Huntsman Triathlon Race Report

Record numbers compete at the Huntsman Triathlon!


This Sunday (11th October) saw the Huntsman Triathlon storm into its second year!


The race was incredibly well received with many competitors complementing the event on the finish line. The positive feedback continued on the organiser's social media sites: “Great event, well run and I loved it”.


The venue for the Huntsman Triathlon – powered by Suunto - is the Hawley Hard training ground situated on the banks of the idyllic Hawley Lake, Hampshire. The area is used to help the Royal Engineers battalion get into fighting fit shape, although on Sunday 11th October it was transformed into an event extravaganza of triathlon!


The Huntsman Triathlon route features an open-water swim in the awe inspiring Hawley Lake, a road cycle around the stunning Hampshire rural countryside and a trail run through the gorgeous Hawley wood surrounding the lake.


On offer at the Huntsman were two different distances – Olympic (1500m/ 47km / 10km) and Sprint (750m / 20km / 5km) which were both enjoyed by over 400 athletes from all across the UK.


Roaring into its second year event the race drew in a record number of triathletes and hundreds of supporters, who rang their cowbells and gave the atmosphere on Hawley Hard a real party feel.


On the racing side of proceedings, the standard of competition was extremely high making the event an action packed triathlon. Alison Wilson who stormed around the course in an impressive time of 02:28:23 won the women’s Olympic distance race. Wilson blitzed the field, which saw Bethan Male finish second and Helen Talbot finish third.


In the men's Olympic it was a case of déjà vu as 2014 champion Colin Dixon regained his Huntsman Triathlon title in an unbeaten time of 02:10:46. Dixon was joined on the podium with Robert Fryer and Erdinger athlete Karl Alexander who finished second and third respectively.  


The other race of the day, the Huntsman Triathlon sprint saw some incredible battles. At the finish line, the glory in the men's race went to 16 year old Alex Deans who set a very fast time of 01:06:11. Deans was joined on the podium with Gareth Sylvester-Bradley (second place) and Tim Wallis (third place)


Rhian Male emerged victorious in the Female race. Although Male was made to work hard for her win as second placed Anna Mcglaughlin pushed her all the way. Male’s time of 01:24:00 was just too quick for Mcglaughlin who finished 17 seconds behind. Alison Housley finished in third place to complete the podium.


Event Planner and Always Aim High Events Director Tim Lloyd was delighted with the success of the Huntsman Triathlon.


“It’s been an awesome day, to see so many triathletes, supporters and families here has been great. The number of triathletes competing this year has grown from the previous year, which shows that this triathlon is gaining momentum, and quick!


The race itself was brilliant with some superb competition. The feedback from the participants, supporters and local community has been extremely positive.


This was AAHE final event of the year and we’ve signed off in style! It’s been a great season and I’d like to thank everyone who has helped to make it our most successful year to date. I’d like to reserve a special thanks to all of our marshals and volunteers who have been incredible throughout the year, without them we couldn’t do it!


I’d also like to extend our thanks to event partners; Suunto, Chain Reaction Cycles, Help for Heroes, Kinetica, Make-A-Wish, Salomon, Kinetica, Aqua Sphere, Superfeet, Amphibia, Pentraeth Group, Kon-x, Erdinger Alkoholfrei and Tri-Topia for all their support in helping organise this event."