THIRTEEN Stratford Triathlon Club members produced impressive performances as the junior season began with the first event in the Midlands Junior Triathlon series – the Black Country Aquathlon at Wombourne on Saturday.
The event comprised of a swim followed by an off-road run and first up for Stratford was the youth category in which Stratford were represented by Ben Jones and Abbie Wootton over the 400m swim/4,000m run course.
After winning the Tri Star 3 championship last year, Ben showed good form in stepping up to the new longer distance, finishing in a fabulous eighth place in the boys’ race in a time of 23mins, 43secs.
Abbie also showed fabulous endurance in stepping up to the new distance, finishing second in the girls’ race and taking the first podium place of the season for Stratford in a time of 24mins, 6secs.
Next up was the Tri Star 3 category (300m swim/3,000m run) in which Helena West completed the race in an impressive fifth place in a time of 20mins, 54secs in the girls’ event.
In the boys’ race Lewis Flower competed his first event for the club in an impressive 12th place (21mins, 46secs) and Joshua Angus showed he is going to be a force to be reckoned with by finishing a fabulous eighth in 19mins, 29secs.
Joel Watson also put in a magnificent performance to finish third in a time of 17mins, 58secs and secure another podium place for the club.
Stratford were represented by three athletes in the Tri Star 2 category (200m swim/2,000m run) and all stepped up to the distance for the first time in the younger year of a two-year age category.
Georgia Pridham finished 20th in the girls’ race in a time of 15mins, 43secs and Molly Bullock – winner of the Tri Star 1 championship last year – finished in an incredible third position in a time of 12mins, 39secs, just four seconds behind the winner.
The boys were represented by Theo Skirvin who is growing in confidence all the time. He finished seventh in the boys’ race in a time of 13mins, 38secs.
In the Tri Star 1 category (150m swim/1,500m run) Stratford were represented by three athletes. In the girls’ race Kate Pridham ran the race of her life to earn another podium place for the club with a well deserved third place as a courageous sprint finish saw her complete the course in 11mins, 9secs.
The boys were represented by Joshua Flower in his first race for the club, finishing seventh in 11mins, 52secs, whilst Jake Deaner earned another podium place for the club with third place in 10mins, 4secs.
Last up for the club was seven-year-old Martha Bullock, trying to emulate her older sister Molly as she competed in her first race, taking part in the Tri Star Start category (50m swim/600m run) and she did not disappoint.
Martha took the lead from the starter’s whistle in the swim and, after exiting the pool with clear daylight between her and the rest of the field, she did not look back and secured the final podium position for the club with a fabulous first place in a time of 4mins, 40secs.
Head coach Richard Cox was delighted with the display of the Stratford team, commenting: “The whole of the junior tri section have worked incredibly hard in training over the winter and these results are the reward of this work.”