SEVEN Stratford Triathlon Club juniors impressed in Sunday’s Sandwell Junior Triathlon, organised by Oldbury Swimming & Triathlon Club.
The course was a challenging one, starting with an open water swim followed by a technical bike course and finishing with a run around the lake at Swan Pool in a glorious setting just a few hundred metres from West Bromwich Albion FC.
First up for the club was Abbie Wootton in the youth category (400m swim, 8km bike, 3km run) who finished fourth in 42 minutes, 17 seconds.
The next athlete to race for the club was Ellie Deaner who ran a superb race in the Tri Star 3 category (300m swim, 6km bike, 2.4km run), managing to finish in fifth place in a time of 33 minutes and 33 seconds.
In the Tri Star 2 category (200m swim, 4km bike, 1.8km run) the club were represented by Molly Bullock and Charlotte Marshall. Both girls put in spirited performances with Molly finishing seventh in 25 minutes, 34 seconds and Charlotte tenth in 27 minutes, 34 seconds.
The Tri Star 1 athletes (150m swim, 2km bike, 1.2km run) were the next to race. In the girls’ event Juliette Marshall finished 12th in 26 minutes, 59 seconds.
Jake Deaner represented the club in the boys’ race and put in his best performance of the season to claim victory and the first trophy of the day for the club in 16 minutes, 3 seconds.
A strong swim was followed by a blistering bike leg in which he opened up a large lead which he comfortably held until the finish line.
Last to race for the club was Martha Bullock in the Tri Star Start category (50m swim, 1km bike, 600m run).
She started off with a fantastic swim leg on her open water swim debut as she exited the water in first place. Martha found the technical bike course challenging and was pushed back into second place – a position she held to finish second in 12 minutes, 2 seconds to claim the final trophy of the day for the club.