Third Time Win In Tresco Triathlon

Dame Judi Dench starts the race with Robert Dorrien Smith's grandson Xan. Photo by 'ScillyGirl'

Dame Judi Dench starts the race with Robert Dorrien Smith’s grandson Xan. Photo by ‘ScillyGirl’

Yesterday’s Tresco Triathlon was won by Graham Clegg for the third time in a row. And he’s shaved 24 seconds off his 2013 time.

Graham, who manages the Island Bike Shop, finished the swimming, cycling and running challenge in 1 hour, 9 minutes and 40 seconds. In second place, 1 minute 40 seconds behind was James Stedeford. Andrew King took third in 1 hour, 12 minutes and 21 seconds

Alison Stedeford was 10th overall and the first woman home in 1 hour, 18 minutes and 13 seconds. That’s around 90 seconds faster than last year. Helen Pearce came in next at 1 hour, 22 minutes and 40 seconds and Jolene Williams was third woman back at 1 hour, 25 minutes and 43 seconds.

Actors Judi Dench and James Cordon watched the 80 competitors launch into the water at Old Grimsby. Dame Judi shared the starting air horn with Tresco Estate owner Robert Dorrien Smith’s 3-year-old grandson Xan.

It’s the last year that the two main organisers will be running the event. James Druce is leaving to study medicine and Pete Marshall is taking up a new job on the mainland.

But James says there’s plenty of life left in the triathlon and other members of the Tresco team will take up the baton next year.

The event has developed from just 30 competitors in 2010 to the 80 who started yesterday. And James says feedback from the competitors suggests this year was the “best ever.”

He says the event is possibly nearing capacity now, with the swimming getting a bit crowded, but competitors tend to spread out a bit more once the cycling and running gets underway.

The tide times this year meant organisers faced a tough decision about whether to hold the triathlon in the morning or afternoon.

In the end, they decided on a 10.30 am start and James says that earlier time worked well, with good coordination with the boatmen and plenty of time to relax afterwards at the New Inn.

The event supports Cancer Research UK.