Elmer takes the honours in inaugural aquathlon

Jordan Gustavson (who was placed second in the men's event) coming into the finish watched by several of the event volunteers. Picture by Derek Grant.

Jordan Gustavson (who was placed second in the men's event) coming into the finish watched by several of the event volunteers. Picture by Derek Grant.

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North Shields Polytechnic athletic club’s Tri section organised its first mutli-sports event.

The low key Aquathlon, aimed at those new to multi sports events, consisted of a 250 metre swim followed by a 3k run and attracted 40 members.

Half of those taking part were mostly runners rather than swimmers, with the youngest competitor aged 13 while the oldest were in their 60s.

Tynemouth Pool hosted the event which began at 7am with registration and all competitors were given a Start Fitness goody bag.

Tom Elmer posted the best time of 15.17 for the men, just ahead of Jordan Gustavson (15.31) and Scott Ellis (15.35).

For the women, the best time was Megan Holmes in 17.07, then Kate Dyson (19.24). They were closely followed by Gill Van Der Merwe, Kerry Swindon, Alison Cummings, Angela Green, Anita Attala and Sylvie Heath whose times were all between 20 and 21 minutes.

Race organiser Adam Rowe said: “This was a fantastic event and would not have been possible without the wonderful group of people we have within North Shields Poly and the help we received from Go Tri a BTF program to help organise events and encourage people of all ages to have a go.

“It’s not just for the super fit. They just seem to receive all of the publicity and we hope to change that perception within the Tyne and Wear area.”

The next multi sports event being organised by North Shields Poly is Killingworth Aquacycle on April 19. For further information on this and the Tri group email Adam Rowe via adamrowe182@outlook.com