Nearly 200 athletes swim, cycle and run in Midsomer Norton Triathlon
Athletes did not just hit the streets of Midsomer Norton on Sunday but also the pool and the pedals as the town hosted its annual triathlon.
There were nearly 200 competitors on the day, with top spot after the 400m swim in South Wansdyke Sports Centre, 25k cycle ride and 5.5k run going to Keith Penny of Frome Tri Club.
He held on in an extremely close-fought finish to cross the line in 1hr 14mins 26secs, just four seconds clear of runner-up Nick Buss from Wickwar. Westbury’s Adam Wells was third in 1:14:44.
The ladies’ race was won by Hot Chilli Triathlete Vicky Plummer in 1:25:04, followed by Bristol & District’s Nicky Russell in 1:27:13 and third-placed Caroline Gentry from Exeter Tri Club, who clocked 1:28:50.
The men’s team honours went to Frome Tri Club, while the women’s accolade was won by Bristol & District.
There were also age group prizes on the day, with 15-year- old Harry Coomber of Radstock – the youngest competitor in the event – finishing second to Oakhill’s James Williams in the under-17 category.
The most senior triathlete was 72-year-old Barry Denning, a regular participant and winner of the M70 category.
Keynsham Rotary Club members marshalled the event to ensure it ran smoothly, with race organisers donating £250 to the club for the charity Children’s Hospice South West.