GREENFIELD’S MARTIN Cain was a surprise winner of the Milltown to Moors Sprint Triathlon.
The 40-year-old fireman, who was the victor in last year’s inaugural event, admitted he didn’t think he would make it a double.
“This event in now part of the North West Series and looking at the competition in the field, I didn’t expect to win,” explained Martin who had a 25-second margin over second-placed Kyle Clegg, from Denshaw.
Kyle, 17, a member of the British triathlon youth squad, was a major threat as Martin added: “I was nervous he might beat me and it will only be a matter of time before he does. He is one to watch in the future.”
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Martin clocked a time of 1hr 4min and 15sec, slower than last year’s 1hr 1min and 40 sec but attributes that to the weather which he described as “freezing and wet”.
And he says it is a measure of the success of the event that it has been made part of the North West Series.
“It is quite an achievement for a race in only its second year. And being part of the series means it now attracts a stronger field,” he said.
Martin, who coaches at Tri Guru and Total Tri, is delighted to support his local event, which comprises a 400m swim, 20k bike ride and 5k run.
He said: “The great beauty is that I can get on my bike and ride to the start whereas I would normally have to go by car or even plane.
“I mentioned to organiser Alan Keane how nice it is to have an event here. It is certainly a little test given the hills.
“If it was not for the smaller events like this one, which is great for first timers, there would not be the large ones.”
Martin took up triathlon after injuries ended his rugby playing days at Oldham RUFC, and he was looking for another pursuit to stay fit.
He has been North West regional champion three times and is also the course record holder for the Helvellyn triathlon in the Lake District, a record he snatched from Olympic champion Alistair Brownlee.
And the local event must have been a breeze for Martin who has done Iron Man Pro events that comprise a two-and-a-half mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and ending with a full marathon.
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The fastest female finisher was Chorley’s Nicki Rushton, 50, whose time was 1hr 16min and 12 sec. She finished 1min 23sec ahead of runner-up Clare Cusack, from Littleborough, while Greenfield’s Eleanor Cliffe was third.
Bruno Lima, who was taking part in the relay, smashed the course record for the 5k run, that included a one-mile ascent to Knowl Top, with a time of 17min 31sec.
Race director Alan Keane was delighted with the way the day went apart from the weather that he described as “harrowing”.
He also praised the commitment of the marshalls who spent five hours on the course in awful weather saying the support from the community was excellent.
Alan added that it was noticeable there had been an increase in the use of Saddleworth Pool in the lead up to the event including a number who were learning to swim.
“It shows events like this inspires people to take up sport,” he said.
The next event in the Milltown to Moors series in the 7k run that takes place on Sunday, May 15. Entry can be made at www.milltownraces.co.uk