Sadly for the swimming fans, a few days beforehand the triathlon was turned into a duathlon due to concerns over the water quality. The event now consisted of a fast and furious short flat run along the lake to spread everyone out then onto a mountain bike ride over a variety of terrain including fields, jump parks, decents through a wood and great swooping singletrack. Finally, the second run was largely flat and twisting with a bit of a hill thrown in for good measure.
Alnwick Tri again successfully completed their raid north of the border with the juniors stealing the show. Ben Murray-John, Max Breese and James Carragher made fine work of the short course race not only taking the top three spots in their age category but also overall honours. Finlay Wilde was the only Alnwick Tri member in the TS3 category and he ran and biked brilliantly on a tough course to take third place.
The adult contingent also came away with silverware (well, a box a chocolates actually) with Steve Carragher yet again taking the win in the veterans category and 5th place overall. Andrew Wilde and Rob Murray-John completed the Alnwick team with Rob showing great camaraderie during the bike section by stopping to help a fellow competitor who had had a crash on the decent (no serious damage done).
Millie Breese took part in the Inter Regional Championships (IRC’s) and in two days of racing won two medals.
The IRC’s themselves are a team event of 3 girls and 3 boys over the 2 age groups (TS2 - 11-12yr olds and TS3 -13-14yr olds) racing a triathlon and their finish position gains points towards the team result. Each race has 39 athletes.
On Day 1, Millie finished fifth, but contributed to a second place team finish for the North East, winning silver.
Day 2 was the mixed relays. Millie was the TS3 girl in one team and the results of the top two teams from each region were taken to award another national relay championship where they won a bronze medal, matching the previous performance of the vets at the adult mixed relays.