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TRIATHLON: Knutsford Tri Club star celebrates victory at Wilmslow Triathlon, repeating success at inaugural event
KNUTSFORD Triathlon Club member Paul Hawkins saw off close 600 competitors to win the eighth annual Wilmslow Triathlon.
Also a victor in the inaugural event back in 2007, he completed the course in a time of 1:07.07 to take first prize again.
Second out of the water following a 400m swim at the town’s leisure centre, he took the lead during a 24.2km cycle ride and continued to extend it on a 6.3km run to the finish to win by more than a minute.
Lewis Eccleston (Astley & Tyldesley Road Runners) came second in a time of 1:08:48 while Simon Parker (SCARAB Tri Club) secured third position in 1:09:28.
Lucy Scott, also representing Knutsford, put in a superb performance to win in the under 20s women’s age class in 1:21.38. She was third female to finish overall too.
Jonathan Metcalfe was first home in the men’s 35-39 category, placing fourth overall in 1:10:01.
Knutsford Tri’s Claire Hebblethwaite was fifth woman to cross the line in 1:24:00, claiming second spot in the 35-39 age class.
She was followed by Richard Brown in the men’s 35-39 in 1:27:46 with Kate Mills, in the same age category, less than a minute further back.
Tim Walley and Abi Cocksedge both made it home in under one hour and 40 minutes in the 35-39 category, with Philip Crump and Nick McIntosh completing Knutsford’s contingent.
Results Wilmslow Triathon (overall positions): 1. Paul Hawkins (30-34) 1:07:07; 4. Jonathan Metcalfe (35-39) 1:10:01; 53. Lucy Scott (u20) 1:21:38; 73. Claire Hebblethwaite (35-39) 1:24:00; 117. Richard Brown (35-39) 1:27:46; 122. Kate Mills (35-39) 1:28:17; 151. Tim Walley (35-39) 1:30:14; 213. Abi Cocksedge (35-39) 1:33:39; 289. Nikki Chamberlain (40-44) 1:39:27; 351. Philip Crump (50-54) 1:44:16; 495. Nick McIntosh (45-49) 2:03:18.
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