SETTING the alarm clock very early on a Sunday morning proved to be worthwhile for Stratford Triathlon Club’s juniors when their results started to pour in at the season-ending Brackley Triathlon.
Although not part of the West Midlands Series, the Brackley Triathlon is well attended and a bright but cold morning made for good racing conditions.
Kicking things off for Stratford Triathlon Club was 13-year-old Hope Lawton in the Tri-Star 3 category.
Hope showed immense courage to battle back from a fall on the bike leg in addition to mechanical problems on the bike to manage a season’s best finish of third place (35.33) over a 300m swim, 6km bike and 2.4km run.
In the competitive Tri-Star 2 category, 11-year-old Ellie Deaner secured her first victory of the season with a superb performance over the 200m swim, 4km bike and 1.8km run, finishing in 25.03.
Also on the podium for the first time in this category was Charlotte Marshall in third place (26.37), whilst Freya Fines-Allen (27.49) finished sixth after a terrific run boosted her position on the leaderboard.
Tri-Star 1 featured a well fought boys’ race over the 150m swim, 2km bike and 1.2km run and nine-year-old Jake Deaner matched his sister’s success as he won in a time of 15.30.
Oscar Fines-Allen in third place (16.46) showed the same brilliant running skills as his older sibling.
There was more Stratford glory as the youngest age category – Tri-Star Start – was won by eight-year-old Juliette Marshall (9.46).
Her fine cycle leg proved decisive in the 50m swim, 1km bike and 600m run event.
It is now time for Stratford TC’s youngsters to hang up the tri-suits until next year, but they do so on the back of a great set of results to motivate them throughout their winter training.