Exmouth ‘Tri-Hards’ come third in Honiton triathlon relay

PUBLISHED: 08:00 04 August 2018

From left to right: Janine Roberts, Shelly Stammers and Emily Budd. All members of the Exmouth Tri-hards. Pciture: Contributed

From left to right: Janine Roberts, Shelly Stammers and Emily Budd. All members of the Exmouth Tri-hards. Pciture: Contributed

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A group of have-a-go athletes from Exmouth have finished third in an East Devon triathlon event.

Janine Roberts, Shelly Stammers and Emily Budd entered the Honiton triathlon as a relay team and crossed the line in third place.

All three are members of the Exmouth Tri-hards – a group of women from the town who have come together to share in their passion for triathlon sports.

Shelly, who launched the group, said: “It was my first relay and to finish with two very good friends who are also Tri-hards ladies was the icing on the cake for me.

“The three of us are really keen to enter more relay events.”

Prior to this event, Janine had only completed her first triathlon last month, placing third in her class, and Emily competed in her first event as part of a relay team.

Shelly took part in the Exe Valley Triathlon earlier this year and won the female novice for her age group.

She also completed the Spartan Race UK in Gloucester last month with a team of eight from the Tri-hards.

Shelly added: “This was a challenging race – but as a team we are now looking forward to next year’s event.”

The Tri-hards group was launched last year after Shelly became curious to see if there was anyone else in Exmouth who had the same passion for tri-sports as she did.

Since then, some 1,300 have joined the group taking part in regular triathlon, running, swimming and cycling challenges.

Now Shelly has qualified as a level one running leader, allowing her to launch beginners’ running groups.

She has 20 women signed up to start an eight-week course due to start this week.

Tri-Hards members will be taking part in the Langport ladies-only triathlon in September and three of the group are doing the London to Brighton cycle ride.

The group is also holding its first charity dinner and dance at Woodbury Park in October to raise funds for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Shelly said Exmouth Tri-Hards have more than 30 ‘meet ups’ a week where women of all ages and abilities are ‘getting active, making friends and having fun’.

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