A STRONG field of 23 Stratford Triathlon Club juniors did the club proud with some fantastic performances including five podium finishes at the Warwickshire Children’s Triathlon.
The event was a home race for Stratford TC, held in the beautiful grounds of Warwick School, where the organisers put on a brilliant race that was enjoyed by both the competitors and the supporters in the glorious sunshine.
First up were the Tri-Star Start athletes (50m swim/1,000m bike/600m run) who set the tone for the day as Toby Doggett finished in seventh place in the boys’ race, whilst Juliette Marshall put in a magnificent display to finish in first place in the girls’ race.
A strong bike leg put Juliette into the lead and she held her nerve with a strong finish on the run to register her first triathlon win.
Next up were the Tri-Star 1 athletes (150m swim/2,000m bike/1,200m run) and the Stratford girls’ team featured Georgia Pridham (tenth), Isobel McArthur (15th), Kate Pridham (19th) and were led home by Molly Bullock who finished in first place for the second successive race.
This keeps Molly second overall in the West Midlands Junior Triathlon Series and within touching distance of the summit. Molly started strongly again in the swim, coming out of the pool with a lead she held for the entire race.
The Tri-Star 1 boys were represented by Henry Doggett (19th), Theo Skirvin (11th), Oscar Fines-Allin (third) and Jake Deaner (second), with Oscar and Jake taking well earned places on the podium.
Next to race was the Tri-Star 2 category (200m swim/4,000m bike/1,800m run) and representing Stratford were Cameron Black (12th male), Ellie Deaner (eighth female), Freya Fines-Allin (13th female), Charlotte Marshall (15th female), Lucy Sainsbury (16th female) and Scarlett Mackenzie (24th female).
The final race of the day was the Tri-Star 3 event (300m swim/6,000m bike/2,400m run) and racing for Stratford were Ben Jones (third male), Joshua Angus (15th male), Will Crowfoot (16th male), Tom Crowfoot (17th male), Abbie Wootton (fourth female), Hope Lawton (seventh female) and Helena West (17th female).
There were some excellent performances in this category with notable performances from Abbie who just missed out on a top three finish and Ben who finished in impressive style to bag a medal for his third placed finish.