Goddard in peak form with victory at triathlon

2987801940Article By Stuart Dunn, Shrewsbury Chronicle
Shrewsbury’s Annica Goddard, a member of town triathlon club SYTri, claimed an excellent victory in the women’s race at the Peak District Triathlon.
Goddard, 36, from Copthorne, clocked an impressive time of 02:26:07, beating runner-up Hannah Bridger by two minutes.
It was the second Peak District Triathlon with nearly 500 athletes from all over the UK flocking to Chatsworth.
 The new run and the amended cycle route with the challenge of the demanding hill were very well received, and the event was hailed a huge success by organisers, athletes and spectators.
 Many athletes were racing for charity, with Macmillan Cancer Support the official charity partner for the event.
The swim took place in the river Derwent, starting from the 18th century Paine’s Bridge.
The new cycle route was a single loop taking in some of the most beautiful scenes in the Peak District, and the run route was amended to include an extra loop beyond the Hunting Tower for the standard distance athletes.
 In the standard distance race, Paul Hawkins clocked the fastest time in the water and kept extending his lead to take the title in a time of 01:56:16.
Runner up Adam Robinson finished in 02:02:24 and his brother, under-20 athlete James Robinson, took third.
Benjamin Goodall of Durham University Tri Club won the sprint race in 01:10:00 while Alice Sharpe of Manchester Triathlon Club defended her sprint title and finished ninth overall in 01:17:59.