Alnwick Junior Tri
Thirteen youngsters from Alnwick Junior Tri Club travelled to Hexham on July 13 to take part in their first big triathlon of the season, organised by One Life Racing and came back with two first places, and some fantastic debut performances.
In Tristar 2 (12-13 year-olds), twins Georgina and Juliet Lance finished within five seconds of each other in 11th and 12th positions.
In the boys’ Tristar 2 event, Jack Stewart came in a creditable 14th.
In Tristar 3 (13-14-year-old) boys, the trio of Daniel Fletcher, Jack Carrigan and Jack Douglas showed their experience by all finishing in the top ten with a particularly strong performance in the cycling section.
Adam Scott put in a courageous effort in his first triathlon.
In Tristar 3 girls, Jessica Duffy surprised the more experienced triathletes in the event by storming home to a first-place finish, thanks in part to an amazingly fast swim.
Catherine Jackson came in 13th in the same event and Erin Hickman also put in a great performance.
Amy Thorne showed her class in the Youth section by coming out of the pool first of the entire field – and winning the girls’ event.
Peter Skirrow, again in his first triathlon, came in fourth in a field made up of mostly very experienced triathletes, and won the cycle section.
Special mention should be made of Robert Stephenson who came off his bike and was badly injured during the Tristar 3 race.
After being patched up by the Red Cross, he got back on his bike and finished the event with most members of the Alnwick Junior Club running the last few laps with him.
Despite his injuries he even managed to sprint to the finishing line.
The club was only formed last year, but has gone from just two members to around 20 in little more than a year, with a waiting list.
Many of the new members were taking part in their first triathlon after months of training and they all performed with great courage.
Four members are currently training for an endurance race – The Castles Challenge Triathlon at Bamburgh Castle, featuring an open-water sea swim.