Cain again able in Saddleworth Sprint Triathlon

MARTIN Cain maintained his impressive record in the Saddleworth Sprint Triathlon on Sunday, April 28.

Male winner Martin Cain with OCL’s Zoe Carter and Patrick Wolstenholme

The 43-year-old from Springhead recorded his sixth win in the seven years of the competition.

And this year’s success was extra special for the fireman who is based at Ashton.

Cain said: “I have concentrated more on coaching than competing, though I am still training.

“It was a surprise to win, especially when a couple of young lads turned up. I definitely through this would be the year I would bow out.”

Hundreds turned out to support 294 competitors, young and old, as they competed in Oldham Community Leisure’s popular Milltown Races Saddleworth Sprint Triathlon and the new Saddleworth Junior GO TRI.

Fifty-eight youngsters aged between eight and 14 took part in their event at Saddleworth Pool and Leisure Centre. 

In race one, youngsters aged eight to 10 swam 50m, cycled 800m and ran 400m. Those aged 11-14 swam 200m, cycled 2,000m and ran 1,200m in race two. 

Milltown Races recorded an overall time for each participant, so every child was a winner and received a medal.

Sprint Tri Junior 8-10 year olds (Picture by Darren Robinson Photography)

The adult Saddleworth Sprint Triathlon attracted 154 competitors, who each swam 400 metres and cycled 20k before running 5k, either individually or as part of a team. 

Martin Cain, from Team TriGuru, finished first, in a time of 1:02:08, with Cole Drews, also from Team TriGuru, finished second. Tim Wing was in third place. Team TriGuru, unsurprisingly, won the team event.

The first female across the line was Janet Grint, from Stockport Triathlon Club, in a time of 1:13:52, followed by Kathryn Thomas, from Team Tri Guru, in second and Amy James, also from Team TriGuru, in third. In the team event, team Persuadedtotri were victorious. 

Full details of results and times can be found online:

Kelly Tattersall, race director and OCL’s community and partnership development officer, said: “The Milltown Races Saddleworth Sprint Tri continues to grow each year and is such a friendly and welcoming event for all; we have received amazing feedback from competitors. 

“This year we also introduced a Saddleworth Junior GO TRI, which gave a great family feel to the day; the smiles on the children faces was worth it all.

“A massive thank you to all our volunteers who make sure we can run these brilliant events, safely and smoothly, and to local businesses for supporting us.”

Next up in the Milltown Races calendar is the year’s second Junior Triathlon, set to take place on Saturday, July 6 at Failsworth Sports Centre and the ever-popular Oldham Half Marathon, on Sunday, October 27.

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