Juniors tackle the open sea in shadow of imposing castle

The Alnwick juniors who completed the Castles Challenge Junior Triathlon.

The Alnwick juniors who completed the Castles Challenge Junior Triathlon.

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Alnwick Triathlon Juniors

Six intrepid members of Alnwick Triathlon Juniors have recently completed the arduous Castles Challenge Junior Triathlon in the shadow of Bamburgh Castle.

Daniel Fletcher, Jack Carrigan, Jack Douglas, Robert Stephenson and Jessica Duffy all competed in the challenging Tristar three event – a 300-metre sea swim, a five-kilometre cycle ride, followed by a run of two kilometres.

Jessica Duffy finished second in the girls event with a time of 33.06.

In the boys’ event, Daniel Fletcher and Jack Carrigan narrowly missed a podium finish, coming in fourth and fifth respectively, with Jack Douglas finishing 13th and Robert Stephenson in 15th position.

As there was no youth event, 14-year-old Amy Thorne competed in the Adult Sprint Tri, but performed very strongly and came in fourth female overall and third among the juniors.

Fewer athletes compete in The Castles Junior Triathlon than pool-based races as the very nature of the open-water sea swim provides an additional energy-sapping challenge.

This was the third year for the junior race with the competitors facing a tough 300-metre run wearing full wetsuits through the sand dunes after the open-water swim to the transition area before beginning the cycle and run sections of the competition.

Last year, just two competitors from the juniors completed the Castles Challenge, so it was great to see so many more young triathletes prepared to take part in such an exacting event as the club continues to grow.