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Chester canoeist triumphs in team triathlon

A member of the Chester Canoe Club has played a key part in setting up his team’s title win in this year’s Dyffryn Conwy Mountain Triathlon.

Colin Cartwright, 35, took his team in to the lead in the first leg of the race. In contrast to the more mainstream triathlons, canoeing replaces the swimming event, hill running takes the place of road running and mountain biking is preferred over the usual road racing as the last event.

Taking up 13 kilometres of the Afon Conwy, Cartwright left it late to take his win, allowing his team members to carry the CT&C Team to victory in the other legs.

After the kayaking, the teams have to complete a 13 kilometre fell run followed by 18 kilometres of mountain biking.

Fell runner Tim Watson placed fifth in his race before Clare Dallimore finished fourth in the mountain bike race. The trio’s combined time over the entire course totalled 3 hours, 13 minutes and 51 seconds.

Cartwright came back from an early second place in his marathon canoe; possibly more used to Chester canoeing on the waters of the local River Dee. He showed his form on all waterways to clinch a victory in his first triathlon, however.

With the start of the wild water racing season approaching, Cartwright will be hoping for more success. The European bronze medal winner and Great Britain champion is looking forward to it too, particularly as he seems to have hit his best form at the right time.