.

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Wiggle Portsmouth Triathlon
The effort shows as a competitor heads for the finish.
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141579-15 MY Triathlon Wiggle Portsmouth Triathlon The effort shows as a competitor heads for the finish. Pic Mick Young 31/08/2014 PPP-140831-161140006

More than 500 people pounded the streets of the seafront.

And roads near to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard were closed so cyclists could complete the second element of the challenge, which included passing through the naval base.

Participants took the Solent sea and swam to complete the challenge.

People had the chance to take part in three different levels of the sporting challenge.

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Olympic Triathlon overall winner - Colin Dixon.
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141579-27 MY Triathlon Wiggle Portsmouth Triathlon Olympic Triathlon overall winner - Colin Dixon. Pic Mick Young 31/08/2014 PPP-140831-161345006

The Olympic distance covered 1,500m swimming, 40km running and then a 10km cycle.

The sprint distance was 50m swimming, 20km running, and 5km cycling.

There was also the option to carry out a relay of all three events.

First in the Olympic category was Colin Dixon (pictured), with a time of two hours, six minutes and 37.5 seconds.

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Wiggle Portsmouth Triathlon
Olympic Triathlon relay team winners, left to right, James Faull, Matt Smith and Ewan McIntosh (all 17).
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141579-28 MY Triathlon Wiggle Portsmouth Triathlon Olympic Triathlon relay team winners, left to right, James Faull, Matt Smith and Ewan McIntosh (all 17). Pic Mick Young 31/08/2014 PPP-140831-161355006

Full list of participants in The News today.

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Olympic Triathlon Ladies winner Samantha Rose.
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141579-30 MY Triathlon Wiggle Portsmouth Triathlon Olympic Triathlon Ladies winner Samantha Rose. Mick Young 31/08/2014 PPP-140831-161415006

 

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