FITNESS enthusiasts from across north Wales and beyond contested the Chirk Triathlon at the weekend.

The race, organised by Wrexham Triathlon Club, featured a 400 metre swim, a 15.5km bike ride and a 5km run, all through Chirk and the surrounding areas.

The route this year was slightly cut short by ongoing roadworks in the Ceiriog Valley, but competitors no doubt still found the route to be a challenging endeavour.

Over 400 people took part this year, with Matt Bailey from Speedhub Tri club finishing fastest with a gun time of 46 minutes and eight seconds. Andrew Nash from the RAF finished runner-up with a time of 46:36 and home hero Ben Goodfellow from Wrecsam Tri club rounded out the top three with a time of 46:59.

The fastest woman on the day was Naomi Wright from Manchester Triathlon Club, who finished with a time of 53:31, and Matthew Collins from Oswestry Olympians was the quickest of the under-20s, finishing with a time of 49:16.

Race director, Dan Craigen, said: “The Wrexham Triathlon Club has been going for 22 years and all proceeds go back into the club.

“The Chirk Triathlon is one of the most popular races in the area, over 400 people entered this year. All sorts take part, from amateurs to pros.

“The weather’s been pretty good as well, it was horrific on Saturday! It’s a beautiful bike route though, down to Glyn Ceiriog and back again.

“Lot’s of local clubs are partaking as well and there’s a prize of £200 for winning, which is very hard fought for.”

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