Home comfort paid off for a local triathlete on Sunday, at the second ever Bassetlaw Sprint Triathlon.
Matt Lloyd, a member of host organisation Bassetlaw Triathlon Club, finished in 1:03:18 – just a year after completing his first triathlon.
His victory at BPL Leisure Centre on Sunday came only one week after he finished the Outlaw Triathlon.
Melanie Hayward put in an impressive performance to win the ladies race (1:06:51).
And the team competition was won by Lync Performance in a course record of 56:12.
Supported by BPL and Bassetlaw Council, the event built on last year’s success.
An army of marshals from the club, family, friends and other local sports clubs ensured the event went without a hitch.
Around 160 first timers took part, along with 80 or so more seasoned athletes.
And spectators were out in force, both at the finish on Valley Road and around the course, creating a great atmosphere.
Entrants had to endure a 400m pool swim, 21km bike ride that went out of Worksop and into the Notts and South Yorkshire countryside, and a 5km run on local pavements.
Organiser Jo Summers told the Guardian she and her fellow hosts were delighted with their second attempt at a major event.
“I’m really pleased with how it’s gone,” she said.
“We’ve had over 200 triathletes take part, over 150 of those in their first triathlon or in their first season.”
“The feedback we’ve had has been really good, they’ve enjoyed the event.”
A strong showing in 2013 allowed organisers to replicate the route the event took.
Summers added: ““It was a success last year, we had good feedback on the course so we kept it the same – that meant that people could come back and try and better their time.”
Andshe lauded the help of those who staffed the event.
“We had about 70 volunteers, some of them out since 4am doing course signage,” she said.
“We had support from other clubs like Worksop Harriers.”
“We couldn’t do it without the volunteers.”
Guardian sports editor Graham Smyth was one of those returning to tackle the course for the second year running.
He congratulated the club on another successful race.
“Just like in 2013, the organisers and marshals did everything in their power to make it an enjoyable and fun event for the triathletes,” he said.
“The atmosphere was fantastic, especially at the finish, and the event is a credit to the district, and the sport of triathlon.”
Bassetlaw Triathlon Club, who began life in the wake of the London 2012 Olympics, want to welcome newcomers to the sport and more information is available on their website at www.bassetlawtriclub.co.uk.
Entrants in Sunday’s race can download photos from the club’s FLICKR page.