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HaverTri excels in 2017!

More than 160 athletes swam, biked and ran round Haverhill as the town hosted its fourth triathlon festival on Sunday (1 October).

HaverTri – the Adams Harrison Triathlon Festival, returned for 2017 at Haverhill Leisure Centre, with 164 competing across triathlon (swim – bike – run), duathlon (run – bike – run) and aquathlon (swim – run), with latter welcoming athletes from as young as eight years old.

Again held in aid of Haverhill Scouts and Guides’ new building fund, the races saw athletes from across the region enjoying a cycle course that went out through Steeple Bumpstead, Stambourne, Ridgewell and Sturmer, and then a run course that went out to Sturmer and then returned on Haverhill’s old railway line walk.

The Sprint distance triathlon (swim 300m, cycle 22km, run 6km) was won by Matthew Field in one hour 11 minutes 12 seconds, with Sarah Osborne the first lady home in 1.24.09. Tony Heather set a new course record to win the Sprint+ triathlon (double the distance) in 2.00.29, while Dianne Hughes was the first woman finisher in 2.50.32.

Craig Stewart was first home in the Sprint duathlon in 1.36.41, with Louise White the first lady to cross the line in 1.44.04. Ady Frost won the Sprint+ duathlon in 2.41.09.

HaverSports director Jack Tappin said: “It’s great to see that the appetite for multisport in Haverhill remains strong, and we continue to get a good turnout for this end of season tri. Hopefully we’ll continue to grow and welcome more athletes to an even bigger and better race in 2018, but before then we hope these athletes will join us in Moreton Hall on Sunday 29 October for our inaugural St Eds Running Festival.”

Rhodri Rees, senior partner at event sponsor Adams Harrison Solicitors, said: “We’re pleased to have continued our sponsorship of this event and to show Adams Harrison’s backing for both sporting events and building the communities in which we work in. We had six of our staff competing in a couple of relays teams, so it was also a great opportunity for them to get involved with the event too.”

1st Haverhill Scouts group leader Duncan Batty added: “Scouting and guiding are about getting involved in your local community, and our volunteers at this event showed just how we can support Haverhill. With so many young people getting involved in scouting in the town, it’s important that we’re able to improve our facilities to accommodate them, and events like this go some way to helping us to realise the funds needed to achieve that.”

You can get full details on St Eds Runs – the Unique Bars Running Festival and enter by clicking here.

To see the full race results, click here.