Bel Royal 28/06/14
Another large turnout of members meant a busy morning of racing in the third Jacksons Junior Triathlon of 2014. Many of the younger competitors were taking part for the first time at a venue last used in 2012 but all coped well with the multi-lap course.
First out of the choppy sea in the Tristars Start age group was Elizabeth Atkinson followed by Hannah Worth with Luke Holmes and Casper Whitewood close behind. Holmes, recently crowned British Schools Cycling champion, put in his usual fast cycle to catch the leaders entering second transition and put clear space behind him on the run to finish first. A strong run from Worth saw her challenge Atkinson but Atkinson held on to finish first girl and second overall.
The Tristars 1 age group saw a tight battle from start to finish with Freddie Lucas first out of the swim but only 14 seconds covered Lucas and his competitors Harry Worth, Lily Scott and Tom Atkinson. To add to the excitement Charlie Hart, sixth out of the water, posted the fastest bike split to catch the leading group of 4 who remained almost together coming on the final 1200m run. It was Tom Atkinson who finally made the break on the run to take the victory with Lily Scott securing second place ahead of Lucas and Hart.
Tristars 2 and 3 started together but with Tristars 3 competing over a longer distance it was leading Tristars 2 competitor Jack Kennedy who exited the water first and consolidated his victory with the fastest cycle and run sections. Will Atkinson and Dan Roderick were 2nd and 3rd out the water, Roderick made up time on the bike section but was unable to do enough to catch Atkinson who held on for second. Aimee Hugh took the win for the girls ahead of Ellie Boustouler.
With only 2 taking part in the Tristars 3 event there was little competition for Peter Holmes and Adele Maher who completed the 300m swim, 8km cycle and 2.4km run, which was perfect preparation for their trip to Eton next weekend to take part in a major UK junior triathlon event.
The organisers thanked event sponsor Jacksons and all of the parents and volunteers who helped put on the event. For more details on the club, training and events see www.juniorjerseytri.com. The next local triathlon event is the Leukaemia and Lymphoma charity triathlon at Les Quennevais on Saturday 5th July while several club competitors travel to Eton for national level triathlon experience.
Individual category winners:
Tristars Start - Girls: Elizabeth Atkinson
Tristars Start - Boys: Luke Holmes
Tristars 1 - Girls: Lily Scott
Tristars 1 - Boys: Thomas Atkinson
Tristars 2 - Girls: Aimee Hugh
Tristars 2 - Boy: Jack Kennedy
Tristars 3 - Girls: Adele Maher
Tristars 3 - Boys: Peter Holmes