Organisers pleased with triathlon turnout
HUNDREDS of athletes took on a triathlon in Huish Episcopi at the weekend.
Huish Leisure Centre hosted the 20th annual Langport Triathlon on Sunday, with its first-ever women's only event on Saturday.
Locals and sport enthusiasts from around the south west flocked to the event with 361 people completing the main event, and 103 ladies completing the women's race.
Carrie Wallace, centre manager, said: "It was amazing, it went really well.
"It was the first time we'd ever done the women's and I thought we'd get around 50, perhaps 60 people taking part – I never dreamt we would reach the 100 mark.
"It's amazing to see so many people taking part in sport and I think a lot of people are into triathlon at the moment with the Olympic success of it.
"There are people who come back year after year, and some people stay over the night before in local B&Bs so it's also bringing money into the area, which is really great.
"We're a community sports centre so that's what we're all about really, getting the community together."
Miss Wallace said that the idea for the women's event came after staff were setting up the day before the event last year.
They all decided to have a go at it themselves and then realised that there would be time to stage another event.
Miss Wallace added: "We had such a laugh doing it ourselves but we thought if we had time for another we should go for it.
"A lot of our customers had said they would like to take part but were a bit scared so we used that feedback to give it a go."
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the main event, commemorative mugs were given out to athletes as they crossed the finish line.
Engraved whiskey glasses that marked the milestone were also given to the marshals that helped out at the events.
Miss Wallace added: "The event wouldn't happen without the marshals so we wanted to thank them for coming back each year."