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Hanningfield triathlon a winner for Wateraid

22nd May 2019
Posted by Johnny Jenkins

200 participants took their endurance to the limit this past weekend at the sixth annual Hanningfield Triathlon, organised by Essex & Suffolk Water in support of WaterAid.

The event raised around £8,000 for WaterAid’s vital work helping to bring clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene to people around the world.

Tim Hurst finished first in the male standard distance with a time of 2 hours, 3 minutes and 11 seconds, and Debbie Coyle was first for the female standard distance, with a time of 2 hours, 11 minutes and 33 seconds.

The fastest male for the sprint distance was Joshua Leak, with a time of 1 hour, 13 minutes and 53 seconds, and the fastest female in the sprint was Kate Walsh, with a time of 1 hour, 25 minutes and 36 seconds.

Event organiser and Essex & Suffolk Water’s Performance and Process Support Manager, Craig Holliday said: “This year’s Hanningfield Triathlon was another fantastic event, and it was great that all the places were filled in advance. We were also able to raise around £8,000 for WaterAid, which is brilliant news.

“I’d like to thank all of the participants, volunteers and the Blackwater Tri Club for their help and support.”

Christine Mellor, Water Industry Partnerships Manager, WaterAid said: “Huge congratulations to everyone who took part in theHanningfield Triathlon around this stunning setting for WaterAid – a fantastic achievement! The money raised will help support our work improving access to clean water and decent toilets for some of the poorest people around the world, it really will help transform lives.”

Leading fitness and body confidence influencer, Leila Silva (@healthier_leila on Instagram) said: I always dreamed of taking on a triathlon and on Saturday I did exactly that thanks to Water Aid and Essex and Suffolk Water. It was honestly the best time experience I could have ever asked for. I highly recommend Hanningfield for anyone wanting to set themselves a target for a triathlon. I’m already looking forward to next year!

The Hanningfield Triathlon takes place in the beautiful surroundings of Hanningfield Reservoir, which is operated by Essex & Suffolk Water. The cycling and running routes take place in the glorious countryside around the Essex Wildlife Trust visitor centre at Hanningfield and Essex & Suffolk Water’s Cafe on the Water. The swim is a challenging open water course in the actual reservoir – the only time of the year this is allowed due to safety considerations.

Essex & Suffolk Water would like to remind everyone that swimming in Hanningfield Reservoir can be dangerous and is not permitted, except under careful supervision at events such as the triathlon. For more information about safety at reservoirs see