Pedalcover Slateman Triathlon report

Great racing at the 2017 Pedalcover Slateman Triathlon saw Paul Hawkins and Alice Jenkins take the two day 'Savage' challenge honours

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Crowds Treated to Spectacular Racing Action at the 2017 Pedalcover Slateman Triathlon

Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st May saw over 1,600 triathletes, and thousands more spectators from across the UK attend ‘one of the best races in the world’; the seventh 2017 Pedalcover Slateman Triathlon in Llanberis, North Wales.

Slateman Triathlon 2017


Sprint Distance

The thrilling action kicked off on Saturday with the shorter distance sprint race. Pencoed Triathlon Club (and original Cardiff Triathlon winner) Tom Nesham claimed first place in the men’s race with a time of 01:11:27, ahead of a closely fought fight for second place. Paul Hawkins narrowly beat Richard Straughan, with a time of 01:13:07.

In the women’s race, Wakefield Triathlon Club’s Rebecca Lodge won with a time of 01:23:20, almost three minutes ahead of AquaSphere’s Alice Jenkins (01:26:41). Helen Talbot rounded off the top three with a time of 01:29:19.


Full Distance

Sunday brought with it the full distance of the Slateman and the conclusion of the Slateman Savage. In the full distance, the men’s race was won by an on fire Lewis Eccleston who completed the course in a time of 02:28:18. Peter Brook followed less than a minute later with a time of 02:28:59, and Paul Hawkins, who was competing in the weekend-long Savage, finished third.

The women’s full race was also a closely fought contest, but Tri-Anglia’s Beck Schofield emerged victorious exactly a minute ahead of Premier Tri’s Olivia Matthews with a time of 02:52:54. Savage competitor Alice Jenkins completed the podium with a time of 02:54:18.

Slateman Triathlon 2017

Slateman Savage

The weekend long Slateman Savage concluded on the Sunday with Slateman regular Paul Hawkins claiming the top spot ahead of second place Richard Straughan and third place Paul Savage. The women’s Savage race was won by AquaSphere’s Alice Jenkins. Rebecca Lodge and Helen Talbot finished second and third respectively.

A packed event village and finish line greeted the competitors at the race’s end, with a mixture of sunny weather and bustling atmosphere attracting visitors and spectators from far and wide.

Slateman Triathlon 2017

Adam Lemalle from Always Aim High said of the event: “Over 1,600 competitors took part in the 2017 Pedalcover Slateman making it one of the biggest yet, not just in terms of competitors but as an all round experience for spectators as well.”

“We’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who took time out of their schedules to come and help marshall the event, and to everyone who came along to cheer on the triathletes at the event village in Llanberis and along the cycle and run courses, the atmosphere in the town and event village has been electric all weekend. And thanks of course, to all the competitors who took part over the two days.”

Entry to the 2018 Pedalcover Slateman Triathlon will open at noon on Monday 22nd May for 10 DAYS ONLY at 2017’s prices. This will be the lowest possible price race entry for next year – when it’s gone, it’s gone. Visit to find out more.

Images from the 2017 Pedalcover Slateman Triathlon can be viewed and purchased at Full race timings for the sprint and full distances can all be found at

Pedalcover Slateman Triathlon 2017 results:

Sprint Distance – Men

1st: Tomos Nesham: 01:11:27
2nd: Paul Hawkins: 01:13:07
3rd: Richard Straughan: 01:13:20

Sprint Distance – Women

1st: Rebecca Lodge: 01:23:20
2nd: Alice Jenkins: 01:26:41
3rd: Helen Talbot: 01:29:19

Full Distance – Men

1st: Lewis Eccleston: 02:28:18
2nd: Peter Brook: 02:28:59
3rd: Paul Hawkins: 02:29:48

Full Distance – Women

1st: Becky Schofield: 02:52:54
2nd: Olivia Matthews: 02:53:54
3rd: Alice Jenkins: 02:54:18

Savage Distance – Men

1st: Paul Hawkins: 03:42:55
2nd: Richard Straughan: 03:50:29
3rd: Paul Savage: 03:55:06

Savage Distance – Women

1st: Alice Jenkins: 04:20:59
2nd: Rebecca Lodge: 04:26:49
3rd: Helen Talbot: 04:34:58

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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