The Commonwealth Games Triathlon was held today in Strathclyde Country Park in North Lanarkshire. It was a beautiful and sunny day with temperatures at over 23c. There was a large crowd of people in the park well before the Ladies Race started at 11.00 and finished around 13.30.
The triathlon involved a swim of 1500 metres, a bike ride of 40 kilometre and a 10 kilometre run. The swimming part was held in the Loch which has had special filters installed to prevent infection to the swimmers.
The bike ride was round the road surrounding the park, which was pretty tough because it does have a few steep hills which can tire riders out quite quickly - I know this from experience!
The winner of the Ladies event was Emma Stimpson, with Kirsten Sweetland second and Vicky Holland third.
Women's Race Photos
|Cycle event. Winner Emma Stimpson is third left|
|Second overall, Kirsten Sweetland leads the bunch|
|Third overall, Vicky Holland|
|Kate McIlroy and Kirsten Gentle|
|The main bunch|
|Fabienne St. Louis of Mauritius|
Unlike the women's race, where there were no Scottish competitors, there were three in the men's race. This gave the crowd an incentive to cheer on their countrymen but they cheered all the competitors in equal measure to help lift them. Alistair Brownlie was first, Jonathan Brownlie was second and Richard Wilson was third.
|Race favourites Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee of England|
|Brownlee brothers and Marc Austin of Scotland|
|Grant Sheldon of Scotland leads this bunch|
|Jason Wilson (L) and Kyle Jones|
|Christopher Walker at 47 was oldest competitor|
|Youngest competitor, Harry Spiers|