QUADRATHLON: Steve King takes World Championship in Brigg

Leader and eventual winner of the Brigg Bomber and World Championship Quadrathlon crosses the Ancholme Leisure Centre bridge. EMN-140106-210558001
Leader and eventual winner of the Brigg Bomber and World Championship Quadrathlon crosses the Ancholme Leisure Centre bridge. EMN-140106-210558001
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Hundreds flocked to Brigg to take part in or watch the Keyo Brigg Bomber World Quadrathlon Championships at the weekend.

Volunteers from throughout the local area lined the route as stewards, as well as assisting competitors.

The event, which featured 100 participants, started and finished at the Ancholme Leisure Centre and involved a 1,500-metre river swim, a 7km kayak, a 38km cycle and a 10km run.

Lincsquad athlete Steve Clark finished sixth as Hereford’s Steve King took the title in a time of 2 hours, 32 minutes, 2 seconds, while and Uk Champion Sharon Colley took the women’s title.

Lincsquad, the local triathlon club, took much praise locally for bringing the event to the town while Paul Armstrong on behalf of the club told the Market Rasen Mail that Brigg Town Council had been incredibly supportive in their efforts to get the river looking its best for the day.

He added that the club itself had got involved in an unexpected way by getting members to volunteer to cut weed in wet suites.

MP Andrew Percy was also involved in last minute discussions and appeals with the Environment Agency on “weed and river flow issues.”

The Keyo Bomber doubled up as the World Championships this year – the first time the world title has been contested in the UK.

It has been held in the Czech Republic for the last 20 years and local organisers hope it will soon be back on the banks of the Ancholme again.

New world champion King took the title ahead of St Neots-based Tom Stead, who had closed the gap to 14 seconds by the end. Leos Rousavy of the Czech Republic was third.

Sharon Colley, runner-up at last year’s Brigg Bomber, was the first woman home, in a time of three hours, one minute and 30 seconds.

Places were:

1 Steve King (2 hours, 32 minutes, 2 seconds); 2 Tom Stead (2.32.16); 3 Leos Rousavy (CZE) (2.37.36); 4 Adam Norfolk (2.37.45); 5 Mike Mason (2.38.13); 6 Steve Clark (2.39.50); 7 Stefan Teichert (GER) (2.40.25); 8 Laszlo Szabo (GER) (2.40. 27