Early start reaps rewards for junior triathletes

Alnwick Junior Tri's trip to the Haltwhistle Aquathlon
Alnwick Junior Tri's trip to the Haltwhistle Aquathlon

Alnwick Junior Tri Club

Many of Alnwick Tri Junior’s newest members competed for the first time in the Haltwhistle Aquathlon on Saturday, April 18, getting up at 5am to make it to an early registration.

The event takes place in an open-air pool, but a crisp morning meant the competitors faced a chilly wait by the pool and a bracing transition as they went from the pool to the run.

In Tristar 2, a 300metre swim followed by a 2k run, Max Breese was first home for the Alnwick club, earning himself a fantastic seventh place in the boys’ event, while Ben Murray-John, competing for the first time, came in 10th after a very good run. Jessica Swan was the first Alnwick girl to get to the finish line in a very creditable 12th place.

In Tristar 3, which was a 400metre swim followed by a 3k run, Ross Charlton came in seventh in the boy’s event with, as ever, a terrific run.

Daniel Harrison-Frater also produced a great run in his first event to come home 11th.

The experienced duo of Jack Douglas and Robert Stephenson were not far behind, coming in 13th and 14th respectively. Both had competed last season in the same event and produced significantly faster times this year.

In the girls’ event, Georgina Lance was first home for the club in a very determined 13th.

New member Adele Armitage, not only finished the event in 14th place in her first outing for the club, but afterwards discovered she had competed with a broken knuckle and is now spending a couple of weeks in plaster.

Juliet Lance battled hard to come in 16th, with Isabel Fountain also digging deep to finish 17th in what was her first event for the club.

Although they are too young to join Alnwick Junior Tri, other competitors from the Alnwick area, Millie Breese, Owen Douglas and Max Murray-John also produced some great performances and will certainly be triathletes to watch in the future.