A RECORD 300 competitors will descend on Manley Mere on Sunday for the fifth annual Royles Deva Divas women-only triathlon.
Race organiser Sally Napthen, of the City of Chester Triathlon Club, said: “The emphasis of this race is on fun.
“Many people see triathlon as a sport for those who are super fit but at Chester Tri we are encouraging more and more ladies to start training and take part in achievable, short-distance races. For a high proportion of the competitors, this women-only triathlon of 750m swim, 16k bike and 5k run was their first attempt at such an event.”
Manley Mere was the original venue for Chester Tri’s Deva Triathlon before it moved to its city centre location.
The Deva Divas race evolved within the event and, due to its overwhelming success, finally demanded its own slot in the calendar in 2006.
Napthen added: “Reverting to Manley Mere was an inspired decision, judging by the feedback we have received.”
The success of the event can also be attributed to the support given by Chester Tri in the months leading up to the event. Special training days have been organised where novices could be introduced to disciplines that were in many cases totally new to them – such as open water swimming in wetsuits.
Last weekend witnessed some triathlon action featuring members of Chester Tri. In the Boundary Breeze Sprint Triathlon at Holmes Chapel, prizes were won by Janet Morgan, Sue Ellis, Denise Penny and Dave Press in their respective age categories.
First home for the club in the 750m swim, 14-mile bike and three-mile run was Simon Greenwood in one hour, 10 minutes and 10 seconds. He was followed by Andy Penny (1:17.13), Mike Lee (1:19.28), Dave Press (1:23.22), Sue Ellis (1:23.46), Calire Sutcliffe (1:25.12) and Janet Morgan (1:41.19).
Further afield in Ironman Switzerland (3.8k/180k/42.2), Gill Mead crossed the line in 12:19.06 followed by Keith Robbins (12:33.22), Jan Rogers (12:52.09) and Malcolm Sloane (13:27.09). At Roth over the same distance, Nick Rose came home in 9:42.25 followed by Jill Hulme (11:00.00), Mark Tabor (11:02.44), Steve Eastwood (13:15.44) and Sian Williams (13:41.12).