If you ever wondered why it’s called the “Surf Challenge” triathlon the event yesterday will have enlightened you! For the 25th Silver anniversary this amazing event delivered action, rescues and some stunning performances that wil stick in the memories of everyone participating. A special thanks to the marshalls and water cover provided by the RNLI and Perranporth Surf Lifesaving Club for keeping everyone safe!

Click here to view the albums for each of the race sections!

Perranporth Triathlon 2012

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They came, they swam, they ran and they cycled – and the sun shone! Some cracking shots coming soon …

St. Mawes Nearwater Triathlon 2011

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Perranporth Triathlon 2011

Well – this year’s triathlon was a first! Extreme winds and churning seas meant that the cycle leg had to be cancelled for safety reasons and the swim turned into a wade. There was no doubt in the organiser’s mind that safety had to come first and anyone there on the day will, I’m sure, have supported the decision.

But cancellation wasn’t an option. To make sure that the words “challenge” and Perran Tri remain synonymous the event started with a gruelling beach run of around 2 miles over the windswept cliff path to Perran Sands, followed by a strength sapping wade through mountainous seas back to the transition zone. Then, just for good measure, a “jog” to Penhale Sands – at least another 4 miles of leg sucking sandblasting action in high velocity winds before that final dash to the finish line.

Check out the images of the action here!

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Perranporth Youth Aquathon 2011

In what was perhaps the most challenging conditions yet in the history of this event, a hard-core group of 7 -15 year old athletes took on the thundering surf at Perranporth and followed that with a tough race along and around the beach to cross the finish line and turn in some quite amazing performances.

Setting off in three waves, boys and girls combined battled it out and in another first for the event, it was a young lady from Gyllyngvase Surf Lifesaving Club that crossed the finish line in first – surely a young woman to watch for future events!

Photos of all the action can be found by clicking here!

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