Snowdonia Slateman Tri – A Great Success
Over the weekend, Kinetica made the journey to the beautiful village of Llanberis,”the unofficial outdoor activity capital of Wales” to be part of the Snowdonia Slateman Tri. With 750 competitors and Kinetica there as sports nutrition supplier, it was going to be a truely great event among the slate mines of the village. The event, organised by Always Aim High was a massive success in which they managed to double the amount of entries from last year.
The 2012 Snowdonia Slateman triathlon will live long in the memory of local people, and visitors alike, as Llanberis today (May 20) came out in force to watch what is fast becoming one of Wales’ premier triathlons. The trail triathlon was put firmly on the map in 2011 after scooping one of only 5 nominations for the 2011 British Triathlon Event of the Year and was dubbed an “instant classic” by magazine Triathlete’s World.
The Snowdonia Slateman was launched in May 2011 and has since been acclaimed as one of the most exciting events on the triathlon calendar, this year hosting 750 entrants. With such an exciting event in one of the countries most challenging and beautiful environments, the appeal to new entrants and triathletes from across the UK and Europe was strong, but it was the 2011 winner in the form of Chester’s Peter Brook who once again claimed the spoils in the men’s event this year.
Brook’s club mate Bethan Hughes was a winner in the women’s class, with the sprint races going to Alastair Robertson and Fiona Nesfield.
Under the blue skies, the athletes entered the waters of Llyn Padarn in 4 waves, with swimmers battling for clear water as the racing got underway at 9.30am. Following a swim of 750m, they embarked on a gruelling bike ride of some 51km around the Llanberis Pass and Dyffryn Ogwen, before transiting for a second time in Llanberis and heading off for an 11k trail run in the quarries of Dinorwig and the Parc Padarn undulations.
Unlike in 2011 Brook took hold of the race as they came into Llanberis on the bike leg, exiting T2 with a clear lead, and never really looked back, winning from Paul Mountford, with 2011 runner-up Chris Standidge taking the third place spot.In the ladies race, it wasnt until the last couple of miles that spectators clear of who the winner was as Hughes stormed past Rosmary Byde to take a coveted win, with Sarah Rose in third following a race-long battle between Byde and Rose.
Earlier Alastair Robertson had also dominated the sprint event for men – held over 400m, 20km and 6km – well clear of Rob Hope and Huw Brassington as they sprinted to the finish, with female winner Fiona Nesfield comfortably ahead of Ailsa Orlik and Rachel Massey.
Speaking after the race Brook was effusive about his success, but also about the course and his love of the event:
“The final leg was brutal once again this year, but for me a tough trail run suits my strengths very much. This is best race that I have ever done, the attention to detail on the organisation is just brilliant too and I would love to come back next year for the hat-trick!”.
Speaking about the outstanding success of the 2012 Slateman, Always Aim High Events director Tim Lloyd states:
“We could not have hoped for a better event this year. The weather was perfect, the crowds of spectators in the finish arena were just phenomenal, and it was topped off with some brilliant racing from all of the triathletes taking part.”
“We are proud of our winners today, but we are perhaps most proud of the event that we laid on and are extremely grateful to all of those partners and members of the team who help us make it happen. Special thanks go to Chain Reaction Cycles, Salomon, Kinetica Sports Nutrition, Aquasphere, Surflines, Triathlon Plus magazine and the Welsh Government. Of course Gwynedd Council were instrumental in helping us make things happen once again this year too – there simply are too many people, brands and organisations for me to thank all personally, but would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved in helping us put on this amazing event once again this year.”
Organisers also secured terrestrial TV coverage for the Slateman and Anglesey Sandman events in 2012, with a 30-minute highlights package being produced by top UK adventure sports TV company Dream Team Television – whose work includes the 3 Peaks Race, Cardiff Half Marathon and Ironman Wales – and will be aired on Welsh language channel S4C and Channel 4, on their traditional and highly-popular Saturday morning slot, along with British Eurosport. Numerous international channels in Europe, north America and Asia will also broadcast the event to a potential audience of millions.
The Snowdonia Slateman 2012 leading positions (full course)
1. Peter Brook 2:20:23
2. Paul Mountford 2:24:11
3. Chris Standidge 2:24:57
1. Bethan Hughes 2:51:26
2. Rosemary Byde 2:51:40
3. Sarah Rose 2:54:15
The Snowdonia Slateman 2012 leading positions (sprint course)
1. Alastair Robertson 1:16:09
2. Rob Hope 1:17:45
3. Huw Brassington 1:17:52
1. Fiona Nessfield 1:38:39
2. Ailsa Orlik 1:40:26
3. Rachel Massey 1:44:41
The 2012 Always Aim High Events event calendar kicked-off with The Island Race on Anglesey on May 13, and was followed by the Snowdonia Slateman on May 20, with the inaugural Etape Eryri taking place on Sunday the 17th of June. Entries to these, and all of the 2012 Always Aim High events line-up, are open now via the www.alwaysaimhighevents.com site.