STRATFORD Triathlon Club’s juniors yet again did the club proud when 14 athletes took on the course at the BCT Junior Duathlon in Stourport on Saturday.
The race consisted of a run followed by a bike section and ended with a second run section.
First to race for the club was Martha Bullock in the Tri Star Start Category (400m run/1,400m bike/200m run). Martha put in a valiant performance to finish second in a time of 7 minutes, 59 seconds.
Next to race were the Tri Star 1 athletes (1,200m run/3,400m bike/400m run). In the girls’ race the club were represented by Juliette Marshall (10th place, 18 minutes, 21 seconds) and Kate Pridham (9th place, 18 minutes, 1 second) and both girls put in excellent performances.
In the boys’ race the club were represented by Jake Deaner who finished in a fine third place (13 minutes, 53 seconds).
In the Tri Star 2 category (1,600m run/5,400m bike/600m run) girls’ race the club had three athletes competing – Georgia Pridham (15th place, 23 minutes, 39 seconds), Molly Bullock (8th place, 21 minutes, 6 seconds) and Charlotte Marshall who thanks to a terrific bike leg finished in a season’s best sixth place (20 minutes, 51 seconds).
In the boys’ race the club were represented by Theo Skirvin (11th place, 21 minutes, 37 seconds) and Oscar Fines-Allin who raced brilliantly to finish fifth (20 minutes, 7 seconds).
The club were represented by three athletes in the Tri Star 3 Category (2,000m run/7,400m bike/800m run).
Helena West finished sixth (27 minutes, 35 seconds), just behind fifth placed Ellie Deaner (26 minutes, 41 seconds). The boys were represented by Cameron Thomas who finished in 11th place in his debut race for the club (27 minutes, 6 seconds).
The final race of the day was the Youth Category (2,400m run/11,400m bike/1,200m run) in which Hope Lawton and Abbie Wootton represented Stratford.
Hope battled to a deserved fourth place (37 minutes, 8 seconds), but the day belonged to Abbie who continued her fine form to take another victory (35 minutes, 50 seconds) and add 10,000 valuable points to her tally in the West Midlands Junior Triathlon Series league table.
Following the fine performances of the junior athletes, Richard Cox, head coach of the junior tri club section, put on his racing shoes to take part in the Stratford Triathlon to show the juniors how it is done.
Report compiled by Mark Bullock.