Alnwick’s Junior Triathletes
Several members of Alnwick’s hugely successful junior triathlon team have been in action at the Lakeside Spring Aquathlon in Killingworth and came home with a fistful of medals.
The event took place at the leisure centre on May 31 and comprised a pool-based swim followed by a run.
There was early success for the club with a third place for Max Breese in Tristar 2 for boys aged 11 and 12.
In Tristar 3, for boys aged 13 and 14, there was even more success for the club as it took three of the first four places.
Ross Charlton won the race overall with, as ever, an exceptionally fast run, with Daniel Harrison-Frater also doing very well in the run, coming in third.
The experienced Robert Stephenson was not far behind in fourth place after matching the others in the swim but just dropping back a little on the run.
The girls in Tristar 3 also performed with great determination. Georgina Lance came in fifth, with her twin sister Juliette not far behind her in sixth.
Adele Armitage finished seventh with a particularly strong swim leg.
Special mention should also be made of Millie Breese who is too young to be a member of the club, but came in second in Tristar 1 with a fabulous run.
A fortnight earlier, four of the club’s older members – all aged just 14 or 15 – took part in the Alnwick Sprint Triathlon, competing against adults, many highly experienced and equipped.
Amy Thorne put in the fastest swim of all the competitors and finished the event as the third fastest female U20. Jessica Duffy also did an amazing swim leg and finished 23rd of all the women, and sixth in the U20 category.
Adam Scott, in his first adult event, swum two minutes faster than he expected and dug deep in the windy conditions on the bike and run to finish third fastest U20 male.
Those windy conditions were the undoing though of the final junior competitor 14-year-old Jack Carrigan, who, despite a very fast swim, was dislodged from his bike by a fierce gust of wind and ended the event with a broken wrist, broken ankle and deep lacerations to his arm.
However, he says he’ll definitely be back next year.