BLUSTERY conditions added to the challenge for those competing in Sunday’s annual Royles Deva Divas women-only triathlon.
More than 200 athletes tacked the testing course at Manley Mere, which comprised a 750m swim, 16k cycle and 5k run.
First out of the water was junior Lois Rosindale who, with an equally outstanding bike performance, put herself way ahead of her nearest challenger, Kelly Crickmore of Chester Triathlon Club.
Rosindale crossed the line in 59 minutes and four seconds, followed by Kelly Crickmore in second (1:06.02). Unattached triathlete Deborah Evans was third in 1:07.26.
Local honours went to Holly Taylor (Chester Tri) who won silver as second senior in an impressive time of 1:09.56, followed by clubmates Kate Litherland (1:15.10), Louise Cooper (1:17.38), Alison Smith (1:18.06), Jackie Negus-Fancy (1:18.49), Beverley Kew (1:19.55), Sally Parkinson (1:19.59), Amy Edwards (1:20.06), Elaine Eatwell (1:20.34), Sarah Quinan (1:20.43), Jackie Fairweather (1:20.45), Carolyn Judd (1:21.41), Jude Lloyd-Johnson (1:22.36), Kim Mason (1:24.46), Angela Green (1:25.26), Lizzy Weeks (1:29.02), Philippa Kelly (1:29.28), Stella Proctor (1:31.26), Diane Duret (1:31.59), Mary Turrell (3rd FV55+ 1:32.45), Claire Back (1:36.04), Sue Hubbard (1:37.29) and Sarah Jane Johnson (1:49.35).
Tattenhall Runners’ Jen Chambers also starred, cutting a nervous figure at the start having never done a triathlon before in her life. She worked hard and looked strong throughout to finish 184th in 1:40.05.