More than 800 competitors descended on Grosvenor Park on Sunday (June 8) for the 2014 Deva Triathlon, British Triathlon’s Event of the Year.

Spectators lined the pathways in the park and the Groves to watch the competitors as they took on the 1500m swim in the River Dee, followed by a 40km bike through Handbridge, Rossett, Farndon and Aldford, and a 10km run through the Meadows and along the Groves.

The event was once again a qualifier for the Age Group World Championships, which will be held in Edmonton, Canada, in September this year.

The race’s reputation for high quality organisation once again attracted competitors from all over the UK, including the overall winner, James Travers from Guernsey Triathlon Club.

 

He finished in 1.59:34, just three seconds ahead of Chris Standidge from Torq Triathlon, with Iain Roberston, also from Torq, in third place in 1.59:53.

It was also close in the women’s race, with winner Sarah Lewis from Fulham finishing in 2.12:22, ahead of Becky Schofield of Tri Harder (2.12:50) and third placed Hannah Lord (2.15:32).

Other age group winners, who will also qualify for Canada were: M17-18 Thomas Garbett; M19 Angus Smith; M20-24 Ross Landon; M25-29 James Travers; M30-34 Alex Foster; M35-39 Chris Standidge; M40-44 Martin Jessup; M45-49 Stephen Stoneman; M50-54 Andy Bourne, M55-59 Michael Derrane; M60-64 David Walton; M65-69 John Burnham; M70-74 Bill Shackloth.

Women’s winners were: F20-24 Hannah Lord; F25-29 Laura Pankhurst; F30-34 Sarah Lewis; F35-39 Louise Croxon; F40-44 Mel Barlow-Graham; F45-49 Karen Bridge; F50-54 Ruth Isaacs; F55-59 Rachel Ward; F60-64 Joanne Baker; F65-69 Sandra Abrams. Chester Tri competitors Bethan Hughes and Paul Hancock were two top local athletes, finishing second and third respectively in their age groups.

Competitor, Graham Hodges said: “I’ve participated in many triathlons throughout the UK and overseas but I can’t think that I have ever attended such a well organised, friendly, welcoming and encouraging event.  Without doubt the venue is pretty special with a course that is full of character. The knowledge, attitude and helpfulness of organising staff with such an amazingly friendly team of supporting volunteers made this event very special for me. I will certainly be recommending it to others as an outstanding event and a must do for all triathletes.”

Possibly competitor with the most to celebrate was first-time triathlete John Etherington from Buckley.

He was competing in his first triathlon and finished in 3.33:28, and also won the race raffle. He won a pair of flights to Paris, donated by Tri us 4 Travel, plus £300 towards accommodation and expenses, which he plans to use to celebrate his 70th birthday next month.

The next Chester Triathlon Club  event is the Dee Mile swim, which sees swimmers race over 2km from the Red House to Queen's Park Suspension Bridge. This takes place on Saturday, June 21 at 5.30 pm and spectators are welcome.

More details and race entries are available here.