TATA Steelman triathlon, which forms part of the Welsh Triathlon Grand Prix series was held at the Eglwys reservoir on Sunday June 2nd in perfect conditions with the swimmers enjoying the tranquil calm water.
Races over Olympic distance and Sprint distance (for Tata employees and contractors) were run together. The Olympic distance men’s event over double the sprint distance was won for the second year by outstanding local triathlete James Hockin in 1:58:43 with Lewis Winfield-Young 2 minutes further back and Rich Brady third.
The ladies’ event was won by Helen Marshall who was tenth overall finisher of a field of 95, followed by Bethan Fowler and Ellie Astins.
The Sprint race was won by Jon Heissig covering 600m swim, 12 mile bike and 3 mile run in a creditable time of 1:14:11. He was closely followed by Anthony Fidow and Luke Morson. The relay race won by team ‘Jacks in Europe’ led by Paul Matthews.
All the athletes commented on the quality of the marshalling, with marshalls turning out early to ensure the event could take place.
The course was hugely improved thanks to Darlow Lloyd’s work and to also thanks to Costain’s for allowing us to use of the PDR road which made the cycle course much more exciting.
Hosts Tata Steel Sailing Club provided the facilities and Aberavon Surf Lifeguards, the safety cover, to make the day a great success.
Next year we would hope to increase employee participation, so you’ve got a year to train. For information on future events and training tips visit our website at www.ts-multisport.com.