Triathletes Get Tough for Children’s Centre
Sunday 2nd October saw the sun shining for the third annual Granite Mann – the Island's only off-road, triathlon – pass off with great success.
The event, open both to teams and individuals, saw competitors converge on Cringle Reservoir and Plantation to tackle a 400m swim in the reservoir, followed by a 10km mountain bike ride and a 5km run through the rugged trails and tracks of the plantation.
Granite Mann, organised by The Children's Centre, was designed to offer a genuine challenge to elite athletes while also being accessible to multi-sport novices and people of different abilities.
The inaugural event in October 2014 attracted strong support from the Island's athletic community, and this year saw a significant rise in the number of entries, with 28 teams and over 100 triathletes taking part.
The results were as follows:
Solo Men: 1st Ryan Downey, 2nd Ian Brookfield, 3rd Chris Looney.
Solo Women: 1st Nikki Sharpe
Female Team: 1st No Direction (Silla Parnell/Carolyn Brown/Becca Miller), 2nd No More Cake!(Glesni Corney/Claire Heath/Louise Craddock)
Male Team: 1st The Flower Pot Men (Graham Annett/PaulKneen/Tom Cringle), 2nd Isle of Man Fire and Rescue Services (Elliot Moore/Gary Kirby/Gareth Gawne), 3rd Three Little Rascals (Bruce Berry/ Russell Rascal Collister/Paul Rascal Cubbon).
Mixed: 1st 2 Mad Bulls and a Cow (Caroline Helks/Martin Hill/Orran Smith), 2nd Freoaghane Free Riders (lottie Wood/Darren Murphy/Ian Lamberton), 3rd Two Poms & an Aussie (Alan Jones/Troy Thexton/Kerry Beattie)
Full race results can be found at Manx Timing Solutions http://www.manxtimingsolutions.com/Results/EventResultsMain.aspx
All funds raised by the event will go directly to The Children's Centre's many charitable projects and services (Mobex, Out2Play, Child Contact Centre, Community Development and the Community Farm), which make a positive difference to the lives of children, young people and families through the Island.