The Yorkshire Triathlon 2011 Results
Lisa Purcell (first ever Olympic) and Steve Clark unable to race on the Sat at Dambuster because of work decided to give Wakefield Triathlon a go
It’s great to see the re-introduction of the famous triathlon at pugneys formerly the National Champs venue, Pacesetter events decided to stop hosting the event back in 2008.
Set in the beautiful Pugneys Park near Wakefield the swim is in the vast 100 acre lake used for water sports and a great opportunity to swim in open water. The bike takes you through some superb Yorkshire countryside and the run is an off road run around Pugneys Lake. Set minutes from the M1 the triathlon is easily accessible from all corners of Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and the East Midlands. The park is a great place to bring the family as there are many vantage points to watch the swim and run.
It’s good to see a major events company setting up local events in this area, something that has been missing since the national champs was switched!!
The course is a beast with Steve and Lewis laughing at people before the race as everyone seemed to have road bikes except Steve and Lisa, we both was thinking nice one we will pass loads of people on the bike leg. We were wrong as soon as you set of on the bike the climbs begin, with 7 climbs in total adding up to over 2500ft of climbs.
The 10km 2 lap run is also hilly only 2 hills but both rises are over 100ft. This is defiantly a tough course but we both said we would both be back next year and that steelman next week will be easy compared to this. (YES IT WILL LISA FLAT AS).
Here’s how we did
Lisa Purcell 3rd in her cat 59th overall
Steve Clark 2nd overall, 1st in cat