Another successful event took place on Sunday 2nd April 2017
Dozens of athletes young and old descended on Padiham to test themselves in a gruelling swim and run sporting event. The adults’ aquathlon race took place first where competitors swam 600m at the Padiham Leisure Centre pool before taking on a 5km run on the picturesque Padiham greenway.
The race was won by Florian Boutin who represents Charleville Ardennes Club in France. He just missed out on the course record by a few seconds in a time of 27 minutes and 16 seconds.
The first female to cross the finish line was Laura Lombard representing Bolton United Harriers. She not only smashed the female course record by over 3 minutes, but also finished a magnificent second overall in a time of 29 minutes and 7 seconds.
Then it was the turn of the youngsters, who took part in junior aquathlon events, swimming and running various distances depending on their age.
The 8-9 year olds category was won by Erika Corns of Burnley Athletics club, while the race for 10-11 year-olds was scooped by Maxwell Hereward of Rossendale Harriers for the third year running.
Noah Beale of Calder Valley Fell Runners glided through to take the first place in the 12 to 13 category.
Organiser Garry Stein from Burnley Leisure said the event was once again a swimming success.
He said: “It was a very successful day with more than 80 athletes competing at the event from the age eight and upwards. We saw some good racing and some really good times posted. The sunny weather was perfect for the event like this and we received some good feedback, people really seem to enjoy these events.
“I’d like to thank all the participants who turned up to take part and the volunteers and staff who helped out on the day. The event was truly an excellent start to the new sporting season.”
see full Padiham Aquathlon 2017 results…
Congratulations to all involved and watch this space for next year’s date!
The event involves a 600 metre swim at Padiham Leisure Centre, followed by a 5k run along the Padiham Greenway and is ideal training for triathletes.
Also includes a junior event.
For more information contact Garry Stein on firstname.lastname@example.org