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Tresco Triathlon success for Noel and Emma

Today's Tresco Triathlon was won by Noel Miles from East Sussex in a time of 1 hour, 11 minutes and 49 seconds.

The first female finisher (and fifth overall) was Emma Lainchbury, who works as a kitchen gardener at Tresco Abbey Gardens, with 01: 22:11.

'Team Douglas/Stedeford' was the first team past the post, comprising Martin Douglas from St Mary's and Bryher locals Alison and James Stedeford.

Winner Noel, a six-time Ironman triathlon competitor, will go on to participate in next week's Otillo Swimrun with his wife Emily, who scored the fastest swim time overall today as part of a team with islander Becky Baldwin. Emily has competed in two Olympics as a member of the British Modern Pentathlon team.

Emily's mum Geri Bright also took part in today's race, finishing in 02:05:51 at the age of 73. She said she was proud to have finished five minutes faster than last year after quitting alcohol for six months and losing a stone in weight. Geri, a former world indoor rowing champion in her age group, added: "I am now sitting here with a couple of drinks, which is glorious!"

Graham Clegg, who won the race four out of the last five years, was fourth this time around.

The Tresco Triathlon, which raises money for Cancer Research UK, began at the Ruin Beach Cafe and consisted of a 0.36-mile swim, a 12-mile cycle (3 laps of the island) and a 3-mile run. Competitors agreed that the swim portion had been particularly tough due to the wind and choppy sea.

Earlier this week, organisers thanked supporters for 'saving our event' after previously posting in April that they had too few entries to stage it. After opening the race up to teams for the first time (with different people doing the swim, run and cycle sections) they ended up with 44 triathletes and 16 teams.

However, there is a possibility that this will be the last Tresco Triathlon due to the difficulties attracting entrants and volunteers to help out this year.

The full results are posted below (click for larger images):

Photos by Jeremy Pearson, Shooting Scilly.


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