Perfect day for Portsmouth Tri’s Waterlooville Triathlon

Peter Campbell
Peter Campbell
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THE WKB Nissan Waterlooville Triathlon proved a smashing success.

Portsmouth Triathletes hosted the race and 150 competitors took part in near perfect conditions.

Race director Nigel Selley was pleased to see good weather and got lots of good feedback.

He said: ‘We were so happy that the weather was good and the event ran smoothly thanks to our fantastic volunteers and sponsors.

‘It was our biggest field for some years and we have had many positive comments from competitors.’

This year saw the introduction of a sprint distance event which was a 400m swim, 25k bike, and 6k run.

They also had the standard distance race of 600m swim, 40k bike and 10k run.

Both distances had many hills on the bike and run section before the finish line at Waterlooville Leisure Centre.

Portsmouth Triathletes club member Peter Campbell took the honours by finishing first in 1hr 50min 54sec.

One of the top performances of the day was from Portsmouth Tri’s Ali Wilson who recorded a time of 2.00.48 to finish first female and third overall

Petersfield Tri’s Roy Matthews, who finished in 2.04.04, and Kirsty Shannon, with a time of 2.18.57, won the top veteran prizes, while Henry Parry took the junior title in 2.01.51 and was fourth overall.

In the sprint competition Duncan Allan placed first in 1.19.56 with Rupert Rhodes (Portsmouth Tri) just behind in 1.20.20 to claim second and first veteran.

Natalie Louise Ridout was first lady in 1.29.48 and Vivied Geary won the female veteran category with a time of 1.37.34.

More than 60 Portsmouth Triathletes took part and 65 volunteers helped organise and marshal the event, sponsored by WKB Nissan, HorizonLeisure and Alexandra Sports.

Now the focus switches to the Portsmouth Triathlon on Sunday, September 18.

Selley added: ‘We are looking forward to the club’s first sea swim, closed road triathlon that finishes in front of Southsea Castle.’

For details see Portsmouth Triathletes’ website or email