Report: The debut of TRY on the Tyne

Here's a report from the debut of TRY on the Tyne which took place on Saturday, organised by Steve Cram and Events of the North

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Managing to avoid the worst of the weekend’s weather, that saw several other events cancelled the debut edition of the Cintra TRY on the Tyne ( took place at NewcastleGateshead Quayside on Saturday.

Launched by Steve Cram’s Events of the North company in April this year, the closed-roads event saw Sprint and Standard Distance Duathlon, 5km and 10km races plus Junior events take place, featuring both banks of the Tyne, utilising the Swing Bridge and the Gateshead Millennium Bridge.

Here’s a report from the first edition – where the Sprint Duathlon event was won by Daniel Dixon, who we featured last week on the site.

We look forward to seeing how the event develops in future years, as talks are already in place to potential turn ‘TRY’ into a TRIathlon

Successful debut for TRY on the Tyne as hundreds tackle new multi-sport event in Newcastle and Gateshead

The first staging of a new summer sports event for Newcastle and Gateshead has been hailed a success. The inaugural Cintra TRY on the Tyne event on Saturday saw hundreds of athletes of all ages tackle sprint and standard distance duathlons (run-bike-run races), 10K and 5K runs, and junior races, starting in Baltic Square in Gateshead and finishing on the Newcastle quayside. TRY on the Tyne was organised by Events of the North, in partnership with Newcastle City Council and Gateshead Council. The councils both backed the initiative as part of a wider push to inspire more people to get active through cycling and running, by bringing an accessible multi-sport event to the quaysides.

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Lining up for the start of the inaugural TRY on the Tyne races

Sponsored by Gateshead company Cintra HR & Payroll Service, TRY on the Tyne featured the first major duathlon (run-bike-run) to use the Tyne and its bridges as a venue, all on closed roads. Competitors in the duathlons set off alongside the 10k and 5k runners with all of the races attracting both regular athletes and beginners to a fast, flat course and an iconic setting. Setting an example was Cintra itself, fielding a large number of athletes in the races, as part of its work to promote healthy and active lifestyles in the workforce. Among them was CEO Carsten Staehr, who completed the sprint duathlon. The morning of races started at 9:00am with a junior 2K race and junior duathlon, while the senior races all set off together at 10:00am.

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Cintra HR & Payroll Services athletes at TRY on the Tyne

Event founder and race director Steve Cram comments: “TRY on the Tyne proved to be an excellent morning of sport in the heart of Tyneside. We’ve clearly demonstrated how multi-sport races can work well in that location, adding an exciting event to the summer calendar. In the context of the weekend, the weather was fairly kind to us and it was great to see both elite and first time duathletes in action, with some enthusiastic backing from spectators. We’re grateful to Newcastle City Council and Gateshead Council for helping us to take the TRY on the Tyne concept and turn it into a successful first event, and to Cintra and other partners for their sponsorship and support. We’ve created an excellent platform that has really exciting potential.” 

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Steve Cram with TRY on the Tyne 10K finishers

The key results in the Cintra TRY on the Tyne races were as follows:

Standard Duathlon


1st – Michael Mason, Durham Triathlon Club – 2:08:36
2nd – Phil Hall, Alnwick & District Triathlon Club – 2:11:44
3rd – Steven Scott, Triathlon England – 2:12:18

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Michael Mason wins the inaugural TRY on the Tyne standard duathlon


1st – Sarah Metcalfe, Durham Triathlon Club – 2:24:18\
2nd – Sophie Marr – 2:40:27
3rd – Emma Dixon, Ryton Tri Club – 2:41:59

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l-r Lord Mayor of Newcastle Cllr David Cook, Sophie Marr, Sarah Metcalfe, Emma Dixon, Cllr Linda Hobson

Sprint Duathlon


1st – Daniel Dixon, Ryton Tri Club – 59:23
2nd – Kieron Mutch – 1:02:23
3rd – Will Dixon, Ryton Tri Club – 1:02:50


1st – Eleanore Nash, British Triathlon – 1:16:01
2nd – Bev Martin, Velo Culture – 1:16:57
3rd – Claire Jackson, One Life Racing – 1:18:41



1st – Matthew Alderson – 33:51
2nd – Jonny Malley, Gateshead Harriers – 36:32
3rd – Matt Walker, Durham City Harriers – 36:50


1st – Danielle Smythe, Heaton Harriers – 37:33
2nd – Lindsay Turner – 44:23
3rd – Abbie Anderson, Chester le Street & District AC – 48:16



1st – Craig Gunn, Sunderland Harriers – 16:33
2nd – Steven Gordon – 18:13
3rd – Silas Christie, Gosforth Harriers – 18:18


1st – Kathryn Stevenson, Tyne Bridge Harriers – 18:47
2nd – Hazelle Webster-Costella, Jarrow & Hebburn AC – 20:08
3rd lady – Diane Vaughan, Quakers Running Club – 22:03



1st – Joe Dixon – 19:21
2nd – Harris Hall – 21:13
3rd – Joseph Lonergan – 22:08


1st (equal second overall) – Millie Breese – 21:13
2nd girl – Amelia Cleathero – 24:46
3rd girl – Ameena Michla – 30:01

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The start of the Junior Duathlon and 2K at TRY on the Tyne

2K Junior Run


1st – Alex Boyer – 7:20
2nd – Sam Mason – 7:33
3rd – Callum Chambers – 8:46


1st – Niamh Lonergan – 9:25
2nd – Isabella Hall – 10:10
3rd – Thea Jeffares – 10:11

For more information about Cintra TRY on the Tyne visit

John Levison
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John Levison
TRI247's Chief Correspondent, John has been involved in triathlon for well over 30 years, 15 of those writing on these pages, whilst he can also be found commentating for events across the UK.


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