Veterans win Clitheroe Triathlon

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Local veteran athletes won the Clitheroe Triathlon Relay on Sunday.

The event took place in great conditions, with almost 220 competitors enjoying the sunshine, while taking in some of the most beautiful scenery the Ribble Valley has to offer.

The open relay event was won by NJD Sports Injury Clinic, comprising 69-year-old swimmer Bernard Chatburn, 58-year-old cyclist Nick Dinsdale and 50-year-old runner Shaun Livesey - with the team average age 57!

Former elite swimmer Bernard recorded nine minutes 56 seconds for 16 lengths of Ribblesdale Pool plus transition.

Former national cyclo-cross champion Nick completed the 18-mile cycle ride, which includes the notorious Jeffery Hill in 56 minutes 28 seconds - sixth fastest overall of 220 athletes - and former British fell running champion Shaun completed the 4.1 mile trail run in 25 minutes 32 seconds (ninth fastest overall).

Their combined total of one hour 31 minutes 55 seconds was the fastest relay team and represented the 11th fastest of the day, including the 210 triathletes competing in the open solo event.

The open solo event was won by Josh Hutchinson of the Royal Navy Triathlon Association in a total time of one hour 24 minutes 15 seconds.

The open ladies’ solo was won by Maddy Winzer of Richmond (North Yorkshire) in a remarkable time of one hour 27 minutes 16 seconds, recording the fastest swim time of the day of five minutes 17 seconds.

Maddy, a gold medal winner in the Pontevedra ETU Triathlon European Championships junior mixed relay in 2011, is a member of the UK Sport Lottery-funded British Triathlon Olympic Foundation Squad.

Maddy is preparing for the Rio 2016 Olympics.

Other local athletes that competed in Sunday’s annual triathlon included, in the open solo event, Nicholas Wharf (35th, 1-41-22), Stephen Dent (106th, (1-56-41), Adam Whitworth (176th, (2-24-26) and Dr Michelle Dinsdale (178th, 2-26-31).

And in the relay team event, there was the Karen Wrigley team, Mick Bryan family team and Ralph Baines team.