Junior triathlon events grow in popularity

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Several members of Alnwick Tri Juniors have taken part in one of many new triathlon events springing up across the North-East as the popularity of the sport grows.

The Havenpoint Triathlon in South Shields uniquely offered a choice of an open water sea swim or a pool-based swim as part of the sprint triathlon.

The day began well for the club with Max Breese, who competes in Tristar 2, coming in seventh in the boys event, and 11th overall.

Robert Stephenson continued the improvement he’s shown throughout the season by coming in ninth in Tristar 3 boys with one of the fastest transition times, thanks to some great coaching throughout the season. Benji Gillingham was not far behind in 11th place, with as ever, an excellent swim.

Adele Armitage in her first full triathlon put in a great effort with a personal best in the run, finishing 11th in the girls’ event.

Two of the Alnwick Juniors competed in the adult events and both excelled against much older and more experienced competitors. There was a choice of an open water swim or a pool based one; Dan Fletcher chose a pool swim and gained a well-deserved first place. Amy Thorne, who chose the sea swim, produced another amazing swim to finish second among the junior females.

Finally a mention for Millie Breese from Alnwick who’s not yet old enough to join the junior club but performed exceptionally well again coming in third in the girls’ race in Tristar 1 .

None of this would be possible without a team of fantastic, dedicated coaches who train our members five nights a week at swimming, cycling, running and transition. The club began only three years ago with two members but now is at full capacity and a long waiting list for the next season.