Howl and Leeds Junior Triathlons

Back down to Hampshire again for the TCJ with an early start to the day for all of us.  The open water venue was in a small lake (not like Stowe) with a multi surface run loop around the lake.  This was the first time that an open water aquathlon has been included in the series and may have been the first open water experience under race conditions for a number of our triathletes.  Plus wet suits were optional which put some juniors into a dilemma wet suit or no wet suit, lose time in transition taking off when it was only a short run.  The day ended in mixed results for TCJ but a special mention to Thomas 4th and Alfie 5th in TS1, well done to Jake, Corrie and Mabel may be a disappointing race for you but sometimes races don’t always go to plan.  Review what went wrong with either your parents or coach and don’t worry about it, move onto the next race which is this weekend at Twyford and/or Beachborough.  TS3 Boys despite Daniel trailing on the swim not by much though he made his way through the leading runners to come home 1st proving he has great stammer and pace being able to call on the reserves when needed.  Let’s not forget Max who I still say is silent but deadly and came home 6th out of 20 boys.

Series results have been issued today as well including yesterday’s results and a quick well done to the following triathletes who are all currently in the top 10 TS1 Thomas 4th, TS2 Jake 8th and Corrie 9th, TS3 Daniel 1st, Max 6th and Mabel 3rd we are now half way through the series and only 6 races left and one weekend free the 24/25 June till the 17/7 so make the most of it!

Most important that is means our race at Sibford is only 3 weeks on Sunday.

Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon – Leeds

This weekend also saw Blaine and Katie racing in the Super Series Elite Youth Category and Freya in TS2 in Leeds.

This was a tough competition in more ways than one for all three of them with the weather proving challenging in itself.  The rain refused to give up all day, making for a very slippery bike section where there were many falls! Both Blaine and Katie put in strong performances amongst some very tough competition as always in the Elite races. Both came out of the swim looking strong into a long transition. They were then faced directly with a steep hill up onto a draft legal bike section where they both pushed hard to get into a bike pack early.  Strong runs by both to finish in very respectable mid field positions.

This was Freya’s 2nd open water swim competition and she was a little bit nervous! Freya was the 2nd wave of the day at 7:05 and the lake didn’t look inviting in the pouring rain, but as always she rose to the occasion and came out of the water mid field with a good swim time. Again, all TriStar’s had the same bike course (less laps) as the Elite triathletes, so it was very tough on the legs with long transitions exits. Well done Freya for a great effort and a good overall position at a very prestigious event!  This was an IRC qualifier so the competition was fierce…